GreenWay Missing Links

What is the GreenWay?

The GreenWay is a 5.8km environmental and active travel corridor linking the Iron Cove at Leichhardt/Lilyfield with the Cooks River at Earlwood via Dulwich Hill, Lewisham, Summer Hill and Haberfield.
Following the route of the Inner West Light Rail, the GreenWay features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.


Completing the GreenWay Missing Links

The inner west community and local councils have been campaigning for over 10 years to complete the GreenWay. The NSW Government and the Inner West Council have secured funding towards the costs, this will unlock approximately 3ha of open space not currently accessible to the community. For the first time you'll be able to walk or ride easily and safely the length of the route.



GreenWay Master Plan adopted by Council in August 2018

In consultation with the community and stakeholders, Council developed the Cooks to Cove GreenWay Master Plan to guide the delivery of landscaping and infrastructure within the GreenWay corridor over the next 10 - 15 years.

The Master Plan includes new and upgraded areas along the GreenWay:

• A new bridge over the Cooks River

• Improved natural areas and public open spaces in the light rail corridor near Hercules Street in Dulwich Hill

• A new accessible shared path along the length of the corridor

• Creation of new natural areas and public open spaces in the light rail corridor near Lewisham West

• Safer crossings under major roads

• Upgraded parklands and new natural areas along the Hawthorne Canal and much more.

View the adopted Master Plan documents here


Concept Design completed in May 2019

Based on the Master Plan, Council developed a draft Concept Design which was put on public exhibition for community comment in March 2019.

This included:

  • Upgrade of the Bay Run separated path, lighting and seawall from the UTS Haberfield club to Lilyfield Road
  • Upgraded open space on the Lilyfield Road bridge
  • Upgrade of the GreenWay shared path and lighting in Richard Murden Reserve
  • New open space in the light rail corridor at Lewisham West, including a new dog off leash area and ecological spaces
  • A new shared path and lighting through the light rail corridor between Weston Street and Johnson Park, including a new tunnel under Davis Street
  • A new shared path and lighting through the light rail corridor between Johnson park and New Canterbury Road including a tunnel under Constitution Road and an underpass below New Canterbury Road
  • New open space in the light rail corridor behind Hercules Street including naturalised creek and ecological areas
  • Upgrades of the GreenWay route along Weston Street, Ness Avenue and Garnet Street

The comments were considered and incorporated into the final Greenway Concept Design where appropriate.
View the final Concept Design documents here


Construction Timeline

The Master Plan includes proposals for $57 million of works to be implemented over the long term. Around $27 million of high priority works are anticipated to be completed by 2022. Additional works outlined in the Plan will be delivered in a staged approach over the next 10 to 15 years, as more funding becomes available.


Next steps

Council is now undertaking further investigations and design, and seeking the required planning approvals.

What is the GreenWay?

The GreenWay is a 5.8km environmental and active travel corridor linking the Iron Cove at Leichhardt/Lilyfield with the Cooks River at Earlwood via Dulwich Hill, Lewisham, Summer Hill and Haberfield.
Following the route of the Inner West Light Rail, the GreenWay features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.


Completing the GreenWay Missing Links

The inner west community and local councils have been campaigning for over 10 years to complete the GreenWay. The NSW Government and the Inner West Council have secured funding towards the costs, this will unlock approximately 3ha of open space not currently accessible to the community. For the first time you'll be able to walk or ride easily and safely the length of the route.



GreenWay Master Plan adopted by Council in August 2018

In consultation with the community and stakeholders, Council developed the Cooks to Cove GreenWay Master Plan to guide the delivery of landscaping and infrastructure within the GreenWay corridor over the next 10 - 15 years.

The Master Plan includes new and upgraded areas along the GreenWay:

• A new bridge over the Cooks River

• Improved natural areas and public open spaces in the light rail corridor near Hercules Street in Dulwich Hill

• A new accessible shared path along the length of the corridor

• Creation of new natural areas and public open spaces in the light rail corridor near Lewisham West

• Safer crossings under major roads

• Upgraded parklands and new natural areas along the Hawthorne Canal and much more.

View the adopted Master Plan documents here


Concept Design completed in May 2019

Based on the Master Plan, Council developed a draft Concept Design which was put on public exhibition for community comment in March 2019.

This included:

  • Upgrade of the Bay Run separated path, lighting and seawall from the UTS Haberfield club to Lilyfield Road
  • Upgraded open space on the Lilyfield Road bridge
  • Upgrade of the GreenWay shared path and lighting in Richard Murden Reserve
  • New open space in the light rail corridor at Lewisham West, including a new dog off leash area and ecological spaces
  • A new shared path and lighting through the light rail corridor between Weston Street and Johnson Park, including a new tunnel under Davis Street
  • A new shared path and lighting through the light rail corridor between Johnson park and New Canterbury Road including a tunnel under Constitution Road and an underpass below New Canterbury Road
  • New open space in the light rail corridor behind Hercules Street including naturalised creek and ecological areas
  • Upgrades of the GreenWay route along Weston Street, Ness Avenue and Garnet Street

The comments were considered and incorporated into the final Greenway Concept Design where appropriate.
View the final Concept Design documents here


Construction Timeline

The Master Plan includes proposals for $57 million of works to be implemented over the long term. Around $27 million of high priority works are anticipated to be completed by 2022. Additional works outlined in the Plan will be delivered in a staged approach over the next 10 to 15 years, as more funding becomes available.


Next steps

Council is now undertaking further investigations and design, and seeking the required planning approvals.

  • Concept designs finalised

    21 days ago

    The GreenWay Draft Concept Design was presented to Council at its 26 February 2019 meeting and put on public exhibition for community comment from 1 to 31 March 2019.

    The results of the public exhibition showed broad support for the Design. 106 responses were received with 90% of these in support, either answering “Yes” or “Yes with changes”.

    Read the community submissions and individual responses in the report here.

    Comments were considered and incorporated into the final GreenWay Concept Design where appropriate. The final Concept Design documents can be viewed here

    The GreenWay Draft Concept Design was presented to Council at its 26 February 2019 meeting and put on public exhibition for community comment from 1 to 31 March 2019.

    The results of the public exhibition showed broad support for the Design. 106 responses were received with 90% of these in support, either answering “Yes” or “Yes with changes”.

    Read the community submissions and individual responses in the report here.

    Comments were considered and incorporated into the final GreenWay Concept Design where appropriate. The final Concept Design documents can be viewed here

  • The GreenWay Delivery Project Management and Engagement Plan

    5 months ago

    On 27 November 2018 Council considered a report on the GreenWay Delivery Project Management and Engagement Plan

    Read the report here C1118(2) Item 26

    Council resolved that:

    1. The report be noted;
    2. Council’s Communications team have responsibility for and management of all branding and communications relating to the GreenWay project; and
    3. The existing GreenWay logo be replaced by the Inner West Council logo in all Council communications published on the website or to materials distributed to residents .

    On 27 November 2018 Council considered a report on the GreenWay Delivery Project Management and Engagement Plan

    Read the report here C1118(2) Item 26

    Council resolved that:

    1. The report be noted;
    2. Council’s Communications team have responsibility for and management of all branding and communications relating to the GreenWay project; and
    3. The existing GreenWay logo be replaced by the Inner West Council logo in all Council communications published on the website or to materials distributed to residents .

  • GreenWay Community Southern Links Engagement Workshops

    7 months ago
    Greenway map with post it notes on it

    Council held the first round of engagement sessions for local residents in four GreenWay precincts between 26 September and 8 October 2018, to share 50% concept plans and invite input from stakeholders.

    Download the engagement report to read the feedback.

    The second round of sessions were held between 14 November and 22 November 2018 to share 70% concept plans and invite further input.

    Download the engagement report to read the feedback

    Council held the first round of engagement sessions for local residents in four GreenWay precincts between 26 September and 8 October 2018, to share 50% concept plans and invite input from stakeholders.

    Download the engagement report to read the feedback.

    The second round of sessions were held between 14 November and 22 November 2018 to share 70% concept plans and invite further input.

    Download the engagement report to read the feedback

  • Have your say on the Development Application for the Central Missing Links (DA201800364)

    8 months ago
    Council has now lodged a development application for the Central Missing Links works which include

    • A new suspended path below Parramatta Road and over the Hawthorne Canal
    • An upgraded shared path through Cadigal Reserve
    • A rest stop under the main western rail line at the southern end of Cadigal Reserve
    • A shared path ramp up from Cadigal Reserve to a new tunnel below Longport Street
    • A new shared path tunnel below Longport Street
    • A shared path ramp up from the new tunnel below Longport Street to Smith Street
    • A new shared path though light rail corridor between Lewisham West Light Rail stop and Old Canterbury Road
    • A rest stop in the light rail corridor just north of Old Canterbury Road
    • Associated lighting of the shared path
    • Associated landscaping adjacent to the shared path
    • Tree removals to facilitate path construction
    • A separated cycleway in Smith Street to connect the Greenway to the regional cycle route on Longport Street

    The development application will be assessed by Council and state government agencies. Based on the assessment Council will provide a recommendation to the Sydney Central Planning Panel.
    The development application will be determined by the Sydney Central Planning Panel, which is independent of Council. Planning Panels operate across New South Wales to provide independent, merit-based decision making on regionally significant development.


    Have your say on the DA

    Please search for DA201800364 on Council's DA Tracking Site here


    When will the construction start?

    Depending on the outcome of the Development Application, construction of the Central Missing Links, from Parramatta Road to Old Canterbury Road, is expected to commence in 2019. It is anticipated that construction of the Southern Missing Links, from Old Canterbury Road to the Cooks River, will commence in 2020.

    You can read more about the Sydney Central Planning Panel here http://www.planningpanels.nsw.gov.au/


    Council has now lodged a development application for the Central Missing Links works which include

    • A new suspended path below Parramatta Road and over the Hawthorne Canal
    • An upgraded shared path through Cadigal Reserve
    • A rest stop under the main western rail line at the southern end of Cadigal Reserve
    • A shared path ramp up from Cadigal Reserve to a new tunnel below Longport Street
    • A new shared path tunnel below Longport Street
    • A shared path ramp up from the new tunnel below Longport Street to Smith Street
    • A new shared path though light rail corridor between Lewisham West Light Rail stop and Old Canterbury Road
    • A rest stop in the light rail corridor just north of Old Canterbury Road
    • Associated lighting of the shared path
    • Associated landscaping adjacent to the shared path
    • Tree removals to facilitate path construction
    • A separated cycleway in Smith Street to connect the Greenway to the regional cycle route on Longport Street

    The development application will be assessed by Council and state government agencies. Based on the assessment Council will provide a recommendation to the Sydney Central Planning Panel.
    The development application will be determined by the Sydney Central Planning Panel, which is independent of Council. Planning Panels operate across New South Wales to provide independent, merit-based decision making on regionally significant development.


    Have your say on the DA

    Please search for DA201800364 on Council's DA Tracking Site here


    When will the construction start?

    Depending on the outcome of the Development Application, construction of the Central Missing Links, from Parramatta Road to Old Canterbury Road, is expected to commence in 2019. It is anticipated that construction of the Southern Missing Links, from Old Canterbury Road to the Cooks River, will commence in 2020.

    You can read more about the Sydney Central Planning Panel here http://www.planningpanels.nsw.gov.au/


  • GreenWay Master Plan Adopted by Council

    9 months ago

    Council considered a report on the Master Plan at its meeting on 14 August 2018. Read the report to Council here C0818(1) Item 11. Council decided to adopt the Master Plan with some amendments. Find out more in the meeting minutes here

    The GreenWay Master Plan was proudly funded by the NSW government in association with Inner West Council and City of Canterbury Bankstown.

    Next Steps

    The Master Plan includes proposals for $57 million of works to be implemented over the long term. Around $25 million of high priority works are anticipated to be completed by 2022. A summary of...

    Council considered a report on the Master Plan at its meeting on 14 August 2018. Read the report to Council here C0818(1) Item 11. Council decided to adopt the Master Plan with some amendments. Find out more in the meeting minutes here

    The GreenWay Master Plan was proudly funded by the NSW government in association with Inner West Council and City of Canterbury Bankstown.

    Next Steps

    The Master Plan includes proposals for $57 million of works to be implemented over the long term. Around $25 million of high priority works are anticipated to be completed by 2022. A summary of the implementation priorities is available here

    Construction of the central missing links, from Parramatta Road to Old Canterbury Road, is expected to commence in 2019. It is anticipated that construction of the southern missing links, from Old Canterbury Road to the Cooks River, will commence in 2020. Additional works outlined in the Plan will be delivered in a staged approach over the next 10 to 15 years, as more funding becomes available.

    Keep up to date with the project

    As part of the design and construction, Council will be undertaking further engagement with the community. Engagement information will be published on this page. To stay up to date with the project sign up here to receive the Your Say Inner West monthly newsletter.

  • IWEG submission

    11 months ago

    At its meeting on 22 May Council resolved to place the Master Plan on public exhibition and include the submission from IWEG (Inner West Environment Group) in the documents released for exhibition, and for it to be considered by Council during the exhibition period. Download the submission here

    At its meeting on 22 May Council resolved to place the Master Plan on public exhibition and include the submission from IWEG (Inner West Environment Group) in the documents released for exhibition, and for it to be considered by Council during the exhibition period. Download the submission here