In 2020, the City of Sydney’s 20-year street furniture contract with JCDecaux expired. At that time, Council unanimously agreed to award QMS Media a 10-year contract to completely renew the street furniture and secure important income to help fund City of Sydney services and facilities.
Our Design Advisory Panel worked closely with QMS on the new designs to ensure they comply with current design standards and accessibility requirements.
We understand some members of the community have expressed concerns about the location of some of the pieces of street furniture, in particular the placement of some of the advertising screens.
Following this feedback, we have committed to carry out an external review of the advertising screens. This will identify those which negatively impact public spaces and pedestrian amenity.
We will then work with QMS to respond to the recommendations of the review.
While our contract with QMS provides significant value to the city – both in terms of attractive, well-maintained street furniture and income – we must ensure the balance is right.