Inner West Council

Renew Ashfield Community Consultation

In 2014, Ashfield Council engaged with residents, businesses, government agencies and schools and other stakeholders to shape the priorities and vision a renewed Ashfield Town Centre.

Over 700 people participated in focus group discussions, open houses events and an online collaborative map from June to October 2014.

Community engagement identified opportunities that included:

  • Better lighting and street furniture
  • Repaving streets and widening footpaths
  • Providing more spaces to relax and outdoor dining in places like Hercules Street and The Esplanade
  • Greening the Town Centre – more street trees, water sensitive urban design and sustainable development
  • Activating unused spaces
  • Better facilities for cyclists
  • Improvements to shopfront and building presentation


Ashfield Boys High Laneways Project

During the consultation process, an opportunity between Council and Ashfield Boys High School emerged for a real life learning experience. Year 8 students were given the task of redesigning the laneways and streets in the Town Centre to be more inviting, safer, interesting and connected, as part of a practical geography project. Their work culminated with a students presenting their proposals to a panel of urban planning experts, Councillors and Council staff at Ashfield Town Hall.  Some of the ideas presented included:

  • Multiculturalism/harmony
  • Improved recreation spaces
    • Shade and water fountains
    • Improved street furniture
    • Free wi-fi
    • Pop-up food venues and vans
    • Sport theme – soccer and table tennis
    • Public Art – murals and sculptures
    • Entertainment
    • Better accessibility for prams and wheelchairs
    • Safety through better lighting and pedestrian-only zones
    • Sustainability – greening space and solar panels

Council’s partnership with Ashfield Boys High continued in 2015 with the Harmony Wall project.


Public Domain Strategy

Council’s contracted architects took on board all the feedback and ideas from community and incorporated them into the final designs for the Public Domain Strategy. The strategy was adopted by Council in December 2014.

The aim of this bold and innovative Project is to renew and revitalise Ashfield Town Centre by implementing an exciting Public Domain Strategy and Masterplan. The Strategy includes innovative design solutions for key places in the Town Centre, proposed locations for new public open space, new street tree planting and paving initiatives, locations for community art and proposals for water sensitive urban design stormwater treatments. Council will now determine which works should be prioritised, and the timing and next steps for implementing proposals. It can be viewed below:

Ashfield Town Centre Renewal — Part 1 (Plans)

Ashfield Town Centre Renewal — Part 2 (Appendices) 


Excellence in Community Engagement

In 2015, Ashfield Council was highly commended by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW Chapter) for Excellence in Community Engagement for Renew Ashfield’s community consultation process.

Ashfield Council would like to thank all residents, businesses, Ashfield Boys High School and other stakeholders who participated in Renew Ashfield and provided their input for a revitalised Ashfield Town Centre.