Opinion: Projects make city attractive

THE council's efforts to improve public spaces across Newcastle through place making grants, lighting dark spaces, public art, and greening projects have resulted in safer, more vibrant spaces for the community to enjoy.

The way Newcastle looks has a direct link to how people feel about living in and visiting our city.

Individuals and teams have played a large role in creating attractive, usable spaces.

Now, the council is offering another opportunity for Novocastrians to get involved and help spruce up our city.

Applications are now open for a new round of Make your Place grants to improve the spaces in which you live, work or own a business. Grants of up to $2000 are available to benefit existing users of a place with potential to increase community use in a positive way.

The grants help fund physical improvements through adding new activities, improving the comfort or appearance of the space, or encouraging use by planning a community gathering.

Projects must show evidence of partnerships and/or collaboration and must involve community members in planning and doing the project.

Successful projects have included events such as the Newcastle Vintage Tweed Ride, creative projects such as murals in Hamilton and Beresfield, and greening projects such as dunes revegetation in Merewether.

Applications close on August 18, at 5pm. Visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au and search for place making.

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