First day for new Chief Commissioner

01 Apr 2020
Our new Chief Commissioner, Geoff Roberts AM, has spent his first day in the new role vowing ‘a steady hand at the wheel’, acknowledging the legacy of his predecessor Lucy Turnbull AO and signalling that the Commission is well-placed to step forward in Greater Sydney’s post-coronavirus recovery.

Geoff has served as the Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner from late 2015. With more than 35 years of experience in Australia and internationally, working on city strategy, governance and leadership, Geoff has been involved, on behalf of governments and the private sector, in the key economic challenges and opportunities facing cities.

“It’s been an absolute privilege working alongside Lucy over the past four and a half years, with our shared commitment to improving the liveability and prosperity of Greater Sydney,” Geoff said.

“She can be very proud of her legacy including the Metropolis of Three Cities vision, the 30-minute city concept and focusing government attention on the planning and infrastructure needs of Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula.

“I am passionate about this great city – particularly Western Sydney – where I have spent a lot of my time over the past four years selling the vision, attracting investment and helping bring new opportunities such as local jobs, university access and great places to live,” he said.

“I’ll be working to assure the community, industry and local councils in these times of uncertainty and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Greater Sydney is one of the world’s great cities, and I am confident that we will emerge from this challenging time a more resilient and enterprising place, and we will work alongside our partners in the community, industry, councils and state government to support our recovery.

“While these are early days in what might be an extended and difficult period of disruption, our CEO Sarah Hill, the Commissioners and I are turning our minds to when Greater Sydney starts to emerge from the other side of the pandemic and work is needed to heal the damage – to the economy, to businesses and jobs, and our communities,” Geoff said.

To read Geoff’s bio, click here.

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