Greater Sydney Commission releases vision for 30-minute city

A Metropolis of Three Cities, the first regional plan developed by the Greater Sydney Commission, has been released, presenting a vision of three cities where most residents live within 30 minutes of their jobs, education, health facilities, and services.

The plan aspires to a 30-minute city, where jobs, services, and quality public spaces are in easy reach of people’s homes. It also sets targets for new housing, with a range of types, tenures and price points to improve affordability.

To meet the needs of a growing and changing population, the plan seeks to transform Greater Sydney into a metropolis of three cities:

  • the Western Parkland City

  • the Central River City

  • the Eastern Harbour City

The plan brings new thinking to land use and transport patterns to boost Greater Sydney's liveability, productivity and sustainability.

Green infrastructure such as urban tree canopy, green ground cover, bushland, waterways, parks and open spaces will be valued for its economic, social and environmental benefits and will help to establish the Greater Sydney Green Grid, a network of walking and cycling links that will become increasingly important in daily travel arrangements improving sustainability and the wellbeing of residents.

The plan will be achieved through collaborations between all tiers of government, and between governments and key stakeholders including the community, interest groups, businesses, industry groups and nongovernment organisations.

The Western Sydney City Deal, a partnership of the Australian Government, NSW Government and the local governments of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly will be instrumental in delivering on the aspirations of the Western Parkland City.

The full report is available on the Greater Sydney Commission's website.

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