Wilmot and Central streets, which connect Pitt and George streets opposite the Event Cinemas in the city centre, are going to be transformed into pedestrian and business-friendly spaces.
The laneways currently have poor lighting and narrow footpaths that force people to walk on the roadway.
New energy-efficient LED lighting, high-quality paving and public art will make these laneways safer, more welcoming places.
These laneways are in one of the busiest parts of our city, so it's vital we make the most of them by reclaiming them as safer and more relaxed spaces for everyone. There's also the potential for outdoor dining, great street food and live music. Access to existing loading docks and car parking in both streets will be maintained.
It's the latest step in our laneway revitalisation program that has already seen the redevelopment of nearby Albion Place, as well as Ash Street and Angel Place near Martin Place.
Light rail is set to transform our city centre, and our plans support this by creating a pedestrian-friendly network of streets and laneways where residents, workers and visitors can slow down and enjoy the city.
We'll be calling for construction tenders later this year, with work set to begin in early 2014.