The Sydney Business Chamber says The Greater Sydney Region Plan: A Metropolis of Three Cities
gives good insight into how Sydney can become more liveable, more connected and globally competitive.
“The Greater Sydney Commission’s plan shows that we are starting to better understand how Sydney can become a more liveable city and what we can do to achieve that,” said Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber.
“An integrated public transport network, more options for housing, jobs close to where people live and green space are just some of the things that need to be considered if aiming to truly become a 30-minute city.
“The concurrent release of the State Infrastructure Strategy
and Future Transport 2056
report is one of the key features of today’s launch, drawing together key elements that are essential to creating a better connected, efficient, sustainable and thriving city.
“One of the most significant changes from earlier strategies, particularly transport, is the recognition of the primacy of technology and innovation to meet customer service demands.
“Housing affordability is one of the biggest issues facing Sydneysiders and the housing targets set out in the Commission’s plan are a sensible approach to planning for the city’s population growth.
“It is important local governments work with the Commission and the Government on agreed housing targets and guarantee a range of housing choices are available,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Director David Borger said collaboration areas such as the Ultimo and Western Sydney’s health precincts were identified in the Commission’s plan as places that could significantly boost the economy and the Chamber was already working on these.
“Western Sydney has a 300,000 jobs deficit and the transformation of Liverpool into a leading health, education, research and innovation hub could be one of the answers,” he said.
Mr Borger said the Western Sydney City Deal, with its focus around the Badgerys Creek aerotropolis, was in line with the Commission’s vision for the Western Parkland City.
He said transport’s vision, centred on the metro projects, would be a game-changer for employment and accessibility.
“The 30 minute city can only be achieved if the proposed Metro West line is built.
“This project must be given priority and funding commitments and we cannot afford to let the delivery times slip.
“This will change the shape of the city, pushing more jobs out and connecting people with better public transport.
“We will finally have a more balanced city, where jobs are more fairly located in the west and the east,” Mr Borger said.