Neighbourhood improvement projects

Do you have an idea on how your neighbourhood or local village could be improved?

Neighbourhood and Village Improvement Projects build a sense of pride in, and ownership of, public spaces. Council encourages groups of residents and businesses to be actively involved in shaping what their area looks and feels like.

Working together

You can make a make a positive change in your community by sharing your ideas and working with others to turn unloved public spaces into treasured community places.

Our neighbourhoods and local villages are where we live, work and raise our families.

Community-led placemaking or Neighbourhood Improvement Projects harness the creativity and energy of residents to transform neglected areas through quick, short-term, and low-cost initiatives.

Solving neighbourhood problems

Collaboration, community engagement and participation help to address recurrent neighbourhood problems such as graffiti tagging or illegal dumping, or beautifying an unused space.

These initiatives have already shown great success. Some of our neighbourhood case studies include projects in Palmertson Avenue, Bronte; Cox Avenue Bondi Beach; Anglesea Street Communal Garden, Bondi; and the Village Verge Project in Dover Heights.

There are many ways you can shape your local area and solutions include:

  • shared gardens
  • murals and community art projects
  • street libraries
  • urban games and craft projects
  • community celebrations, and
  • village projects

Garden trial aims to reduce illegal dumping

Council, in partnership with Wayside Chapel, recently trialled a project to see whether a street garden can reduce illegal dumping on Niblick Street and Warners Avenue. The garden beds and planters were placed for the duration of the trial (approximately eight weeks) from March to May 2019.

Council has been seeking resident feedback on whether the garden should stay beyond the trial period. To provide feedback on the trial and whether you think it should continue, please contact the Local Connections Coordinator at or by phone 9083 8916.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.