Manly's Streets Transformed as Shared Spaces

Two popular Manly locations are among four across the Northern Beaches to undergo temporary transformations to improve pedestrian connections, thanks to $875,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the project will improve connections at Darley Road, Whistler Street and Kangaroo Lane in Manly as well as The Serpentine in Bilgola Beach, providing better access to public spaces so the community can relax, exercise and enjoy.

“The Streets as Shared Spaces program is a key part of the NSW Government’s efforts to encourage new and improved pedestrian and active transport links that facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Griffin said.

“Not only will these projects improve how we use our public spaces and get around, they make our streets more attractive and welcoming for people.”

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said there had been overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 145 applications from 99 councils.

“Whether it is new cycle lanes, pedestrian-only streets or wider footpaths, we’re working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and into the future,” Mr Stokes said.

“The successful projects demonstrate how innovative thinking can transform under-utilised space into accessible public spaces for our communities to enjoy.”

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan welcomed the program for Manly and Bilgola.

“These are welcome initiatives that will activate some of our town centres, support our local businesses and improve access for residents and visitors,” Mayor Regan said.

“We are proud of how we have helped business through this challenging time and this is a great way to continue to support the recovery.”

The Streets as Shared Spaces program aims to support physical distancing requirements during COVID-19, promote the health of local economies and furthers the NSW Government’s Premier’s Priority to create greener public spaces. Councils will need to obtain all of the relevant approvals and engage with their community in delivering the projects.

For the list of 48 successful proposals: