$10m footpath upgrade project earmarked for Sydney
Commercial property dwellers in the New South Wales capital will benefit from a multimillion-dollar cash investment to upgrade inner-city Sydney.
City of Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore announced last week (September 28) a $10 million funding boost to revamp footpaths in the harbourside city - benefiting both pedestrians and local businesses.
"There are more than 1.7 million square metres of footpaths across the inner-city and we're upgrading them to create better connected, safer and more interesting pedestrian links," Ms Moore said.
Improving the aesthetics of Sydney's streetscape will benefit local businesses in the area, with the upgrades aiming to support growing retail precincts in the region.
Comprising the project is a $4 million footpath upgrade along Castlereagh Street, a $1.2 million makeover of Glebe Point Road including bike parking facilities and improvements to 12 intersections, and a $6 million revamp of Pitt Street Mall - Australia's busiest retail precinct.
Ms Moore said the project would also deliver significant environmental benefits to the city, with 36,000 new shrubs to be planted around the CBD.
"Grass, plants and trees naturally cool hot urban areas, so by replacing concrete we can make our streets more beautiful, more sustainable and improve air quality - especially during summer," she added.