A Streamlined Approach to Sydney Planning
26 Jun 2018
The Sydney Business Chamber says new governance arrangements for the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) is an important initiative for metropolitan strategic planning and is the logical next step in its evolution.
“Today’s announcement that the GSC will report directly to the Department of Premier and Cabinet will give the GSC the credibility of being independent of any one agency and will build community and business confidence in its work,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“This coordinated approach will remove the confusion that industry has to navigate in managing its potentially conflicting relationships between the Department of Planning and Environment and the GSC.
“Since its establishment the GSC has played a significant role in metropolitan planning and in aligning key plans with transport and infrastructure,” Mrs Forsythe said.
“This new direction should overcome the challenge of multiple agencies each acting in their silos due to lack of a whole-of-government capacity and will ensure efficient delivery of major projects around the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula, the Westmead health and education precinct and the aerotropolis around Badgerys Creek.
“The Western Parkland City, centred around the new Western Sydney Airport, will be Sydney’s next economic powerhouse so it is pleasing to see a focus on this.”
Mrs Forsythe said the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula and the region around Badgerys Creek would be areas of significant economic growth.
“One of the greatest achievements of the GSC is that it ushered in a new era of cooperation between government agencies and this will now continue.
“It is important we focus on driving a huge outcome for Western Sydney’s first airport and make the airport city a reality,” Mrs Forsythe said.
The Sydney Business Chamber was one of several organisations that had called for these reforms.