Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Spaces Activation Program

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The Greater Sydney Crown Land Open Space Activation Program is designed to help provide more quality green public space on Crown land across Greater Sydney. The NSW Government provided $2.6 million to the program in 2020/21 and is providing a further $15 million in 2021/22.

The second round is anticipated to open in the second quarter of 2021/22.

Select local councils and Aboriginal land councils in Greater Sydney will be invited to apply for funding to deliver projects to activate identified Crown land sites to provide more quality public open space for communities.

This latest round follows the allocation earlier this year of more than $2.64 million for 4 pilot projects, including:

  • $1.5 million for City of Canada Bay to enhance Howley Park reserve at Five Dock Point for public recreation, swimming and kayaking.
  • $600,000 for City of Parramatta to light a shared pathway between Bankwest Stadium and Parramatta CBD to promote its safe night time use.
  • $400,000 to Northern Beaches Council to improve a reserve at Cromer, with walking trails, signage, viewing and seating areas and bush regeneration.
  • $142,000 for Lane Cove Council to rejuvenate a waterfront reserve at Greenwich with an upgraded walking trail and sandstone steps, to improve access to the foreshore.

Howley Park East

Manns Point Lookout, Lane Cove

Manns Point Lookout, Lane Cove$142,000 was allocated to rejuvenate a waterfront reserve in Greenwich with an upgraded walking trail and sandstone steps, that will improve access to the foreshore.

Over half of the Manns Point project’s cost will be covered by the program, with Lane Cove Council contributing the remaining $115,500.

The project will open Manns Point to more recreational opportunities, enabling locals to enjoy a picnic in the natural setting, walk from the lookout to the lower foreshore, and enjoy the river views.

By improving Crown land, the public can take advantage of open spaces that support healthier and happier communities. These investments will also support jobs while creating recreation facilities that can be enjoyed for generations.

Community members will be invited to have their say to help finalise the open space works, which will complement the upgraded walking trail and sandstone steps announced today.

To learn more, view the department's Waterfront lookout upgraded for public use media release.

Enhancing Howley Park East, Five Dock Point

Howley Park East, Five Dock Point

$1.5 million was provided to upgrade a park on the eastern side of Five Dock Point, with a new lookout area and improved access to the beach for swimmers and kayakers.

The project is being delivered in partnership with City of Canada Bay, which will transform the eastern side of Howley Park Reserve with a lookout area, bench seats facing east over the water, a sloping lawn terrace, a walkway to the foreshore and lighting so that it can be enjoyed by the entire community.

It will also improve Howley Park’s views over Parramatta River.

Other improvements include:

  • Bush regeneration and landscaping to provide quality open space for both passive and active recreation, including swimming, kayaking and canoeing; and
  • A new pedestrian and disability access ramp, so the reserve and beach can be accessed by all.

To learn more, view the department’s Howley Park project to enhance Five Dock Point media release.