Arup welcomes Government initiative for better public spaces

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
8 May 2020

Arup today welcomed the NSW Government’s funding for new ways to create and improve public spaces for community use, saying there would be health, well-being and environmental benefits.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes has announced $15 million for local initiatives such as widening footpaths, closing roads and creating new cycleways. Mr Stokes said the number of people being outdoors and exercising during the COVID-19 lockdown had shown the value - and need - for more, better designed spaces.

It’s a fantastic example of how governments can be creative in this crisis and take their cities forward. ”

Tim Williams Australasia Cities Leader

“The announcement will incentivise councils and communities to collaborate with the State Government to improve places up and down the state, bringing a range of benefits including promoting walkable suburbs, cycling infrastructure, shared and safer streets for pedestrians and enhanced access to parks and other public spaces,” Dr Williams said.

Arup NSW/ACT Business Leader David Harding said this shows how governments can be highly creative in this crisis.

“Arup was delighted to be involved and encourages other governments to explore similar initiatives.”

I commend the thinking towards the long-term health and well-being of communities as well as the environment, with imagination, collaboration and targeted funding. ”

David Harding David Harding NSW and ACT Business Leader