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New Survey to help shape the future of Greater Sydney

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The community, industry, councils and government agencies have been invited to help shape Greater Sydney’s strategic future.

The Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities was adopted by the NSW Government in 2018 and is required by law to be updated by the end of 2023. 

Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner, Geoff Roberts AM, says extensive, ongoing community and stakeholder engagement will be a feature of the review over the next two years. 

“We are commencing the review by outlining the process through Next Steps for Greater Sydney and an online survey that will allow the people of Greater Sydney to share their thoughts and ideas on the key issues they want the next generation of Plans to address,” Mr Roberts said. 

A Metropolis of Three Cities changed the way Greater Sydney thinks about itself and its future.  The Eastern, Central and Western Parkland cities are a reality – unique in what they offer but nonetheless connected and helping to bring jobs and services closer to where people live. 

Mr Roberts noted that initial research and investigations have commenced to gather evidence to support the strategic planning.  

“The survey offers an opportunity to explore how we and other global cities have responded to COVID-19; how we can help Greater Sydney meet its long-term housing needs; how quickly does Greater Sydney need to reduce emissions to support the State’s Net Zero strategy; the future of our industrial lands as the nature of manufacturing changes; what kinds of jobs and workforce will be needed over the next 40 years; and how can we ensure that Greater Sydney’s neighbourhoods remain liveable as temperatures rise.” 

Greater Sydney Commission Chief Executive, Elizabeth Mildwater says, “In addition to the online survey, detailed research will be commissioned, and key data drawn from the 2021 Census will support the review.  We will publish a series of discussion papers alongside a mid-term strategic review to be released in early 2022.  

“We look forward to this tremendous opportunity to work with the people and organisations of Greater Sydney to ensure it continues to grow as a liveable, productive and sustainable global city,” Ms Mildwater said.

The survey and Next Steps for Greater Sydney are available at www.greater.sydney/nextsteps