Community spaces

The WestConnex M8 is not just what’s happening below the ground. A major part of the project has been transforming the surface into new parks and public spaces. Have a look at some of our open space highlights.

Public art program Parks and playgrounds Cycle and pedestrian paths

Acknowledgement of Country

It is important to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands, linking the city of Sydney from mountain to sea with the opening of the WestConnex M8, and pay our respects to Elders past present and emerging.

WestConnex thanks the KARI Singers in joining us to come together with one voice of reconciliation.

WestConnex Public Art Program - Canal to Creek

Officially launching later this year, the WestConnex Public Art Program – ‘Canal to Creek’ - is a diverse program of eighteen commissioned artworks that will help activate new and existing parkla­nds between St Peters and Beverly Hills including contemporary sculpture, artist-designed playgrounds, a writers walk, large-scale murals and immersive lighting installations. Named ‘Canal to Creek’ after the waterways that connect the art sites, each work ­­is a site-specific exploration of the relationship between people and place.

Find out more Download commissioned artists information

Parks and playgrounds

WestConnex is building more than tunnels, it’s helping to reclaim public space including:

  • More than 900,000 trees, shrubs and plants planted, including 650,000 at St Peters Interchange, the former Alexandria landfill site

  • As part of the St Peters Interchange, an additional 85,000 square metres of open green space.

  • New fitness equipment will be installed at 18 locations along Linear Park

  • 14km of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle paths

  • An artist trail, part of the WestConnex Public Art Program, activating new and existing parkla­nds between St Peters and Beverly Hills

WestConnex has worked closely with communities on how best to integrate these new spaces for everyone to enjoy and they are designed to encourage walking, cycling and social interaction.

The local parks are vibrant places and landmarks in their own right, building on the local character of each area.

Cycle and pedestrian paths

The current active transport network in the St Peters area is very limited with gaps in connectivity and poor pathways that can be unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. The new St Peters Interchange will create new shared paths and upgrade existing paths within the area. It also provides further connectivity, to the south through the future Sydney Gateway project.

When the WestConnex M8 opens there will be an active transport link from the airport and Alexandra Canal in the south to Sydney Park and Bourke St Cycle way in the north. This will benefit both regional and local users.