The goal is to improve connectivity within and between the three cities.
- Percentage of dwellings within 30 minutes of a metropolitan or strategic centre using the Network Capability Tool (updated)
- Frequency of public transport services to metropolitan and strategic centres within 30 minutes (new)
- Frequency of public transport services to large local centres within 30 minutes (new)
- Percentage of job containment in strategic centres (new)
The goal of the 30-minute city underpins the vision of the metropolis of three cities. The 2019 Pulse of Greater Sydney measured the proportion of residents able to reach their nearest metropolitan centre/cluster or strategic centre using public transport and/or walking within 30 minutes.
In 2020, the focus is expanded to include the frequency of those connections and the percentage of residents who work in strategic centres. The indicator also considers the large local centres where more people are spending time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strategic centres vary in size, location and mix of activities including commercial, retail and residential and have high levels of private investment and accessibility. There are 34 strategic centres in Greater Sydney.
Local centres also have a broad mix of land uses and activities that provide jobs and services for local communities. Analysis shows that 10 per cent of Greater Sydney’s jobs are in the approximately 200 local centres that have a supermarket greater than 1,000 square metres24. Of these, 75 have at least 10,000 square metres of retail floor space and varying amounts of commercial floor space. They accommodate five per cent of Greater Sydney’s jobs25.
The proximity to and diversity of Greater Sydney’s centres will help build the city’s resilience and post-pandemic recovery. There are opportunities to focus jobs and services in centres and industrial lands near where people live and to invest in transport connections for new communities.
Overall, there is a good degree of accessibility with many centre-to-centre transport connections, however our analysis highlights areas where connections could be improved.
30-minute access to metropolitan and strategic centres
There are different ways to measure Greater Sydney as a 30-minute city. The 2019 Pulse of Greater Sydney reported on a new network capability tool being developed by TfNSW, which calculates 30-minute travel based on service provision and/or walking. The tool has been refined since last year.
The percentage of dwellings located within 30 minutes of a metropolitan or strategic centre in Greater Sydney in 2018 has remained steady at more than 95 per cent (see Figure 11).
This analysis relates to the 6:00–10:00am weekday peak with no waiting time using the network capability tool.