Key learnings from a collaborative approach to planning

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25 Oct 2019
In 2017, the Greater Sydney Commission introduced ‘Collaboration Areas’ to bring together State government, local councils and key anchor institutions in precincts and centres across Greater Sydney to solve complex urban challenges. Our latest publication, Partnerships and place – Insights from Collaboration Areas 2017-19 shares our learnings and insights from this process.

Our initial Collaboration Areas in Liverpool, Greater Penrith, Randwick, and Camperdown-Ultimo have each developed a Place Strategy and transitioned to implementation, further embedding a cultural change in planning that sees partnerships and place at the forefront of this new approach.

Our second round of Collaboration Areas are well underway in Campbelltown-Macarthur, Bankstown CBD and Airport, Kogarah and the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO), with partners developing a vision, priorities and actions for each place.

Partnerships and place shares our experiences and observations to date. Our key lessons and insights can be summarised into four overarching themes of setting strong foundations, fostering shared ownership, maintaining an outcomes focus and remembering to persevere because Collaboration Areas are founded on implementing a 20 year vision.  

By sharing our findings, Partnerships and place aims to illustrate how collaborative, place-based planning can be embedded into our planning system and deliver the liveability, productivity and sustainability outcomes that set the foundation for great places.

Read the Partnerships and Place – Insights from Collaboration Areas 2017-19 (PDF, 8 MB).


About Collaboration Areas

The Collaboration Areas program is the first action in A Metropolis of Three Cities – the Greater Sydney Region Plan, and works to accelerate, align and achieve outcomes by taking a place-based approach to building capacity, sharing knowledge and setting the governance foundations for delivering great places.

Collaboration Areas put partnerships and place at the forefront and provide a space for councils, State agencies and key organisations to contribute their respective insights and work together to resolve issues preventing a place from reaching its full potential.

Read more about the Collaboration Areas program.

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