Better Neighbourhood Projects

The Better Neighbourhood Program (BNP) is a long running and successful Council program focusing on the capital upgrades of neighbourhood 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 2016, Council invested $7,097,833 via the BNP into neighbourhoods, primarily capital upgrades to local, town and neighbourhood centres. Examples of projects delivered under this program include streetscape upgrades of centres such as Ermington, Westmead, Carlingford, Mobbs Lane and Iron Street shops; Connecting Centres projects to deliver more accessible centres and neighbourhoods; and complementary public domain improvements.

A total of $4,663,500 has been allocated under the BNP over the next two financial years. This includes $1,526,500 in FY 2017/18 and $3,137,000 in FY 2018/19. The funding allocation is larger in the second year to allow for consultation and design processes to be undertaken in FY 2017/18.

Areas are prioritised for upgrades 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 900 local residents provided feedback for project prioritising in 2017/18 and 1018/19.

The following is a list of the proposed Better Neighbourhood Projects due for completion in 2018:

Centre Project Name Project Scope
Victoria and Park Roads, Rydalmere Victoria and Park Road Shops Minor Upgrade Minor improvements, including cleansing and improved signage
Collett Park Village shops Dan Mahoney Reserve Service Provision Service provision at Dan Mahoney Reserve, North Parramatta
Lawndale Ave shops, North Rocks Lawndale Ave Shops Upgrade Addition to existing streetscape funding to deliver paving improvements, tree planting and new street furniture.
Plympton Rd shops, Carlingford North Plympton Road Shops Upgrade Streetscape upgrade that may include footpath upgrade, access improvements, line marking, car park works and landscaping.
Toongabbie shops Toongabbie Access Upgrade Access upgrade between Ancona Ave car park and Toongabbie Station including an upgrade to the pedestrian crossing.
Picasso shops, Toongabbie Picasso Shops Minor Upgrade Planting of street trees and installation of new street furniture linking to Parramatta Ways.
Iron Street shops, North Parramatta Connecting Centres – Lake Parramatta to North Parramatta Addition to existing project funding to deliver supporting pathway infrastructure in Belmore Park, North Parramatta.
Windsor Road shops, Northmead Windsor Road Shops Minor Upgrade Footpath upgrade and planting of street trees.
Harris Park Station Street East Upgrade Streetscape upgrade, including footpath upgrade, associated landscape works and broader outdoor dining initiatives
Ermington Shopping Town Centre George Kendall Riverside Park Upgrade Multi-function sports court at George Kendall Riverside Park
Gibbons Road shops, Oatlands

Bells Road shops, Oatlands

Oatlands village, Belmore Street East

Burnside Shopping Village
Oatlands Connecting Centres Tree planting, wayfinding signage and accessibility improvements (developed in alignment with Parramatta Ways)
Tintern Ave shops, Telopea Tintern Ave Shops Upgrade Pavement upgrade, improved connectivity to reserve and reserve embellishments
Yates Ave shops, Dundas Yates Avenue Shops Precinct upgrade Parking, seating in park, connectivity and street trees.
Carlingford Carlingford Public Domain Master Plan Implementation Implement priority public domain works from the Carlingford Public Domain Master Plan
Epping Epping Town Centre improvement Upgrade to town centre and associated catchment that may include wayfinding, streetscape improvements, landscaping or street furniture.
Rebecca Parade shops, Winston Hills Rebecca Parade Shops Minor Upgrade Landscaping and trees within the adjacent Goliath Ave pocket park.
Carmen Drive shops, Carlingford Carmen Drive Shops Minor Upgrade Footpath improvement, wheel stop paint refresh, potential improvements to adjacent pocket park
Ventura Rd shops, Northmead Ventura Road Shops Access Upgrade Upgrade of connection between small pocket park and centre
The Chisholm Centre, Winston Hills Chisholm Centre Minor Upgrade Paving and landscape improvements on the upper shop terrace.
Station Road shops, Toongabbie Station Road Shops Upgrade Formalise street parking in McCoy Street and street tree planting. Design in 2017/18, construct in 2018/19.
Wentworthville Station shops Wentworthville Station Shops Minor Upgrade Provision of pedestrian shade through the planting of street trees on Wentworthville Ave.
Constitution Hill shops Constitution Hills Shops Upgrade New planter boxes, paving and landscaping around the Emma Cres entrance. Design in 2017/18, construct in 2018/19.
Newington Marketplace Newington Central Precinct Upgrade External paint of the community centre, playground embellishments, school connectivity and landscaping improvements around the centre
The Piazza Wentworth Point Wentworth Point Business Activation Events and activations to support local businesses