New ways to give feedback on planning for Greater Sydney

02 Feb 2017
Media Release | The Greater Sydney Commission today launched new tools and activities to help residents, community groups, businesses and other stakeholders prepare submissions on the six Draft District Plans for Greater Sydney.

The draft District Plans, launched in November last year, aim to deliver well-coordinated, integrated and effective planning for land use, transport and infrastructure across the six districts.

Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO, said Live Online, Dialogue in a Box and District Dialogues would encourage and assist people to share their opinions and suggestions on the draft District Plans ahead of the March 31 deadline for submissions.

"Live Online will provide weekly online access to Commissioners and key staff who will be available to answer questions about the the planning process for Greater Sydney, from February 7," Ms Turnbull said.

"These sessions will run on Tuesdays from February 7 from 1pm, for up to an hour, to help with questions from stakeholders preparing to make a formal submission.

"Dialogue in a Box is a toolkit that will help groups, including families, neighbours, friends, or members of an interest group, to make a submission," Ms Turnbull said.

"It will make the process simpler by providing advice on choosing a group, preparing for a meeting, running a meeting and lodging a group submission.

"Individuals and community groups will have an opportunity to discuss key priorities and actions at a series of facilitated workshops called District Dialogues. Two will be held in each District over February and March.

"District Dialogues will involve invited local groups, a selection of people who register online, and a recruited representative sample of the District’s population," Ms Turnbull said.

"We cannot get out and interview everyone in Greater Sydney on their views, but we can ensure that there are straightforward ways to make a submission on the city’s future," she said.

"Following the strong interest we saw through various engagement activities held last year, we now have draft District Plans that we encourage people to comment on through a formal submission. Submissions can be short or long, simple or detailed, and there are three types of forms available online to choose from.

"This vital feedback will ensure that we can develop final District Plans, and an updated regional plan, that are truly informed by the views, suggestions and input of Greater Sydneysiders," Ms Turnbull said.

Submissions can be made and details on Live Online, Dialogue in a Box and District Dialogues can be found at

Media contact: Peter Scott: 0466 499 352

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