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Sunday Streets in Sydney

The Greens support the community campaign to close some of our main streets to cars on Sundays, several times a year.

Sunday Streets in Sydney, which is also known as Summer Streets in the USA and Ciclovia is a free, fun and healthy event that reclaims the city’s largest public space – its streets – and effectively turns them into public parks for the day.

Sunday Streets in the USA

Sunday Streets in the USA

Sunday Streets helps build community by giving streets back to the people, so that they may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and having a chat. It brings significant economic benefits to local businesses on high streets as thousands of people come out to explore them.

On 18 March 2014, the Greens on Marrickville Council successfully moved a motion in support of Sunday Streets, with a likely trail before the end of 2014 including streets in Newtown and Enmore. A copy of the Notice of Motion is below.

Sign up to the Sunday Streets in Sydney FaceBook page for more information. You can also click here to sign the Sunday Streets Petition.

Sunday Streets is endorsed by BIKESydney, Bike Leichhardt, Go! Alliance, Cycle Sydney, Ecotransit Sydney, Bicycle NSW, Aboutlife Natural Marketplace, the Balmain/Rozelle Chamber of Commerce, The Global Map of Musicians, the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Cheeky Transport, La Latina Sydney and the Sydney Latin American Film Festival.

Mass free yoga event in Mexico 'Open Streets'

Mass free yoga event in Mexico ‘Open Streets’

Contact Marrickville Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore or Leichhardt Greens Councillor Daniel Kogoy

Notice of Motion March 2014

MOVED BY: Clr Sylvie Ellsmore


That Council:

  1. Supports in principle the establishment of Sunday Streets in the Marrickville Local Government Area, a program which temporarily closes down main streets to cars so that they can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and families others as meeting places, informal public squares, playgrounds, recreation areas and cultural activities;
  2. Engages in discussions with neighbouring Leichhardt Council, City of Sydney Council and the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils about their current work to explore or develop Sunday Streets;
  3. Organises a meeting and otherwise undertakes consultation with groups who have expressed public support for Sunday Streets, including the Ciclovia Working Group, the Bicycle Garden, Organic Food Markets, Cheeky Transport, Bike Marrickville & BikeSydney;
  4. Consults with local business associations including the Newtown Business Precinct Association about the project;
  5. Provides support for activities to implement a trial or pilot of Sunday Streets in the second half of 2014, in coordination with Leichhardt and City of Sydney Council, including supporting grant applications by local bike groups, and investigating potential local streets in the Marrickville Local Government Area which could be included in the event; and
  6. Considers a further report about possible options to implement a trial of a Sunday Streets program in the LGA in the second half of 2014, including budget implications for Marrickville Council.


Sunday Streets is a program that temporarily removes cars from some main streets, and opens them up to everything else, typically for about six hours on a Sunday. It goes by various names including Ciclovia, Open Streets, Streets Alive, and Summer Streets.

Part festival, part fun ride, part playground – people walk, run, cycle, skate, rollerblade and play in the streets. There can be a variety of street stalls, live music, arts and culture, and other recreational activities – such as climbing walls, dance, yoga and aerobics classes – staged at various parts of the route.

The aim of the program is to encourage the community come together and undertake healthy activities. Research published in the Journal of Urban Health found a cost benefit ratio of $2.32 in health benefits from San Francisco’s Sunday Streets.

The event is not commercially focused – it does not generally involve commercial street stalls – but can provide economic benefits to the businesses who are based along the Sunday Streets by increasing pedestrian traffic.

In 2013 SSROC, of which Marrickville Council is a member, unanimously endorsed Sunday Streets, and committed to investigate it across inner west Councils.

For more details refer to the SSROC’s 20 June 2013 meeting, and the proposed joint Leichhardt and Marrickville pilot Sunday streets/Ciclovia event http://www.ssroc.nsw.gov.au/PDF/20130620%20FINAL%20SPC%20Business%20Paper%20(website).pdf

A large number of local Councils members have joined Leichhardt Council, which is taking the lead on the project in partnership with local cycling groups, in committing to a trial of Sunday Streets, including City of Sydney, Woollahra Council and Randwick Council.

Leichhardt Council passed a motion in support of establishing Sunday Streets (also known as “Ciclovia” in reference to the successful international movement or “Open Streets”), as a regular program to close off some streets to car traffic each Sunday in order for community recreation activities to be held, in February 2013. Leichhardt has incorporated ‘Ciclovia’ in its Employment and Economic Development Plan.

In late 2013 the City of Sydney agreed to investigate closing some of its main streets for a trial in 2014, including the potential to close major roads such as George St.

Sunday Streets in the USA

Mass free yoga event at Mexico ‘Open Streets’

In a related event in September 2013 Leichhardt and City of Sydney Councils supported closing some local streets for International [Park]ing Day on 20 September 2013. In the Marrickville LGA small [Park]ing Day events were organised by resident to show their support.

Park[ing] Day King Street Newtown

With the Marrickville LGA having one of the smallest ratios of public space to residents of any Local Council, innovative ways to encourage the community to come together are important to ensuring we maintain our health, vibrant communities.

For more information see:

Free wifi trial goes live

Media Release 23 October 2013

Council’s free wifi trial has gone live this week, with the last trial site in Enmore Park to be launched on Monday. The free wifi trial was implemented following a sustained campaign by the Greens through Marrickville Council, over a period of more than two years.

Greens Councillors Sylvie Ellsmore said, “I am absolutely thrilled that Marrickville Council’s free wifi plan is finally online.

“The Greens have been championing free or low cost wireless internet to be rolled out across the Local Government Area. We were successful in implementing the trial as a first step through a resolution of Marrickville Council in July.

“The wifi will be available in six trial sites at our most popular parks and public places. In Camperdown Memorial Park we are also trialling a solar powered hub.

“Free wifi encourages our residents to work and play outdoors, and importantly supports people with low incomes, including students, to enjoy our public parks and spaces.

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

“As a member of the Newtown Art Seat Curatorial Committee I am also interested in how the free wifi hub at Newtown Square might allow us to support digital artists to display their works,” she said.

The trial is being implemented at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, the Newtown Art Seat and Newtown Square, Alex Trevallion Plaza off Marrickville Rd, the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Community Recreation Centre and Steele Park, on the Cooks River, and the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre at Enmore Park.

Hubs have been installed by company Star-Tech, which has successfully supplied community wifi to other local Councils. The hubs have an average 50 metre range.

Free Wifi Smart Phone Image

Free Wifi Smart Phone Image

Clr Ellsmore said, “Members of the public can login in to “Marrickville Council Free Wifi” without a password and enjoy up to 1 hour or 200 MG of download.

“I encourage residents to log-on and check it out. As the trial proceeds we want people to let us know what they think – by registering a comment through the free Snap and Solve App or emailing the Councillors direct,” Clr Ellsmore said.

For more background about previous Greens Notice of Motions and Council Reports leading to the wifi trial see: https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/freewifi/

To download the Snap and Solve App visit http://www.snapsendsolve.com/

Media contact: Greens Councillor for North Ward, Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213, sellsmore@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Free park wifi on track

***15 Oct 2013 UPDATE***

The Greens program for free wifi in local parks is set to start soon, with the 6 trial sites due to become live on 26 October 2013. The Camperdown trial will include solar power. Following the trial the Greens hope to see expanded free wifi across all public spaces and parks in the LGA.

Click to download a copy of recent Wifi Questions on Notice by the Greens about the implementation of the trial.

For more background about the Greens ongoing campaign for free wifi see previous post below

16 August 2013

Marrickville Council has voted to install free wireless internet in six trial ‘hotspots’, including several of Council’s most popular parks: Camperdown Memorial Park, the Newtown Art Seat, the WaterPlay Park at Steele Park, the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre at Enmore Park and Marrickville Road.

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore, who moved the motion at the July Council meeting, said “The Greens have been working towards free wifi in our main pedestrian strips and parks for several years.”

Greens Councillor Max Phillips said, “Staying connected is increasingly important in today’s world, so providing free wifi in our parks gives residents options to enjoy the outdoors while staying connected.

“Free wifi in our parks gives those without much means to have their own connection will be able to connect to the internet, which is increasingly important in today’s society,” Clr Phillips said.

Clr Ellsmore said, “The Greens had identified several models for solar powered internet hubs which would work in our local area, and went to the Local Council election promising to implement a trial.

“We knew that the technology was available, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable,” she said.

After earlier reports examined models that were too costly for Council, the Greens pushed for further work to identify more cost effective options. The report received by Council at its July meeting identified several companies which could deliver hotspots with an initial 30-50 metre range at only $3,500 per site, and an option to become solar powered.

Council voted to implement the trial for 3 years, with a review in 12 months. Council also moved to explore options to promote public notifications and create revenue through the trial. A copy of the full recommendation passed by Council is below.

“Free wifi is a simple, local action that Councils can take which is good for business, and good for our communities. It’s just another small way we can encourage people to use and enjoy our public spaces and parks,” Clr Ellsmore said.

Media contact:             Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

16 July 2013 Council meeting (Clr Ellsmore)

Item 23 – Deployment of Public Wi-fi HotSpots at some of Marrickville’s main public places 


  1. Proceed immediately with the implementation of a trial of public internet Wi-Fi Hot-Spots across the Marrickville LGA;
  1. Implement the trial at six sites:
  • Newtown Square and Newtown Art Seat;
  • Camperdown Memorial Rest Park;
  • Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre and surrounding Enmore Park;
  • Alex Travillion Plaza, Marrickville Road;
  • Debbie Abbey Borgia Sports Centre; andThe Waterplay Park/ Steele Park adjoining the Cooks River.

3. Funding for the project to be considered in the next Budget Review of $65,000 over three years, or the equivalent of $3,500 per site per year, to fund the trial

4. Undertake further investigations to identify whether the Hot-Spots can be solar powered and, if this is an economically viable option, proceed with implementing solar powered Hot-Spots;

5. Noting the 30-50 metre likely range of the Wi-fi Hot Spots, where possible within the budget implement a second Wi-fi mode at one of the parks listed above to increase the reach across the whole area;

6. Delegate the General Manager to engage the company to install the HotSpots which is identified as the best value for money, under one of the options in the Confidential Meeting Papers, following further investigations to secure large or unlimited downloads where possible, within the confines of the approved budget;

7. Provide a further report to Council on options for Council to use the Hot Spots to:

a. Promote the work of Council and make community announcements; and/ or

b. Create revenue for Council through advertising; and

c. Provide a report on the implementation of the HotSpots to Council after 12 months.

See also 19 February 2013 Council meeting: Item 8 Deployment of Wi-fi Internet at Council’s Main Parks Feasibility Report, available from www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

For more information about the Greens campaign for free wifi check out some of our older posts including this post from February 2013 at https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/free-wifi-in-parks-a-step-closer/


Off-leash dog hours are set to be extended in several parks this week, with Marrickville Council voting on three Notices of Motion on Tuesday which would change official “off-leash” hours.

A Green’s Notice of Motion would see Camperdown Memorial Park – the most used park in the Local Government area – become off leash 24 hours a day during weekdays, with extended hours on the weekend during daylight savings.

Greens Councillor for North Ward, Sylvie Ellsmore, said “Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. It’s even higher in the inner west.

“Camperdown Memorial Park is well known as the most successful off-leash dog park in the Marrickville area.

“It is a testament to the active social dog-walking community that uses the park how well loved and cared for Camperdown Memorial Park is, with dog owners working cooperatively to ensure that new dogs to the park are socialised and well behaved,” said Clr Ellsmore.

The Greens Notice of Motion also asks for better signage to ensure that those parts of the park near the children’s play area, which are on-leash, are more clearly identified.

Clr Ellsmore said, “Council has received petitions from dozens of residents who want their dogs to be able to play off-leash in the park for longer hours without the risk of a fine. In the lead-up to our Council meetings emails are coming in faster than we can respond to them.

“We love our dogs and our parks, and I am extremely happy to be supporting residents by putting forward this Notice of Motion,” she said

Later this year Council will also consider changes extending or changing dog off leash areas in other parks in the Local Government Area. Council has recently completed a public consultation on a draft ‘Recreation Policy and Strategy’ which includes recommendations to establish new or upgraded Dog Off Leash Areas at Henson, Enmore and McNeilly Parks, and potentially at Johnson, Mahoney, Marrickville, Petersham and Simpson Park. The results of this consultation will come in a report to Council at a future meeting for consideration and decision.

Media contact:            Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213, sellsmore@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Free wifi in parks a step closer

In 2011 the Greens on Council moved for an investigation into free wi-fi internet services in major recreational parks. This week a report was finally brought back by Council, which identified one high cost option  for a trial in parks.

The Greens are committed to a low cost, environmentally friendly trial, and successfully moved the following alternative motion:

19 February 2013 Council meeting – Item 8 Deployment of Wi-fi Internet at Council’s Main Parks Feasibility Report

1. That the report be received and noted.

2. That a further report be urgently provided to Council with options for a low-cost trial of 5-8 wireless internet ‘hot spots’, similar to the trial currently being implemented in an adjoining Council, for Council’s consideration and funding in the coming financial year.

3. That the trial sites investigated include one or more of each of the following:

  • parks in an around major Council infrastructure – for example in and around pools located in public parks;
  • sections of parks which are known to have the highest density of visitors, for example Camperdown Memorial Rest Park;
  • squares or public spaces around Council buildings where Council is seeking to encourage greater resident use, including places identified by the Marrickville Council Public Domain Study;
  • one main street (following consultation and support from relevant local businesses which may be effected); and
  • Newtown Square and the Newtown Art Seat, or another suitable Council supported public art project;

4. That the report investigate, in relation to the trial sites:

  • cost savings from appropriately capped download speeds;
  • very low or no cost options with private providers; and
  • low cost, environmental friendly technology options including solar powered equipment.

5.  That consultation be undertaken with other local Councils as appropriate to share lessons learnt from similar trials, and to discuss potential cooperative approaches to providing free wifi in overlapping areas.

For more information contact Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore on 040 977 213 or email sellsmore@marrickville.nsw.gov.au