Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sydney takes pride in street painting

Sydney’s George Street north is currently being transformed into a giant LGBTIQA+ Pride flag as part of the next stage of City of Sydney Council plans to pedestrianise the northern end of the city.

Council says high-quality road marking paint will transform the grey road surface into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, black, brown, white and pink stripes.

Colour-coordinated seating will also be put in place as part of the works.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore said the rainbow artwork was part of preparations ahead of Sydney WorldPride, which begins in February.

“We are bringing a kaleidoscope of colour to the heart of the city as we celebrate diversity, inclusion and tolerance,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our ongoing transformation of George Street north not only brings to life our vision of a reimagined city centre but also reflects the values of the City of Sydney.”

The Lord Mayor said the George Street works were the next stage in the City of Sydney’s long-held plan for a fully pedestrianised George Street, linking three future town squares: Central, Town Hall and Circular Quay.

It follows the 2020 transformation of George Street south, which is now a pedestrian boulevard.

“George Street’s transformation from a traffic-clogged arterial route to a destination in its own right is nothing short of remarkable,” she said.

The works will extend the boulevard along George Street north from Wynyard to Essex Street, creating an extra 5,900 sqm of new space for pedestrian activity.

“We know our communities want public spaces that projects like this achieve and I am incredibly proud to be overseeing this transformation, which, once finished, will have reclaimed more than 20,000 sqm of former roadway between Central and Circular Quay,” the Lord Mayor said.

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