People walking down the main street of a bustling city village

Village centres

We’re working on connecting people to communities so they feel like they belong in our fast paced and growing city. Part of creating communities is encouraging our village centres – and the businesses that make up each – to thrive.

It’s about encouraging local business to thrive. Ideally, city residents should be able to walk to their village and find everything they need – groceries and fresh food, healthcare, child care, a community centre, library, public school, transport interchanges and a wide range of retailers and professional services.

A lot of our work is behind the scenes. We offer grants to local business associations in each village (such as the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, the Glebe Chamber of Commerce and the Walsh Bay Partnership) and team up with them to support various projects.

We’re also a part of events and campaigns to encourage residents and visitors to village centres – including Shop Local promotions on different strips. The aim is to celebrate the diversity of each village; the Fashion Festival in Paddington and the Glebe Street Fair are good examples of this objective in action.

Every year we launch Small Business Month and host Let’s Talk Business forums – to not only support but acknowledge the role local businesses play in our community.

Towards 2030, we’re supporting business in village centres to:

  • connect local businesses with local communities
  • celebrate our quirky and unique main streets
  • help local economies thrive
  • improve job opportunities
  • increase the profile of local retail, commercial and professional services.

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