Sydney’s Metropolis of Three Cities Moves Ahead

Lucy Turnbull’s Greater Sydney Commission will report directly to the Premier from July 1, centralising the Commission’s ambitious plan to create a metropolis of three cities.

In a statement announced on Tuesday Premier Berejiklian said that the Greater Sydney Commission vision to create three interconnected cities will now be located at the “centre of government”.

“We are turning the vision of Greater Sydney as a connected metropolis of three cities into a reality,” Berejiklian said.

“Reporting directly to the Premier will ensure the Commission is front and centre of Government decision making.”

The three cities metropolis was previously under the purview of the Planning Minister Anthony Roberts – making it the second government agency after the recently-split UrbanGrowth to be removed from the planning minister’s portfolio.

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By 2056, Sydney will be divided into three cities, with Parramatta at its centre.
By 2056, Sydney will be divided into three cities, with Parramatta at its centre. Image: Greater Sydney Commission

The state government and the commission released a statement of priorities including the implementation of the Western Sydney City Deal, which was unveiled in March.

Chief commissioner Lucy Turnbull welcomed the move as 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.”

Under the plan spearheaded by the Lucy Turnbull-led commission, the metropolis of three cities comprises the established Eastern Harbour City, the emerging Western Parkland City and the developing Central River City – complemented with a transport plan to ensure commuters will be able to travel to work and community hubs within 30 minutes.

The three-city concept was first established by the Australia’s Aboriginal people, who had referred to the three cities as “saltwater country”, “muddy river country” and “running water country”.

"It's only taken us 230 years to catch up with a vision that our indigenous ancestors always had for this city,” Turnbull said.


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