Rebalancing the economic opportunities for the residents of Greater Sydney is an objective of A Metropolis of Three Cities. Delivering a more connected and competitive GPOP Economic Corridor will support this.
The GPOP Economic Corridor includes the precincts of Westmead, North Parramatta, Parramatta CBD, Rydalmere, Camellia, Silverwater, Auburn, Granville and Sydney Olympic Park. The wider GPOP also includes the urban corridor along the rail line to Carlingford (refer to Figure 18). A number of these precincts provide urban services.
Greater Parramatta needs a radial transport network to make the most of its location at the centre of Greater Sydney. To improve public transport access, Future Transport 2056 identifies a number of mass transit initiatives for investigation in the next 20 years. These include connections from Parramatta to the strategic centres of Epping and Norwest, south towards Kogarah, and west towards the Western Sydney Airport (refer to Planning Priority C9).
In 2016, the Greater Sydney Commission established GPOP as its first Collaboration Area, with a vision to transform it as the unifying heart at the centre of Greater Sydney.
The Commission has an active strategic planning role for GPOP and is leading the collaborative process, working with key partner agencies, institutions and businesses to achieve this vision.
The Commission will undertake a pilot of the growth infrastructure compact for that seeks to change the current precinct-by-precinct and project-by-project approach to deliver more informed, integrated and productive growth across the precincts.
In parallel, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment's Interim Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan defines 12 precincts in the Greater Parramatta Growth Area, forecasts 72,000 new homes and 110,000 jobs by 2036 in GPOP, and identifies capacity for more, subject to further planning. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment continues to lead planned Precincts, assessing planning proposals and preparing a State Infrastructure Contribution and Precinct Support Scheme for the Greater Parramatta Growth Area.
Strategic decisions about major infrastructure and the future of government-owned land are critical to shaping the future of the GPOP Economic Corridor. In addition to the activities for Greater Parramatta outlined in Planning Priority C7, potential opportunities and synergies include:
- Synergies in water, energy and transport in Camellia: evolve Camellia into a highly productive part of the Central River City, with a focus on coexisting water, energy and transport uses generating a range of employment types, including highly skilled jobs.
- Health and education uses to activate Sydney Olympic Park: attract public and private sports, health and physical education and tertiary education facilities as anchor tenants to activate the Sydney Olympic Park strategic centre.
- Urban services: Retain Camellia, Silverwater and Rydalmere as locations for urban services.
Figure 18: Parramatta CBD and GPOP
The south western part of GPOP is in Cumberland Council. Council is a project partner for the GPOP growth infrastructure compact pilot. This reflects recognising the important need for integrated planning at Westmead and Wentworthville, across both sides of the T1 Western Line. As Greater Parramatta strengthens its metropolitan centre at the centre of Greater Sydney, Cumberland Council's suburbs will grow to provide a diversity of housing and jobs for the community.
The Granville and Auburn precincts of the Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Corridor are also part of the GPOP growth infrastructure compact pilot. In these precincts, the Sydney Metro West proposal would provide relief to existing stations, thereby supporting housing and jobs.