Emerging Central City vision to increase opportunities and connect the Georges River area

26/08/2019

Georges River Council is one of the areas identified as critical to unlocking the full potential of Greater Sydney. 
 
Stuck in the Middle – A discussion paper examining how to unlock the potential of Sydney’s Central City, recommends the negotiation of a new City Deal and the appointment of a Central City Coordinator General, to strengthen regional coordination, attract public and private sector investment, and deliver improved social, environmental and economic outcomes. 
 
Produced by the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue and launched by the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes MP, at NSW Parliament House in front of 100 key stakeholders across government, business, property, transport, tourism and environment sectors, the paper aims to focus attention on one of the nation’s most significant growth corridors. 
 
Dialogue Chairman Christopher Brown AM said the Central City, which runs from the Hills in the north, through Parramatta, Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park, down to Hurstville via Canterbury Bankstown, hosts nearly one-third of Sydneysiders and over the next 20 years will accommodate more than half the city’s projected population growth.
 
Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene acknowledges this approach to regional collaboration could be crucial to delivering the Greater Sydney Commissions Metropolis of Three Cities Plan.
 
“Strengthening regional coordination throughout the Central City will provide increased opportunities to access jobs, services and education through the delivery of key infrastructure projects and critical transport corridors such as the Parramatta to Kogarah mass transit link,” said Mayor Greene.
 
“It will also deliver infrastructure and service networks linking the Kogarah Wellness Precinct to the Westmead Health and Education Precinct and connect Hurstville, the cultural hub of the South, to other heritage and historical assets across Central Sydney,” added Mayor Greene.

The reports key recommendations are focused on new governance, more connectivity, a boost for employment and skills, environmental renewal of public spaces and housing, and community infrastructure reform. 
 
Link to report https://static1.squarespace.com/static/552bbddde4b0da214d6d3a2f/t/5d5cdd93038 c2700016e2f2d/1566367347041/190822_SydneyCentralCity_Upload.pdf
 
For information on Georges River Council visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or phone 9330 6400.