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  • Manly public spaces in line for enhancements thanks to State Government grant

Friday, 21 August 2020

Almost $1 million has been allocated to improving public areas into user-friendly, safe spaces in a number of key areas of Northern Beaches Council, while still supporting social distancing requirements of COVID-19.

Council was awarded $975,000 in one-off grant funding from the State Government’s $15 million Streets as Shared Spaces program, which aims to support social distancing during COVID-19, promote the health of local economies and increase greener public spaces.

$875, 000 will go to improve connections around the Manly town centre and Bilgola, while the remaining $100,000 will go to enhancing public space and movement in Tania Park, Dee Why, Mona Vale and Newport.

Council will consult further with the community prior to embarking on any work on these projects.

Details of the proposed works

Manly and Bilgola ($875,000)

  • Improve and activate connections around town centres and beaches
  • Creations of walking and cycling-friendly links
  • Conversion of roads to 10 km/h shared zone, with appropriate threshold treatments and traffic calming measures
  • Activation of Darley Road and The Corso by extending outdoor seating
  • The Bilgola shared zone will connect into the Northern Beaches Coast Walk, a major attraction within Sydney, and connect the walk between Newport to the south and Avalon to the north via Bilgola Beach.

Tania Park, Dee Why, Mona Vale and Newport ($100,000)

  • Over one weekend per month, each location will be subject to full or part road closures to provide streets for people to facilitate walking and bike riding to and around the area
  • Encourage health and wellbeing through social distancing while supporting the local economy
  • Experience streets as shared spaces free of traffic.

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