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As one of Sydney’s most precious resources, green spaces are a vital part of our future for exercise, relaxation, rest and community building.

In recent times with COVID-19 restrictions putting a halt to gyms and normal sporting activities, our local parks became an even more important part of our day to day lives.  45 per cent of people spent more time in public space than they did before the COVID-19 restrictions.

With this in mind, current Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, is looking to kickstart a community wide conversation about how our open and public spaces can grow with us.

He also seeks to establish a Greater Sydney Parklands agency which will manage existing and potential new state government owned open spaces and parklands across Greater Sydney. These include Centennial Parklands, Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands, Callan Park and Fernhill.

The recent A 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney’s Open Space and Parklands discussion paper explored the importance of planning green spaces. 

They are now asking for feedback by Friday 11 September 2020, 11:59PM (AEST).

“We are excited to see this level of commitment to planning green spaces. In the future we hope to see more green spaces to enable bike riders to cycle safely through but also to stop, enjoy and relax,” commented Kim Lavender, Bicycle NSW Communications Manager. 

We encourage everyone to read the A 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney’s Open Space and Parklands discussion paper and complete the 5 minute survey here.

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