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 2019, Council invested $11,761,333 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 $620,000 in FY 2019/20 and $2,580,000 in FY 2020/21. The funding allocation is larger in the second year to allow for detailed design and construction processes to be completed in FY 2020/21.

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 nearly 400 local residents provided feedback to prioritise projects in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

A list of the proposed Better Neighbourhood Projects due for completion by June 2021 is provided below:

Centre
Project
19/20
20/21
Telopea Station Centre Design only; in anticipation of Light Rail works   $35,000
Carlingford Station Centre Provide improvements to Edwin Ross Reserve, including a new playground, fencing and landscaping. $50,000 $150,000
Waratah Shopping Centre, Telopea Small-scale upgrades and activation to combat anti-social behaviour in partnership with winner of CoP's "Pitch for Good" $25,000  
Toongabbie Shops Minor capital upgrades, landscaping and economic activation to improve vacancy rates $65,000 $250,000
Yates Ave shops, Dundas Undertake Stage 2 improvement works following the construction of Dundas Park Pavilion $50,000 $250,000
Woodstock Road shops, Carlingford Accessibility, street furniture and minor upgrades $50,000 $350,000
Epping Improve the vibrancy of Epping town centre through small scale activation such as markets, pop-up retail, shop frontage improvement $30,000 $30,000
Dundas Station Centre Minor capital upgrades and landscaping, including within Winjoy Reserve   $150,000
Brodie Street shops, Rydalmere Major capital upgrade to tie in with light rail works and improve connectivity $50,000 $600,000
Bartlett Street shops, Ermington Centre upgrade including pavement, landscaping and upgrades to adjacent playground and park frontage $50,000 $350,000
Bungaree Road shops, Toongabbie Upgrade to streetscape and public domain $50,000 $100,000
Picasso shops, Toongabbie Gallery gardens tennis court, playground and picnic area upgrade $50,000 $350,000
Lomond Cres shops, Winston Hills Activation and minor upgrade    $130,000
Oatlands Village, Belmore Street East Tree planting, minor landscaping $100,000  
Ermington Shopping Town Explore connectivity improvements through traffic studies and/or Master Plan to support current and future surrounding development   $50,000
Mobbs Lane shops, Carlingford Investigate the opportunity for improved connectivity between the shops and Mobbs Lane Reserve, such as via additional tree planting $50,000