You might have seen a story in the Sydney Morning Herald at the end of last week about the City's new street furniture.
The $3 million project will improve pedestrian amenities and help make the city centre and villages even more enjoyable places to walk, meet and spend time.
There are nine pieces in the new collection - a seat with arm rests, a pedestrian light pole, three bollards, a bubbler, a tree guard, tree grate and a bin. They will be installed throughout Sydney, with new trees planted at rest areas for shade.
The first prototypes of the bronzed aluminium, stainless steel and timber furniture have been installed on Kent Street.
The new models will replace a number of different styles dotted across the City of Sydney area, which is the result of past local government amalgamations. They will also be rolled out across new large-scale projects such as the transformation of George Street into a pedestrian boulevard, the Barangaroo development, Green Square project and a revitalised Darling Harbour.
The furniture installation is another step in the City's efforts to create a connected urban environment that encourages walking among residents, commuters and visitors, including:
- A $50 million program to light up and beautify the footpaths of Sydney to make the city more attractive for pedestrians and local businesses;
- Installing 62 new smartpoles with LED lights and more than 12,600 square-metres of granite paving, replacing aging asphalt along eight major routes including Castlereagh, Elizabeth and Pitt streets; and
- A $220 million commitment to the pedestrianisation of George Street, creating greater space for walking and encouraging new day and night-time outdoor dining opportunities.
It's about making our city more accessible, and we hope the increased foot traffic will be a boon for local businesses. We serve one million people every day and are doing what we can to make their experience of the city a truly enjoyable and positive one.