Funding For Better Green Spaces in Eastern Suburbs
Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith and Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton have welcomed NSW Government funding for new and improved open green space areas.
Local councils can now apply for the Metropolitan Greenspace Program’s 2016-17 funding round for a share of $4 million in grants to create better green space areas and outdoor public facilities.
Grant funding will be matched dollar for dollar by local councils. “Parks and bushland areas are a key part of making our suburbs great places to live and I’m pleased the NSW Government is providing this funding for better open space areas.” Mr. Notley-Smith said. “I encourage our local councils to apply for funding to help provide new and improved facilities for our local community.” Ms. Upton said.
Projects that receive funding will help build Sydney’s Green Grid linking open spaces, treelined walkways and cycleways to create a network of green connections from people’s homes to local centres, workplaces and recreational areas. The NSW Government contribution to the 2016-17 Metropolitan Greenspace Program has increased to $4 million in 2016-17, up from $3 million in 2015-16.
Since 1990 the Metropolitan Greenspace Program has provided $41 million for more than 600 projects in partnership with local councils. Applications open on 19 January 2017 and close on 31 March 2017. Successful projects will be announced in June 2017. Councils can submit their applications via an online form for the first time at: https://greatersydneycommission.formstack.com/forms/mgp_application_form_2016