Sydney is to invest $43.5 million converting the city’s downtown retail destination George Street into what it hopes will become a ‘world-class pedestrian boulevard’.
The project will include new green space and street furniture, wider footpaths, and outdoor dining areas. Already a 9000sqm car-free area is already underway, spanning from the George Street light rail route from Town Hall down to Railway Square.
In a separate move, a new public space will be created on Devonshire Street between Chalmers and Elizabeth streets in Surry Hills, with construction scheduled to start next year.
“We’ve loved seeing people reclaim George Street south while the temporary road closure measures have been in place,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore. “Now we want to make these measures permanent, giving people more space to window shop, dine and walk while maintaining physical distancing.”
The famous street is home to various retail stores and dining venues, including the new premium IGA Locali grocer, the city’s Apple flagship and a giant Mecca store. New stores are set to open on George Street later this year, including the country’s largest Lululemon store and a flagship for Swiss luxury brand Bally.
“We are working closely with businesses to minimise disruption,” Moore added. “Extending this public space with permanent, quality infrastructure will make the whole area more appealing for workers, visitors, residents and local businesses, and encourage walking through the centre of our city.”
Supported by all levels of government, the project will receive $7.05 million from the Australian government for the part between Bathurst and Goulburn Streets, and $1 million from the NSW government for the overall works.