Greater Sydney Commission to report to premier with new role

The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the Greater Sydney Commission will report directly to her from July 1 to implement the NSW Government’s vision for Sydney as three, integrated and connected cities. Since its inception in 2016, the Commission has reported to the Minister for Planning.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said following the Government’s adoption of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and five District Plans, the Commission will now be located at the centre of Government.

She also announced a new Statement of Priorities for the Commission replacing the original Statement of Priorities that had been agreed with the Minister for Planning for the Commission’s inaugural period from January 2016 to October 2018.

“We are turning the vision of Greater Sydney as a connected metropolis of three cities into a reality,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Reporting directly to the Premier will ensure the Commission is front and centre of Government decision making.”

The Commission will provide independent advice, strategic oversight and co-ordination across Government agencies, with a focus on delivering a more liveable Greater Sydney, through the planning of the Western Sydney City Deal and the new Aerotropolis, to be centred around the new Western Sydney Airport.

The Commission’s new role reporting to the Premier will be similar to that of Infrastructure NSW, which oversees the delivery of major infrastructure projects across the State. Like INSW, the Commission will provide advice directly to the Premier.

Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO, said the new role of leading implementation of the plans is a natural evolution for the Commission.

“By reporting to the Premier we will effectively collaborate across Government agencies and ensure the Government’s vision becomes a reality,” she said.

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