Ferris Lane: Supporting community activity

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For the past six years, local volunteers have transformed Ferris Lane into a neighbourhood garden with furniture, potted plants and sculptures. Your neighbours have created what is now affectionately known as, Ferris Lane the Magic Lane.


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What’s happening?

The creator has approached Council requesting support. Council can permanently close the road to protect the space and do works to manage storm water runoff. A tap has already been installed to assist with watering.


Have your say

Do you support permanently closing Ferris Lane to vehicles and continue community activity? Would you be interested in joining a group to manage Ferris

For the past six years, local volunteers have transformed Ferris Lane into a neighbourhood garden with furniture, potted plants and sculptures. Your neighbours have created what is now affectionately known as, Ferris Lane the Magic Lane.


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What’s happening?

The creator has approached Council requesting support. Council can permanently close the road to protect the space and do works to manage storm water runoff. A tap has already been installed to assist with watering.


Have your say

Do you support permanently closing Ferris Lane to vehicles and continue community activity? Would you be interested in joining a group to manage Ferris Lane the Magic Lane? Provide feedback:

  • Online by filling in the form
  • Call a FREE Interpreter or the National Relay Service Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm and provide our phone number 02 92935635.
    • Free Interpreter call TIS National on 131 450
    • Voice relay call 1300 555 727
    • TTY call 133 677
    • SMS relay call 0423 677 767

Final day for comments is Monday, 17 May 2021.

Drop-in information session

Staff will be available in Ferris Lane to answer any questions about the concept design and formalisation process. For the safety of staff and the community, please keep 1.5m apart.

Come say hi on Saturday, 1 May, 10-11am.


What happens next?

Your feedback will be reviewed and considered by the Local Traffic Committee. Their recommendation will go to the elected Council for a decision. Everyone who provides feedback will be notified when this project goes to Council. This page will be updated as the project progresses.

  • Storm water drainage upgrades in Ferris Street

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    Council is progressing plans for drainage improvements in Ferris Street, Annandale to replace ageing storm water infrastructure.

    The proposed works include:

    • Replacing existing ‘head-on’ pits with new storm water inlet pits
    • Replacing existing storm water pipes with an upgraded storm water pipe system to better manage storm water flows
    • Replacing sections of existing footpath with new concrete footpath
    • Reconstructing some driveways affected by the works (where shown on plans)
    • Resurfacing and adjusting road pavement levels adjacent of work
    • Providing some new green verges
    • Constructing some new kerb and guttering (where shown on plans)


    Should you wish to provide any comments, please send the response by one of the following methods:

    • Email: council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
    • Mail: Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham NSW 2049
    • In person: submit your written comments to the Customer Service team at the Leichhardt Service Centre, or any of the other service centres listed on the bottom of this letter

    To make sure your comments are received by the correct officer, mark with Council’s reference 'Sanjoy Chakraborty'.

    The last day to comment is Friday 8th October 2021.

  • Council decision

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    At its meeting on Tuesday, 20 July 2021, Council decided to support the recommendation of the Local Traffic Committee. We will proceed with the permanent full road closure of Ferris Lane between Whites Creek Lane and Ferris Street, Annandale.

    Community feedback informed this recommendation and is summarised in the Engagement Outcomes Report.

    Our next steps are to:

    • Prepare a Traffic Management Plan for approval by Transport for NSW
    • Construct a new kerb and gutter, footpath and grass verge to close off Ferris Lane between Whites Creek Lane and Ferris Street, Annandale. Funds have been committed in the current financial year. Residents will be notified of the construction schedule closer to the date.
    • Facilitate an introduction between the creator of 'Ferris Lane - Magic Lane' and those who expressed interest in helping to manage a public green space. We'll be in touch with more details when this has been arranged.


    We'll continue to keep this page updated as the project progresses.

  • Proposal supported by Local Traffic Committee

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    At it's meeting on Monday, 21 June 2021, the Local Traffic Committee supported the proposal to permanently close Ferris Lane, encourage community activity and do works to manage storm water run off. You can view the papers on Council's website.

    Overall, 172 people provided feedback on the proposal. It was supported by 164 participants. When it comes to joining a community group to manage the site, 9 respondents said yes and 28 respondents said maybe. Read the Engagement Outcomes Report.

    Next steps

    The LTC's recommendation to support the proposal will be considered at a Council meeting in July 2021. Following the outcome, Council staff will be in touch with people interested in joining the community group with more information.

Page last updated: 21 September 2021, 11:04