Friday, July 26, 2024

$81k to bring Leeton streets to life

Leeton Shire Council has secured $81,900 in funding through the NSW Government’s Open Streets Program for its ‘Leeton Alive’ street activation project.

Project locations in Leeton will include Church Street, Jarrah Street, and Chelmsford Place,
with a variety of activities and events scheduled to take place between 19 October and 30 November 2024.

Council says the ‘Leeton Alive’ project aims to boost vibrancy, support local businesses, and help create safer community gathering spaces. Supported through temporary street closures, the project will facilitate community events, outdoor dining, markets and creative activations, said Mayor, Tony Reneker.

“We are grateful to the NSW Government for its support in activating Leeton’s public spaces. The ‘Leeton Alive’ project will bring a new level of vibrancy to our town centre, supporting local businesses and providing safer, enjoyable spaces for our community to gather and celebrate in,” he said.

“We look forward to working closely with local businesses and community groups to bring
this vision to life.”

Councillor Krystal Maytom, Portfolio Lead for Tourism, added, “The ‘Leeton Alive’ project
is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the unique charm and community spirit of Leeton. These events and activities will not only draw residents together but also attract visitors, enhancing our town’s appeal as a vibrant and welcoming destination.”

Marketing & Promotions Coordinator, Toneale O’Connell highlighted the community engagement aspect of the project, stating, “Residents can look forward to exciting new ways to experience Leeton’s streets and town centre in 2024.

“The ‘Leeton Alive’ project is all about creating lively, interactive spaces where people can connect, enjoy outdoor dining, participate in markets, and engage in various creative activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to transform our streets into vibrant public spaces for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

NSW Minister for Roads, Arts, Music and the Night-Time Economy, Jobs and Tourism, John Graham said the Government was excited to support the Leeton event.

“Too often our main streets are something we drive through, rather than drive to. Our streets are a critical part of our public and social infrastructure. Great streets make great towns and centres and reflect the local community and culture.

“The Open Streets program is about temporarily transforming our main streets into vibrant and welcoming public event spaces.

“The colour and diversity of these 130 events celebrates the unique personality of each town or suburb. This is what our vibrancy agenda is all about, backing locals to create events and entertainment that works for their local community.”

The Open Streets Program is part of the NSW Government’s Vibrant Streets Package. The program aims to inject vibrancy into streets across NSW and help create thriving local places that support businesses, creative sectors, and the community through events and activations. For more information on the program please visit www.transport.nsw.gov.au/openstreets.

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