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Each place on the Northern Beaches has its own character, unique history, geography and community.

Through a place making framework, we work to celebrate and improve these unique places. We undertake research and connect with our community to understand how our town and village centres are operating. When we know what’s working – and what isn’t – we can make positive change.

Project for Public Spaces describes place making as:

Place making inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, place making refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.

Council and community can drive enhancements in our town and village centres. The Place Team contributes to this by piloting initiatives and delivering outcomes that respond to needs. Whether it’s an art installation, a market, new seating or lighting, we create more vibrant, connected, safe places. Businesses, schools, residents and community groups are also place makers. We believe that good place making is all about collaboration.

Discover our Places

What makes our places, our town and village centres unique? Geography, size, topography, history, built form, function, transport linkages and community all meld together to form a unique character.

The Greater Sydney Commission North Plan outlines a hierarchy for centres, which relates to their scale and function. This hierarchy informs our focus, allowing us to work closely with our strategic and town centres listed below as well as smaller local centres.

Strategic Centres

Our strategic centres as defined by the Greater Sydney Commission are Brookvale - Dee Why, Frenchs Forest, Manly and Mona Vale.

Local Centres

Our local centres are Avalon, Balgowlah, Collaroy, Forestville, Freshwater, Manly Vale, Narrabeen, Newport and Seaforth

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