Anthony Luu
Senior Policy Officer
Finance and Infrastructure
[email protected]
T: 02 9242 4073

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Transport for NSW reforms to support vibrant community life on local streets

Recent changes by Transport for NSW have been announced to make it easier for councils and communities to improve their local street environments and host neighbourhood events.

  • An updated Temporary Delegation to councils has been issued that gives councils an alternative, streamlined approval pathway for works supportive of walking, cycling, and improvements to place amenity and road safety. Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, tree planting, placemaking improvements, and regulation of parking – among other things – can be implemented by councils without engaging a Local Traffic Committee or requiring referral to Transport (subject to some conditions).
  • The Roads Regulation 2018 has been amended to simplify the process by which councils can grant road event permits for neighbourhood activities. This means local streets can be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic more easily to enable events such as community barbecues, holiday gatherings, and children's play days.

Transport for NSW has written to all councils across NSW to advise them of these changes and the opportunity it presents.

For more information, you can also visit Temporary delegation to councils | Transport for NSW and Permits for neighbourhood activities | Transport for NSW.