This report analyses the first six months of available data. From this and our consultation with State agencies, councils, industry and stakeholders we identified nine critical focus areas of city-shaping that we believe will be fundamental to recovery and resilience.
- Community wellbeing is essential to resilience.
- Rapid recalibration of jobs and productivity through training and skills and developing specialised precincts is critical to economic recovery.
- Changes to where we work is revitalising some centres and may influence where we choose to live.
- Changes to where and when we work and shop alters demand for transport services and freight logistics.
- Digital technology is vital infrastructure and universal access is needed.
- Investment in open, public and shared spaces connects communities and supports healthy lifestyles.
- A metropolis of three connected cities supports local outcomes.
- Collaboration and evidence are central to responsive and efficient government.
- Scenario planning provides for adaptive management and agile responses.
The NSW and Australian Governments have already implemented a range of significant policy responses to support people and the economic health of Greater Sydney.
The Commission will keep a watching brief on the changes, impacts, challenges and opportunities that the pandemic presents to Greater Sydney. This will include monitoring and analysing what the data tells us about how to maintain and optimise liveability, productivity and sustainability across our three cities. It will also tell us what it means for recalibrating policy settings and/or implementation approaches to Greater Sydney’s strategic plans.
This work reflects a point in time, a snapshot of how the early months of the pandemic have informed government, business and community planning for Greater Sydney’s present and future. The complex and far-reaching impacts of the pandemic are still evolving. Any future scenarios will be highly sensitive to the length and severity of the health crisis, the gravity of fiscal and institutional damage, and the extent of government support and leadership.
This is the first ‘City-shaping impacts of COVID-19’ report to keep abreast of how our city is changing as we move through the stages of the pandemic.
We will continue to collate data and provide city planning insights over the coming months. It is anticipated that further insights will be presented in the next edition of The Pulse of Greater Sydney.