Streets and public spaces in Crookwell, Taralga Town and Laggan Village will be transformed with new art installations, street furniture, planter boxes, trees and temporary cafes, thanks to $215,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.

Two projects from Upper Lachlan Shire Council are among 48 successful proposals across the State.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the funding will help transform the areas, providing more public space for the community to relax, exercise and enjoy.

“The Streets as Shared Spaces program is part of the NSW Government’s efforts to encourage new and improved pedestrian and active transport links that facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Not only will these projects improve how we use our public spaces, they will create employment opportunities and make our streets more attractive and welcoming for people.”

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said there had been overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 145 applications from 99 councils.

“Whether it is new cycle lanes, pedestrian-only streets or wider footpaths, we’re working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and into the future.”

“The successful projects demonstrate how innovative thinking can transform under-utilised space into accessible public spaces for our communities to enjoy,” Mr Stokes said.

Upper Lachlan Mayor John Stafford praised the initiatives as welcome additions to the respective townships.

“These projects add to the overall attractiveness and livability of our villages and through some simple additions make a remarkable difference,” he said.