I am delighted to present the Eastern City District Plan, which sets out planning priorities and actions for improving the quality of life for residents as the District grows and changes.
The District, particularly Harbour CBD, is the engine room of Greater Sydney’s economy. Of the District’s 904,500 jobs, 496,100 are in the Harbour CBD. Almost half of these are in the finance, professional, business and knowledge sectors.
The Eastern City District is vitally important to the success and prosperity of Greater Sydney, NSW and Australia. To remain globally competitive, we need the District to be a magnet for skilled people and innovative ideas from around the world. The District must be a powerhouse of creativity and innovation at all levels.
The world’s greatest cities are prosperous and great places to live and work. With the Eastern City District’s population growing from almost one million to approximately 1.34 million by 2036, we need to plan for jobs, housing and essential services such as health and education.
We need to plan for demographic changes, such as strong growth in the proportions of children and the frail aged.
We will continue advocating for effective infrastructure to keep pace with population growth. We will be supporting the coordination of government activity and delivery — transport, infrastructure, land use, housing, health, education, heritage and environment. We will continue working positively with the private sector and local government.
By taking a leadership role, we are bringing together public resources and expertise to create a more liveable, productive and sustainable city.
On behalf of the Greater Sydney Commission, I acknowledge the important work of councils whose submissions and feedback on the needs of their neighbourhoods, and centres and people have been invaluable. Together with the community and other stakeholders, your expertise and interest have helped to produce an inspiring and practical plan.