Monday, June 17, 2024

Riverwood reconnection plan to begin


Georges River Council has commenced planning for the revitalisation of Riverwood Town Centre after securing funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said, “Riverwood was in desperate need of a restoration and this important investment from the NSW Government will go a long way to revitalising the Riverwood town centre.”

He said the $500,000 grant funding will support Council’s Riverwood Reconnected project to provide a built environment designed for the community and with focus on strengthening the amenity, accessibility and economic vitality.

Riverwood Reconnected plans will include:

  • Additional public furniture and shade to provide places for rest and respite;
  • Increased street trees and increase greenery to provide shade;
  • Smart social spaces equipped with smart furniture and WiFi to allow the community to plug and play;
  • Connecting the two sides of the Riverwood station through a consistent look and feel;
  • Public art to activate and enliven the town centre.

“Our exciting Riverwood Reconnected project will contribute to revitalise and connect the two sides of Belmore Road, currently separated by the railway station,” said George River Council Mayor, Nick Katris.

Sydney-based artist Steven Nuttal, also known as Ox King, was recently awarded a contract for a public art mural installation in the town centre.

The mural project will feature floral designs based on plants native to the Riverwood area and focus on rare plants that are listed as endangered in NSW.

A number of flowers including the Gosford Wattle (Acacia prominens), Magenta Lilly Pilly (Syzygium paniculatum) and the common Sydney golden wattle (Acacia longifolia) will be represented in the central cluster of the art mural, the Mayor said.

The Riverwood Reconnected project is expected to commence installation this month and be completed by the end of September.

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