The New South Wales Government’s new bill aims to provide additional protection for parks in Greater Sydney – expanding and retaining the city’s precious green space, and giving communities a stronger voice, in the city. part of a 50-year vision.
The white paper proposes a new Greater Sydney Parklands Trust to act as the city’s champion for existing and future parks.
In releasing the white paper on the new framework for public consultation, NSW Minister of Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, notes: âAs New Wales’ premier public spaces public as important as the roads, trains and streetcars that move our people.
âParks are for everyone, no matter where you live, and we need to change the way we manage individual parks to one that benefits Greater Sydney as a whole.
âHow we collectively manage these parks is critical. We need to focus on community participation, governance, funding and operating frameworks, as well as strong and sustainable sources of funding, to achieve the ambitions of our 50-year vision for Sydney Parks.
The Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP) is currently the umbrella agency for Sydney’s most iconic parks – Centennial and Moore Parks, Callan Park, Western Sydney Parklands, Fernhill Estate and Parramatta Park, which cover over 6,000 hectares and are visited by over 40 million people. people every year.
Minister Stokes said the white paper charts a course for greater Sydney parks legislation that would strengthen protection for Sydney’s most iconic parks by unilaterally banning their sale; the introduction of new limits on commercial activities; develop a sustainable funding model for the last generations and give communities a stronger voice in their future. Since the establishment of the SPG in July 2020, it has:
- Publication of the landscaping plan for Callan Park, which included $ 14 million worth of work;
- Presentation of a draft management plan for Fernhill Estate;
- Completion of stages four and five at Bungarribee Park in Western Sydney, creating better access to green spaces and community parks;
- Regeneration of native bush in Centennial Park and launch of native arts and culture installation on Gurawil Trail; and
- Contribution of a $ 4.5 million upgrade to ES Marks Field.
- Community and stakeholder feedback on the 50-year vision discussion paper, released last year, contributed to the proposal set out in the white paper.
Minister Stokes added, âWe are open and transparent about this process. The white paper will be on display for six weeks and we look forward to hearing what the community has to say. “
The white paper is on public display until the 5e July. To learn more and provide feedback on the white paper, visit planningportal.nsw.gov.au/GSPwhitepaper.
For the 50 year vision go to planning.nsw.gov.au/GSPwhitepaper
Image: Cover of the 2021 NSW Gov Park White Paper.
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