Penrith mayor, Ross Fowler is thrilled his Council has received a $400,000 grant to develop a Green Grid Strategy for Penrith.

“We are delighted to have secured this funding which will enable Council to develop a strategic plan for Penrith that details a proposed network of high-quality green spaces across our City,” says Fowler.

“The Green Grid strategy will develop a framework to support active transport opportunities and connect vibrant community open spaces, water ways, bushland, schools, public transport and town centres - to help make these more accessible for everyone,” he added.

Speaking at Penrith City Council’s Cooling the City Masterclass event yesterday, Fowler says that Council had received the grant under the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Greenspace Program, which is administered by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

As the sometimes ‘hottest place on the planet’ during summer, Penrith knows first-hand the complexity of challenges when it comes to urban heat.

“It’s exactly why Council decided to run this Masterclass event, to bring key stakeholders and leading professionals together, to explore solutions to Sydney’s urban heat dilemma,” says Fowler.

The Penrith Green Grid Strategy is anticipated to be complete by June 2021 and will build on existing strategic work already undertaken by Council.  This includes strategies for cooling the City, sport and recreation, accessible trails and street and park tree management.

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