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Place Management

Better Neighbourhood Projects

The Better Neighbourhood Program (BNP) is a long-running and successful Council program that focuses on the capital upgrades of local centres outside of the Parramatta CBD. The BNP commenced in 1999 and delivers improvements to centres with the goal of enhancing safety, vitality and economic prosperity.

Between 2011 and 2021, Council invested $14,961,333 in BNP projects, which consist primarily of:

  1. Capital upgrades to local, town and neighbourhood centres. Examples of projects delivered include streetscape upgrades at Ermington, Toongabbie, Carlingford, Mobbs Lane and Tintern Avenue shops.
  2. Connecting Centres projects to improve access to local centres and neighbourhoods; and
  3. Complementary public domain improvements.

A total of $3,200,000 has been allocated to the BNP over the next two financial years. This includes $400,000 in FY 2021/22 and $2,800,000 in FY 2022/23. The funding allocation is larger in the second year to allow for detailed design and construction processes to be completed in FY 2022/23.

Areas are prioritised for upgrade based on a number of factors, including the condition of the centre, its vibrancy, and its connectivity. The community voice also plays an important role and over 1,300 local residents completed feedback surveys to help prioritise projects in 2021/22 and 2022/23.

A list of the proposed Better Neighbourhood Projects due for completion by June 2023 is provided below:


Gibbons Street Shops

Centre upgrade including new hardscaping works, with a focus on improving outdoor dining provision



Stamford Avenue Shops

Centre upgrade including new hardscaping treatment with improved accessibility components



Epping Town Centre

High Streets Upgrade - Improvements to high streets within Epping Town Centre



Epping Town Centre

Activation Program - Continue to improve the vibrancy of Epping Town Centre through small-scale activation efforts



Lawndale Avenue Shops

Upgrade of Don Moore Reserve Park, providing new play equipment and improving function of existing sports infrastructure



The Chisholm Centre

Provision of a new public toilet block for patrons



Woodstock Road Shops

Upgrade of Douglass Avenue Reserve, providing a new playground shade structure to cover existing play equipment



Wentworthville Shops

Upgrade of Shannons Paddock Open space, replacing existing playground with new equipment for teenagers and providing new seating and shade structures



Sherwood Street Shops

Minor centre upgrade with new hardscaping treatment and formal landscaping/softworks



Granville Town Centre

Connecting Granville upgrade – explore delivery of key footpath and cycleway infrastructure between Council assets and into Granville high streets



Ermington Shopping Town

Public domain upgrade and laneway activation to enhance vibrancy within the centre, supporting retail function and nighttime economy



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