Safer Cities: Her Way

fairfield city council safer cities her ways project

 Fairfield Council is partnering with Transport for NSW on the Safer Cities: Her Way program which will see a $1 million investment in Canley Vale aiming to improve feelings of safety, particularly for women and girls in public spaces.


About the Program

Safer Cities: Her Way is investing $10 million over two years to partner with 10 selected pilot councils across NSW to help improve feelings of safety in NSW cities and towns, particularly for women and girls moving about in public spaces near transport hubs. Fairfield City Council is one of 10 pilot councils in NSW partnering with Transport for NSW on the Safer Cities: Her Way program.

The program will engage women and girls to understand their feelings of safety when using public spaces and work directly with them to co-design and trial temporary improvements to the public spaces to help them feel safer.

Safer Cities: Her Way is part of the wider Safer Cities program led by Transport for NSW.

Engage with us

We asked for feedback on your experiences of safety in public spaces in Canley Vale, and you delivered. We recently held an online webinar to present back to you the findings of engagement and input from over 250 people on our survey, interactive map, pop-ups and walkshops. The webinar outlines what you told us about your feelings of safety in Canley Vale, your suggestions for temporary public spaces improvements and the next steps on this project. Thank you to everyone that contributed to this important work.

Click below to watch the recording of this webinar.

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Click here to watch the Safer Cities Webinar

Following consultation with the community, these are the main ideas that you have said will help improve feelings of safety:

  • More and different types of lighting
  • Temporary activations
  • Improve overall look and feel
  • More public artwork
  • Shopfront activation and night life
  • More signage and wayfinding
  • More surveillance


We have reviewed all the feedback received and developed a plan for implementation based on your suggestions. Our aim is to incorporate as many of the ideas you provided to help improve feelings of safety. Here is an outline of what we will be doing and where.

The below map shows the 3 main activation sites where we will be making public space improvements. For each of the sites we have shown what we will be implementing by displaying icons next to the location. 

Map showing features for each activation site

Activation site 1: Westacott Lane Icons representing lighting, public artworks, more signage and wayfinding, improved accessibility, improved look and feel, more passive surveillance and feeling safe    

  • Providing lighting in the laneway
  • Creative painting on fencing in the pedestrian laneway
  • Continuing the picket fencing surrounding the cottage
  • Installing bollards and gate to designate pedestrian zone
  • Installing tactile ground surface indicators (TGSI)

 Concept design of wall with street art


Activation site 2: Diggers Lane Icons representing lighting, public artwork, improved look and feel, improved safety, improved accessibility and more passive surveillance

  • Providing bollard lighting in the laneway
  • Painting on the pathway
  • Installing new directional signage and TGSI

 Sample images of diggers lane footpaths


Activation site 2: Adams Park Icons representing lighting, public artwork, improved look and feel, improved safety, improved accessibility and more passive surveillance

  • Providing good lighting around pathways and playground
  • Providing table tennis with custom painted artwork
  • Providing chess board tables
  • Installing more bench seating
  • Installing new directional signage and TGSI





Activation site 3: Canley Vale Road Icons representing shopfront activation and nightlife, public artwork, improver look and feel, more passive surveillance, feeling safe, improved accessibility and lighting  

  • Providing accessible parklets for outdoor dining and seating options to help activate Canley Vale Rd using parking spaces instead of the pathway
  • Enhancing look with customised artwork, lights, shade and planter boxes
  • Creating opportunities for more people to be around and have 'eyes on the street' during the day and night

 Bunch of public benches under parasols  

Public art Icons representing public artwork, improved look and feel and feeling safe  

Providing more public artwork to improve overall vibrancy and friendliness of the area. We will work with a local artist to develop meaningful designs that everyone can relate to and appreciate.

Public art will be delivered in many locations across Canley Vale. The map below shows the sites where you will see some art. This will include murals, pathway art and custom painted and decal artworks on street furniture.

Map showing locations of Westacott Lane mural, diggers lane pathway art, Ping pong table with painted artwork, parklets, underpass murals and Canley Vale road mural


Below is a concept design for the mural at the underpass (location 6)

 Underpass concept design of small wall with a street art mural


Measuring our impact

An important part of this program involves assessing the impact of the public space improvements, to understand the difference these changes will make for you and your community. We have set up a community survey to gather feedback before we start work and will have another survey to collect your feedback after the works have been completed.

We would appreciate your time to provide us feedback. Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

Complete the survey



Photo gallery

See below photos from some of our engagement activities:


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