Streets Alive

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Streets Alive is a program by Council to undertake public domain master plans in all retail centres throughout the Inner West local government area.

Council will soon be developing public domain master plans for Rozelle, Marrickville, Enmore, Newtown, Dulwich Hill, Leichhardt and Balmain. Council will prepare plans for the remaining retail centres in the local government area in the future.

Your views will inform our 2023 Master Plans on how to make our streets greener with more places to sit down, have less traffic with greater pedestrian access and be places where you can relax and enjoy this incredible part of Sydney.

What is a public domain master plan?

A public domain master plan is a 10-year document that guides future planning of our public and shared spaces. This includes footpaths, cycleways, street trees and vegetation, public art, street furniture, pedestrian lighting and paving materials. Master plans aim to improve access and amenity and to create a shared vision for our public places.

Master plans are developed in collaboration with community members and stakeholders. It is used by Council, private developers, businesses and our communities for the following:

  • Design direction and standards information for Planning Proposal and Development Application processes
  • Voluntary Planning Agreement negotiations
  • Support prioritisation and allocation of budget in Council’s Capital Works Program
  • Support grant funding opportunities
  • Help to develop a common vision for our public domain improvements.

The public domain master plans will not be proposing any changes to the density or land uses, it will focus solely on the streets and Council owned public spaces.

Upcoming Public Domain Master Plans

Council will be working on six public domain masterplans in 2023. We will undertake master plans for other centres in future years. Find out more about the projects to be undertaken this year:

Rozelle Town Centre Master Plan

The Rozelle and Lilyfield communities have experienced ongoing disruption resulting from NSW Government mega projects. The construction of the Westconnex interchange, the Iron Cove link, development in the Bays Precinct, and the Government’s refusal to demolish the dangerous former Balmain Leagues Club site, have all caused damaging impacts to our community.

Transport for NSW will prepare plans for the revitalisation of Victoria Road and Darling Street post-Westconnex construction. Council and the community should have a say in this opportunity and Rozelle Town Centre’s revitalisation.

We will use the master plan and community feedback to advocate to the NSW Government to deliver the real and permanent improvements to amenity in Rozelle that have been promised.

Community engagement for Rozelle is open now until 27 February 2023, head to to find out more information.

Rozelle Study area

Marrickville Town Centre Master Plan

Community engagement for Marrickville will be launched in April seeking vision and ideas to inform the draft master plan.

The master plan for Marrickville will focus on streetscape and plaza improvements to Marrickville and Illawarra Roads, as well as some surrounding streets. The public domain master plan will enhance the rich cultural heritage, vibrancy and walkability of the local area, in line with community feedback.

Marrickville Study area

Dulwich Hill Village Master Plan

Community engagement for Dulwich Hill Village will be launched in April seeking vision and ideas to inform the draft master plan.

The focus of the master plan will be about improving the amenity on New Canterbury Road, Marrickville Road, Hercules and Seaview Streets, as well some surrounding streets, laneways, plazas and car parks.

Dulwich hill Village Study area

King Street and Enmore Road Master Plan

Community engagement for King Street and Enmore Road will be launched in April seeking vision and ideas to inform the draft master plan.

As well as delivering on the aspirations of the community, the master plan will promote the widely supported Enmore Special Entertainment Precinct and continue enhancing the vibrancy of the local area.

Newtown Study area

Norton and Marion Street Master Plan

A public domain master plan is planned for 2023. The scope of the study will include Norton Street, from Parramatta Road to City West Link, and Marion Street between Balmain Road and the Greenway. Council has met with businesses and stakeholders to better understand what is needed in the local area.

The master plan will seek to revitalise the retail centres and strengthen the economic activity in the local area. More information including timing for community engagement will be provided soon.

Leichhardt Study area

Balmain Town Centre Master Plan

On 13 July 2022 a community meeting was held at Balmain Town Hall and a community visioning exercise for the Civic Precinct on Darling Street Balmain began.

Council resolved on 20 September 2022 to establish the Balmain Town Hall and Civic Precinct Community working group. The purpose of the Community working group is to progress the shared vision established through recent consultation, the Balmain Town Hall and Civic Precinct Community working group.

This working group are also looking at the scope of a public domain master plan for the local area and further consultation will take place when the project is underway.

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Page last updated: 02 Feb 2023