GreenWay Sustainability Project

The GreenWay Sustainability Project was a $1.83 million project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust focused on working towards the vision of the GreenWay.

The Project was a partnership between the then Ashfield (lead), Leichhardt, Marrickville and City of Canterbury Councils which started in 2009 and concluded in September 2012.

The GreenWay Sustainability Project had a strong focus on sustainable governance, community engagement and volunteers, active transport (walking / cycling) and urban biodiversity.

Schools Program

Based at Inner West Council, the Project worked closely with City of Canterbury Bankstown Council, community and state agency stakeholders, including integrating the Project's activities with the Inner West Light Rail Extension.


Quick Stats for the Project 2009 - 2012

  • More than 4,000 local native plants have been planted in GreenWay bushcare sites
  • More than 3,350 sq m of weeds have been removed from bushcare sites
  • 60 volunteers have increased their skills through free TAFE bushcare training
  • GreenWay Festival 2011
    80 community members have had their say about the future governance of the GreenWay at workshops;
  • 3 local primary schools have piloted materials for the GreenWay Primary School Sustainability Program
  • 60 Eco Warriors explored the GreenWay as part of the GreenWay Festivals in 2010 / 2011
  • More than 50 Adults and children have been trained in AusCycle bike skills and safety

Read our Stage 2 Evaluation Report Highlights.

Check out some of the Project's media [3.13 MB].



The Project worked at a strategic level with the partner Councils, state agencies and community groups.  This included coordinating activities and developing a model for the future management of the GreenWay.

The Project also worked to improve the environment of the GreenWay and to promote the GreenWay to the local community through bushcare, education and the promotion of walking and cycling.


The GreenWay Project delivered an exciting program of activities for Councils and the local community.

Walking tours

Projects included:

  • Hosting the GreenWay Festival in October 2010 and 2011;
  • Developing a sustainability program for local primary schools
  • Running free cycling proficiency courses for  residents and developing a strategy to increase walking and cycling in the GreenWay
  • Working with Macquarie University, Councils and the community to develop a governance model for the GreenWay
  • Providing free resources and training for local bushcare volunteers
  • National Tree Day
    Hosting community events including Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day
  • Developing information brochures and fact sheets about urban biodiversity, including the endangered population of Long-nosed Bandicoots 
  • Supporting existing and new bushcare sites.

Visit the Activities page for more Project information.

All activities were regularly monitored through an evaluation program.


GreenWay and light rail

The Project worked with local Councils, the GreenWay Steering Committee and Transport for NSW on the implementation of the GreenWay as part of the light rail extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

While the GreenWay Sustainability Project has now finished, the partner councils are still working together to achieve the GreenWay vision. The councils have committed to an ongoing GreenWay Program which includes the funding of a GreenWay Place Manager position. Regular reports on activities and events are included in the monthly GreenWay E-news (subscribe from the home page) and the News and Events sections of the website.

For more information please contact the GreenWay Place Manager.