Inner West Council to inject $7.5 million to revitalise main streets
The Inner West Council (IWC) has voted to invest $7.5 million into a main street revitalisation fund. The fund will be used to boost five of the Inner West’s main streets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.
As part of this funding, IWC will provide up to $1.5 million in capital investment for street furniture, artworks, decorations and infrastructure.
Mayor Darcy Byrne explained just how vital this funding was to help entice people back to the area’s main streets.
“Our whole community did it tough during lockdowns. Our businesses took a hit and at times the streets were almost deserted,” Mr Byrne said. “Now is the time for a reawakening. We want people back in the shops. We want restaurants and pubs to be full. We want the colour and movement that the Inner West is famous for.”
To access funding, the local chambers of commerce, businesses, landlords, artists and community organisations will have to work together to put forward a plan to revitalise their main street. These proposals will need to address how they will improve occupancy rates, organise regular activations and events, and involve residents in increased activity.
According to Byrne, consultation will take place with local businesses, main street property owners, chambers of commerce, and community arts organisations about the criteria for the expression of interest process and the nature of the proposed works.
Deputy Mayor Philippa Scott said: “I am very excited to see what we can do when we work together to beautify, enliven and activate our spaces.”