Burwood Council Welcomes Transformational Funding Boost

Published on 01 June 2022

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Council’s draft proposal reimagining the Deane Street Precinct will shortly become reality following confirmation that that project has been greenlit for funding by the NSW Government.

The $500,000 commitment is part of the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces Round 2 Program, with Burwood successful in receiving the maximum amount of funding to bring this innovative pilot activation to life.

A core part of the project is the re-imagination of our streets as places for people, whether it's new walking paths, turning asphalt into art or trialling new ways to use our streets for outdoor dining and passive recreation, the Deane Street Precinct Transformation project will fulfil a broad range of social, economic, health and environmental needs for our community.

A portion of Deane Street will be closed to traffic and beautified by new landscaping, the installation of catenary lighting, public art floor treatments and outdoor dining furniture to make it a vibrant and active space for people to interact, socialise and relax.

The announcement was officially made on Monday 2 May 2022 when Mayor of Burwood John Faker was joined by NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes.

“We are eager to test new and innovative ideas that benefit our community, and Deane Street is the perfect location,” said Cr Faker. “I am really proud to secure this funding from the NSW Government and we look forward to working on this transformational project to make the case for a more significant change.”

Executive Director Cities, Revitalisation and Place, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, said the Streets as Shared Spaces program is part of the NSW Government’s focused efforts to help residents and the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These projects provide improvements to how we use our public spaces, and will create employment opportunities and make our streets more attractive and welcoming for people. This project is one of many that will activate and re-imagine an under-utilised space and provide social, health and economic benefits for the local community," Dr Butler-Bowdon said.

This program is proudly funded by the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces Program.