The Sydney Business Chamber has described day one on the job for the new CEO of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) as the next significant step toward a more coordinated approach to urban development and infrastructure delivery to support the future development of Sydney.
Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said, “The governance structure of the GSC represents an opportunity to achieve a whole-of-government strategic approach that has not been possible despite the work of the Cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure or the Department of Planning.
“For too long Sydney has suffered the tyranny of small decisions with the sum of local council LEPs not delivering the targets for dwellings or jobs to support a changing city, and key government agencies acting in isolation despite the targets.
“Retrofitting transport systems to existing urban communities, is no substitute for planning up-front.
“The challenge for the commission will be to get all the agencies thinking as one.
“Two key challenges will be a long term solution to transport for the massive Green Square development and getting ahead of the curve with transport links to the Bays Precinct.
“Creating strong well-connected communities should be the prime goal of the commission with the six district commissioners being the voice of their district. “For business, fewer councils and identified “owners” of district plans should address the problem of the maze of competing voices and standards which has made development in Sydney inefficient and complex.
“The NSW Government has shown courage in tackling the issue of too many councils and tackling the challenge of agencies doing their own thing and in creating the GSC is giving Sydney the best chance to achieve a thriving global city,” Mrs Forsythe said.