Overview

Community + CultureEnvIronmentalResearch + Analysis

Client
Penrith City Council

Disciplines
Landscape Architecture
Town Planning
Media

Location
Penrith, NSW

Date
2021

Imagery
Tract Media
Steve Brown Photography

The Penrith Green Grid Strategy provides a common vision for an interconnected green infrastructure network for Penrith City in western Sydney.

The study is a plan to support cool and green neighbourhoods and encourage active transport by connecting schools, public transport and town centres to green infrastructure such as green spaces, parks, waterways and bushland.

It is translated from the broad scale Sydney Green Grid network to further identify and address challenges unique to Penrith, including increasing canopy to reduce heat and retro-fiit solutions to older suburban areas, as well as those undergoing urban renewal.

Our Landscape Architecture, GIS, Planning and Media teams’ expertise has been pivotal in developing a strong methodology by which Council will implement the strategy over the next 20 years.

Using simple mapping graphics and providing sketch plans, photomontages and video, we have allowed the community to engage with the Strategy and understand what it means for them.

We focused on preserving and enhancing Penrith’s green grid as a tangible way to demonstrate respect and caring for Country. Mechanisms embedded into the guidance for implementation of the Strategy establish a connection to Country, which was a base line for this work.

We focused on preserving and enhancing Penrith’s green grid as a tangible way to demonstrate respect and caring for Country. Mechanisms embedded into the guidance for implementation of the Strategy establish a connection to Country, which was a base line for this work.

Penrith green grid strategy - tract
Penrith green grid strategy - tract
Penrith green grid strategy - tract
Studying the existing Green Grid interface with each of these layers demonstrated the influence of Green Grid networks on liveability, and prosperity, across Penrith.
Penrith green grid strategy - tract

More detailed interrogation allowed the missing links to be revealed at local scale, importantly understanding how these networks interface with and benefit communities.

The study includes concept ideas for future connections, demonstrating practical and achievable projects which respond to the character of each place.