Inner West Council

Key Projects

Commuter Car + Park

In March 2015, the then Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian, announced the State Government’s commitment to build a multi-story car park at Ashfield Station. It will provide 120 new commuter parking spaces, replacing the current ‘at-grade’ car park in Brown Street.

Ashfield Council is working with Transport for NSW to maximise the community benefit from this important piece of infrastructure.

Council is exploring a number of opportunities:

  • A dedicated rooftop garden and ‘sky-high park’
  • Use of car park levels, outside of commuter hours, for temporary, pop-up events
  • Public art
  • Environmentally sustainable design
  • Crime prevention through environmental design to ensure public safety and security
  • Provision of bicycle facilities
  • Landscaping and pedestrian access integrated into the streetscape

Hercules Street

Detailed design is nearing completion for Hercules Street, based on the Public Domain Strategy and community consultation in 2014.

The upgrade aims to:

  • Improve pedestrian safety and access
  • Widen footpaths, improve ramps and uneven levels
  • Create space for outdoor dining on the footpath
  • Provide additional seating
  • Ensure street trees are fit for purpose and remain healthy in the long-term

Detailed concept designs are available to view here.

Public Art

Ashfield Town Centre is a canvas for the arts. This renewal project will add to the existing collection of murals across the Town Centre. Redevelopment of our laneways will create a surprising network of open-air galleries and The Esplanade transformation will include opportunities for both temporary and permanent art. Ashfield Council is excited to partner with artists, local businesses and private developers to create attractive and delightful spaces.

Current projects include:

Retail Reno – Shopfront Makeovers

Ashfield Council is encouraging local businesses to update their window displays to attract new customers, under the Retail Reno Initiative.

Businesses are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for a FREE window makeover. The program is open to all street level retail business in the Ashfield local government area who have not updated their shopfront display in the past three years.

For more information, contact Council’s Business Relations Coordinator on 9716 1871.

Living, cool, clean and smart: Greening the neighbourhood

A key part of revitalising the Town Centre is increasing our urban forest. Street trees play an important role in cooling micro-climates, providing shade and as habitat for urban wildlife. Leafy streets have also been linked to improved mental health and physical activity.

It’s important to get the size and type of tree right. Council’s Street Tree Strategy will guide our selection throughout the Town Centre. While some trees may be removed during upgrades in the Town Centre, there will be a net increase of trees overall, many on the tributory streets around the centre. Consulation with residents will begin soon.


Footpath Improvements

In 2015/16, $100,000 worth of new footpath, kerb and gutters has been laid in the Town Centre and surrounding streets. This program will continue to renew or upgrade the footpaths and paving in the Town Centre in 2016/17, with a further $200,000 in works planned.