Georges River area will be central to Sydney's growth, report finds

The Georges River area is located in the newly-identified Central City region of Sydney which over the next 20 years will accommodate more than half the city's projected population growth.
The Georges River area is located in the newly-identified Central City region of Sydney which over the next 20 years will accommodate more than half the city's projected population growth.

Georges River Council is one of the areas identified as critical to unlocking the full potential of Greater Sydney.

The area is singled out in Stuck in the Middle, a discussion paper examining how to unlock the potential of Sydney's Central City.

The Central City has been identified as the area that runs from the Hills in the north, through Parramatta, Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park, down to Hurstville via Canterbury Bankstown.

It hosts nearly one-third of Sydney- siders and over the next 20 years will accommodate more than half the city's projected population growth.

The Stuck in the Middle discussion paper, 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.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene acknowledges this approach to regional collaboration could be crucial to delivering the Greater Sydney Commission's 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," Councillor Greene said.

"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," he said.

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.

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