Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program


Inner West Council has an exciting opportunity to invest in community infrastructure with a $15 million grant from the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund.

With $1 million set aside for the Inner West Stronger Communities Grants Program, $14 million is earmarked for major projects such as parks, footpaths, stormwater and community facilities. The community’s choice will determine the priority focus area on which the funds are invested. The projects that are funded will be delivered over the next three years.

Find out more

  • See an example of each project option here
  • Read the FAQs to learn about Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program and the process for allocating funds

Tell us which funding option you support

Complete the feedback form below to tell us if you want the funding focused on Transport, Recreation and Sustainability or Community Facilities.

Feedback closes on Sunday 30 October 2016.

What happens next?

Council has undertaken that the option with the highest community support will be endorsed and that the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel is to allocate projects and funds accordingly.

Individual appropriate projects will be scoped and costed and then a list will be provided to the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel.

The Panel will assess the projects and its recommendations will go to Council in December for a final decision.

We will report back on the option chosen by the community and post a copy of the report to Council on this project page prior to the meeting in December.


All projects must by delivered by June 2019.

Inner West Council has an exciting opportunity to invest in community infrastructure with a $15 million grant from the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund.

With $1 million set aside for the Inner West Stronger Communities Grants Program, $14 million is earmarked for major projects such as parks, footpaths, stormwater and community facilities. The community’s choice will determine the priority focus area on which the funds are invested. The projects that are funded will be delivered over the next three years.

Find out more

  • See an example of each project option here
  • Read the FAQs to learn about Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program and the process for allocating funds

Tell us which funding option you support

Complete the feedback form below to tell us if you want the funding focused on Transport, Recreation and Sustainability or Community Facilities.

Feedback closes on Sunday 30 October 2016.

What happens next?

Council has undertaken that the option with the highest community support will be endorsed and that the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel is to allocate projects and funds accordingly.

Individual appropriate projects will be scoped and costed and then a list will be provided to the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel.

The Panel will assess the projects and its recommendations will go to Council in December for a final decision.

We will report back on the option chosen by the community and post a copy of the report to Council on this project page prior to the meeting in December.


All projects must by delivered by June 2019.


  • Council adopts Stronger Communities Fund projects

    7 months ago

    At Council's meeting on Tue 6 December 2016, the Administrator

    "determined that Council adopt the schedule of projects as assessed by the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel, in accordance with the preferred option with the highest community support with a focus on recreation and sustainability and submit this to the Office of Local Government as Inner West Councils’ three year plan for allocating the $14m Stronger Communities Fund."

    At Council's meeting on Tue 6 December 2016, the Administrator

    "determined that Council adopt the schedule of projects as assessed by the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel, in accordance with the preferred option with the highest community support with a focus on recreation and sustainability and submit this to the Office of Local Government as Inner West Councils’ three year plan for allocating the $14m Stronger Communities Fund."

  • You chose .... Recreation and Sustainability

    7 months ago

    You chose ... Recreation and Sustainability ... as your highest priority for funding.

    At its meeting on Tuesday 6 December 2016, Council will consider a report into the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects that recommends projects for construction over the next three years. The option with the highest support was ‘Recreation and Sustainability’ which was chosen by more than half of the 650+ people who participated at a forum, festivals and online. The assessment panel allocated projects for funding in accordance with this community priority.

    Download the Council report.

    Read the community engagement summary.

    You chose ... Recreation and Sustainability ... as your highest priority for funding.

    At its meeting on Tuesday 6 December 2016, Council will consider a report into the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects that recommends projects for construction over the next three years. The option with the highest support was ‘Recreation and Sustainability’ which was chosen by more than half of the 650+ people who participated at a forum, festivals and online. The assessment panel allocated projects for funding in accordance with this community priority.

    Download the Council report.

    Read the community engagement summary.

  • Feedback from the Stronger Communities Fund Major Projects Program forum

    8 months ago

    On Wednesday 12 October 2016, Council held a forum with community members on how the funding should be spent.

    Community members were asked: Which option should Council focus its spending on?

    • Transport Infrastructure – including roads, laneway and footpath renewal, flood mitigation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, and bridge replacement.
    • Community Facilities – community halls and meeting facilities, libraries and childcare centres.
    • Recreation and Sustainability – such as parks, reserves and the GreenWay.

    The forum was well attended with a diverse range of people from across the local government area, who heard Council experts present information on the three options.

    Feedback from the attendees included questions around cycling priority and planning, climate change actions such as flood mitigation and solar projects, any opportunities to enhance Aboriginal heritage in the inner west, and accessible parking, kerbs, footpaths and public toilets for people with a disability.

    "The Forum was a valuable opportunity to work with residents and community groups to prioritise infrastructure projects that will make a real and lasting difference to the life of our local communities," Mr Pearson said.

    Community members filled in submission forms on the night, choosing a spending option. This data has been added to that gathered online on this project page and at community festivals.

    View slides from the forum presentation here.

    On Wednesday 12 October 2016, Council held a forum with community members on how the funding should be spent.

    Community members were asked: Which option should Council focus its spending on?

    • Transport Infrastructure – including roads, laneway and footpath renewal, flood mitigation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, and bridge replacement.
    • Community Facilities – community halls and meeting facilities, libraries and childcare centres.
    • Recreation and Sustainability – such as parks, reserves and the GreenWay.

    The forum was well attended with a diverse range of people from across the local government area, who heard Council experts present information on the three options.

    Feedback from the attendees included questions around cycling priority and planning, climate change actions such as flood mitigation and solar projects, any opportunities to enhance Aboriginal heritage in the inner west, and accessible parking, kerbs, footpaths and public toilets for people with a disability.

    "The Forum was a valuable opportunity to work with residents and community groups to prioritise infrastructure projects that will make a real and lasting difference to the life of our local communities," Mr Pearson said.

    Community members filled in submission forms on the night, choosing a spending option. This data has been added to that gathered online on this project page and at community festivals.

    View slides from the forum presentation here.