Western Australia | Urban
The award-winning GreenWay was originally conceived by the Inner West community in the late 1990’s and has been driven by the community in collaboration with four (now two) Inner West councils over the past 15 years.
The community developed the vision for a multi-purpose GreenWay corridor and wrote the GreenWay Masterplan and Coordination Strategy which was exhibited and adopted by the GreenWay councils in 2009. The Masterplan continues to influence how the program is managed at a strategic and operational level.
The GreenWay runs through a densely populated inner city area and is a valuable resource for maintaining an active and healthy urban lifestyle. Currently, more than 48,000 people live within the GreenWay corridor catchment. This population is expected to increase significantly, as an additional 14,000 to 18,000 dwellings are to be built along the corridor in the next 25 years.
A key focus is the provision of a safe, attractive, vibrant inner-city environment for existing and new residents in a rapidly growing inner-city region. The GreenWay Program continues to develop in response to evolving community aspirations, and comprises five main elements outlined in a GreenWay Memorandum of Understanding 2014 – 2019 signed by the four councils.
The NSW State Government has periodically provided some funding for GreenWay projects in recognition of its strategic significance as a major sustainable transport and urban environmental corridor in a rapidly growing part of Sydney. The program has been strongly supported by the councils and community in times of political and funding uncertainty. Changes in government and the instability in funding commitments which accompany these politics upheavals have been a major obstacle for the project. The community overcame this instability through grass roots campaigns and petition, and in 2016 the NSW state government and Inner West Council jointly funded the cost of completing the GreenWay.