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26 June 2018: Greater Sydney Commission news

An important message from Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO

When the Greater Sydney Commission was formed, the former Minister for Planning and I agreed on 24 priorities to be delivered by the Commission by the end of 2018. I am proud to say that we have delivered all of these six months ahead of schedule. 

After considering the Commission’s future role, today the NSW Government has announced a new set of priorities for the organisation.

These changes place strategic planning at the centre of government and means the Commission can concentrate its efforts to ensure the right outcomes are delivered from the Region and District Plans.

The Commission will also have a central role in coordinating key growth areas across the city including the emerging Western Parkland City anchored by the new Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis, and creation of an economic powerhouse in the Central City’s Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) area. 

In accordance with the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 (GSC Act) we will continue to provide independent advice to Government, assure key state and local plans, and lead robust conversations with the community and stakeholders to deliver the best quality outcomes for the people of Greater Sydney.  A full list of priorities is available on our website and include:

·         Leading the strategic planning of Greater Sydney, including implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan

·         Assuring the delivery of key state and local plans

·         Implementing the Western Sydney City Deal 

·         Leading delivery of the vision for Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula

·         Delivering an effective tool for infrastructure planning through the Growth Infrastructure Compact

·         Providing thought leadership on key city-making issues.

To ensure effective delivery of these priorities the Commission will be moved to the Premier and Cabinet Cluster, with the GSC Act allocated to the Premier. We will continue to exercise statutory functions under Section 3.1 of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) with the Minister for Planning.

The Government has signalled its intention to transfer local plan-making responsibilities under Section 3.4 of the EP&A Act to the Department of Planning and Environment. This will enable the Commission to effectively fulfil its role of independent assurance.

This is an exciting time for strategic planning in our city as we continue working hard towards the transformation and rebalancing of Greater Sydney into a thriving metropolis of three cities.

If you have any questions about the future of the Greater Sydney Commission please feel free to call us on 1800 617 681 or email us (


Best regards,

Lucy Turnbull AO

Chief Commissioner 



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