At Last – Some Big Thinking for a Big City

At Last – Some Big Thinking for a Big City
December 14, 2014 Committee for Sydney

‘A Sydney of 6 million people by 2031 will be an even better place with more opportunities across Greater Sydney if we deliver the Plan’

‘Previous plans have not been delivered – the role of the new Greater Sydney Commission, the proposed annual review by parliament and sub-regional planning will be vital to success’, says Tim Williams, CEO Committee for Sydney

The Committee for Sydney is an independent think tank and champion for the whole of Sydney. Shaping the Metropolitan strategy for Sydney, with a focus on rebalancing Sydney and the governance required to deliver the plan, has been a top priority for the Committee over the last 3 years. This is why we welcome the plan for growth and why we think it is a breakthrough in big city thinking.

We welcome:

  • That the NSW government has listened and is integrating its thinking to maximise impacts
  • The significant improvement of this plan over previous versions
  • The decisive shift in the importance given to Parramatta and Western Sydney as key to Sydney’s future
  • The focus on Sydney as a multi-centred city– needing strategies not just for the Sydney CBD and North Sydney but also Macquarie Park, Norwest, Parramatta, centres such as Penrith and Liverpool, the Western Sydney Employment Area and Badgery’s.
  • The recognition of the importance of public transport to the future of Sydney
  • The new emphasis on affordable housing and a recognition of the role Government land can play
  • The exciting new Green Grid project – which our members are already working had to deliver in parts of Sydney (eg Payce at Riverwood)
  • The emphasis on arts and culture both in the CBD and in a new arts precinct in Parramatta – excited about ‘Sydney’s own Guggenheim, MONA or Questacon’ in ParraCity
  • The new focus on the need to ensure our centres are walkable and cyclable and all accessible within 30mins by public transport
  • A new commitment to retrofit existing suburbs with the public services required to deal with significant growth, including schools and health care services
  • A recognition that we cannot simply grow Sydney by dispersing housing and jobs: that ‘it is critical not to repeat the mistakes of the past – dispersed housing growth which resulted in a sprawling and poorly connected city’.
  • A recognition that previous plans have not been delivered – so a focus on delivery via the new Greater Sydney Commission, sub regional planning and a very important monitoring and reporting approach which will see an annual update submitted to Parliament, three year appraisals and 5 year reviews of the Plan
  • An exciting new commitment to ‘revitalise existing suburbs’ recognising this is where people want to live – which means embracing ‘density done well’
  • A great new focus on ‘creating healthy built environments’ to encourage walking and cycling in suburbs