Mike Baird MP
Message from the Premier
It is with great pleasure that I welcome delegates, leading speakers and visitors to NSW for the 15th International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities.
From 21-23 October 2014, Sydney Harbour, one of the world’s most walkable harbours, will provide a stunning backdrop to this important global Conference.
The NSW Government acknowledges that walking is a fundamental part of an integrated commuter system. Through NSW 2021 – A Plan to Make NSW Number One and other key government strategies, we are addressing the need to prioritise and promote walking. The significant social, economic and environmental benefits associated with walking demands this level of attention.
Walk21 Sydney presents an exciting opportunity for international experts and visionaries to come together and share ideas aimed at creating more liveable cities, while promoting an active and enjoyable lifestyle.
While in Sydney, I encourage all participants to take the time to discover some of the tremendous and unique walking experiences we have on offer.
On behalf of the NSW Government, I wish everyone attending the Conference a wonderful stay in Sydney.
Welcome from Lord Mayor Clover Moore
I’m delighted to welcome Walk21 to Sydney, the perfect location for the world’s leading walking conference.
Sydney is a global city made for walking. In our city centre more than 90 per cent of trips are made on foot.
Our beautiful harbour, our famous bridge and Opera House and our great climate all encourage Sydneysiders and visitors to get out in the fresh air and walk, whether they're working, relaxing, shopping or exploring.
The City of Sydney is encouraging people to walk by improving safety and making our streets more appealing for pedestrians.
Each year the City invests millions of dollars to further develop our green network of streets and paths, connecting our villages and the city centre. This network makes it easier for people to walk to major transport and entertainment hubs, cultural precincts and our hundreds of parks and open spaces.
In recent months the City has:
- Completed a $10 million upgrade of inner-city walkways, improving access as part of a program to make inner Sydney more liveable and pedestrian-friendly;
- Installed new pram and wheelchair ramps in footpaths at intersections; and
- Planted thousands more trees and shrubs and built garden beds and rain gardens, all providing more attractive, shaded walking routes – our aim is to increase our tree canopy by 50 per cent over the next 16 years.
A new strategy will make it easier for pedestrians to get around by providing interactive street signs, maps, information boards and apps to encourage people to confidently explore everything Sydney has to offer.
We are upgrading 57 inner-city laneways with new paving and lighting, improved traffic management and more art installations to form a network of small plazas where shops, bars and other small businesses can thrive.
And we’re making walking routes more attractive and interesting with new public artwork.
Find more information on walk Sydney here.