Open green space will be created in the heart of St Leonards CBD by building over the rail line thanks to $4.75 million of NSW Government funding.

Member for North Shore Felicity Wilson MP announced the funding for the new St Leonards Plaza in partnership with Lane Cove Council, to provide the open public space the community needs.

“Great global cities have great public spaces and the Plaza will bring a little bit of New York to St Leonards by creating an innovative over-rail plaza for apartment residents,” Ms Wilson said.

“I am committed to delivering a greener, better connected, and vibrant St Leonards and this project will transform over-rail airspace to make apartment living the best it can be.”

The Plaza includes 4,750sqm of open green space with a central lawn and play areas, connections with St Leonards train station, and a series of interconnected pedestrian links to the new Crows Nest metro station.

Felicity Wilson was joined by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to make the announcement of the Plaza as part of the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.

“This program is the first of its kind in NSW and demonstrates state and local government working together to create a legacy of beautiful public spaces that communities, for decades, can be proud of,” Mr Stokes said.

“In exchange for legacy funding, councils participating in the program need to speed up their assessment times. They have until June 30 to keep hitting their targets but, so far, the program has seen a 20 per cent improvement.”

Lane Cove Mayor Pam Palmer said that Lane Cove Council is thrilled to be creating brand new open space for current and future residents calling St Leonards home.

“As part of our commitment to liveability we’ve been thinking outside the box and have worked hard to bring this over-rail Plaza vision to life,” Mayor Palmer said.

“It’s now picking up steam and we’re really excited that the community can start to visualise how this concept will provide them with passive open space in the heart of St Leonards CBD.”

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