Camden’s Larkin Place is up to be transformed again.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves said that Camden Council has been provided $500,000 to brighten the community and bring residents together under the $20 million statewide Streets as Shared Spaces program.

“This exciting project will see a trial activation of Larkin Place, near the centre of Camden’s CBD, creating informal and formal public space for the whole community to enjoy and enabling walkability and amenity,” Mr Sidgreaves said.

“If the pilot projects gain widespread community support, we’ll look to make them permanent so more people can enjoy the outdoors and connect with those around them.”

Mayor of Camden, Cr Therese Fedeli said that the funds would go a long way to assist Council in delivering for the community.

“Larkin Place was already used as an event space for our first Winterfest in 2019, and this funding will help Council further establish the site for multi-use,” she said.

Streets as Shared Spaces 2 capitalises on opportunities created by the pandemic with 70 per cent of people in a recent poll saying they were connecting with people in public spaces instead of at home.

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said communities were also demanding better walking and cycling infrastructure. 

“We’re reimaging our streets as better places for people, which will drive an increase in foot traffic, support businesses and bring the community together to enjoy the vibrancy our state has to offer,” Mr Stokes said.