The NSW Government will embark on an in-depth study and extensive community consultation to determine exactly how and where Sydneysiders use open space, including parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, dog parks and walking trails.
The first extensive study of its kind, the Greater Sydney Outdoors Survey aims to consider the different types of uses, while determining what areas need more usable, green open space.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said it was important the NSW Government understands how different people use different types of open space to plan correctly and provide for those needs.
“This study will assess how people use open space and is the first step in clearly understanding what Sydneysiders need and where they need it,” Mr Roberts said.
“Sydney is renowned for its beautiful beaches and open space, however the way parks and walk ways are being used is changing. This is why it is vitally important we understand the ways local open spaces are being used, to be able to effectively plan for the future.”
Commissioner of Open Space and Parklands, Fiona Morrison, said the Greater Sydney Outdoor Survey would provide vital insight on opportunities for more open space as well as inform strategies to address identified deficiencies.
“Developing a sound understanding of Sydney’s current use of open spaces is essential, in order to consider the many uses open space provides, outside of dedicated sporting fields,” Ms Morrison said.
To kick-start the Greater Sydney Outdoors Study, Mr Roberts also announced great news for family members of both the human and furry variety, with funding for four new dog parks in Sydney’s west and south-west.
The NSW Government’s contribution of $350,000 will go towards the planning, design and construction of four dedicated dog off leash areas that will enable surrounding communities to come together with their four-legged friends to enjoy dedicated dog parks in Bradbury, Bankstown, Hebersham and Quakers Hill.
“This funding is another step towards delivering on the commitment the NSW Government made to work with councils and industry to create wonderful places that children, families and individuals can enjoy, close to their homes,” Mr Roberts added.
“We want to hear from all Sydneysiders – the people who use the parks, playgrounds, dog parks and cycling and walking tracks. I encourage everyone to let us know how they use open space so we can accurately plan for and shape our future open space.”