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Councils to tap into $250m pool for public spaces

Sydney councils will each be eligible for up to $5.5 million in funding for parklands, town squares and main streets under a state government scheme aimed at speeding up development assessments for projects that boost jobs and housing.

The $250 million funding program is a further attempt by the NSW government to stimulate economic activity and ensure a pipeline of construction projects amid a severe slowdown sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said councils that fast-tracked assessments of job-creating projects would be given incentives through funding of up to $5.5 million each to spend on upgrading public domains under the state’s public spaces legacy program.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes.Credit:Jessica Hromas

It comes as the government has pushed through determinations for 67 planning proposals and projects worth $17.7 billion, including schools and housing, across the state since the pandemic struck in March. A further 13 projects are due to be decided upon by mid-August after their assessment was sped up.

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