New and existing homes in Camden will be supported by accessible greenspace and active transport as part of the NSW Government’s Places to Roam program.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves MP said improving and increasing access to regionally significant open space is a priority for the NSW Government.

Total funding exceeding $565,000 has been granted to Camden Council and allocated across two programs for two projects.

For the Metropolitan Greenspace program, $200,000 is allocated for the Camden Nepean River Corridor Study project.

“These spaces will help improve physical and mental health, increase urban amenity, enhance local property values, and provide places for our unique plants and animals to live here in Camden,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

For the Places to Roam program, more than $365,000 is allocated for the John Oxley Reserve Trail in Kirkham.

“This funding will help provide better access to more appealing, safe and accessible parks, trails and outdoor spaces,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts MP said 34 projects improving green open space access to more than 49,000 homes would be funded through the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Greenspace and Places to Roam programs, and will support increased and better­connected outdoor spaces for communities across metropolitan NSW.

“These programs enable councils to move forward on projects that enhance and activate spaces close to where people live and want to spend time,” Mr Roberts said.

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program is the longest running NSW Government grants program, having started in 1983, with more than $56 million having been allocated to support 681 projects.