Specific details about the changes slated for western Sydney, as part of the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program, have been released.

The Greater Sydney Commission (which was appointed by the state government) has allocated the first $29 million of funding to local councils as part of the Parramatta Road improvement program. And work will start later this year.

The program is a $198 million project designed to revamp public spaces and support transport along the Parramatta Road corridor.

“These projects will increase the tree canopy, create new and improved parks and open spaces, enhance the streetscapes to encourage activity, improve walking and cycling links along the 22-kilometre Parramatta Road corridor and surrounds,” a spokesperson for Greater Sydney Commission told Broadsheet.

Parramatta Council will build a new urban plaza at Bridge Street for a cool $15.7 million. In Cumberland, $9.8 million has been set aside to upgrade the Melton Street M4 pedestrian and cycleway overpasses as well as an extension to Auburn Park and improvements to Parramatta Road between Braemar Avenue and Station Street.

Canada Bay Council will receive $1.7 million to develop new playing fields on Charles Heath Reserve, and $1.3 million will go to Inner West Council to fund new bicycle and pedestrian connections at Pyrmont Bridge Road and a “pocket park” at Petersham Street.

In Strathfield, bicycle and pedestrian connections along Powells Creek Reserve – including a bridge across Powells Creek – will come in at $740,000, and in Burwood there’s $24,000 allocated to build a formal cycle route from the Luke Avenue and Parramatta Road intersection to Burwood Park. It will incorporate Wangal Park into the regional bicycle network.

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