Snap shot of Georges River 2050

It's a snap shot into the future.

In 2050 the Georges River local government area will be a place that is connected, green and accessible, and innovative.

There will be less private cars and more sharing of autonomous vehicles while car parks could be converted to public spaces.

There could be a university in Kogarah and perhaps another in Hurstville, and a rail link between Kogarah and Parramatta, while 24-hour libraries would rely on robotics and could also be used as a space for urban agriculture.

Jubilee Stadium could be at the heart of a Sports and Entertainment Precinct.

The draft Georges River 2050 Leading for Change document has just been released by the council for community consultation.

The document has been prepared by the Georges River Council City Strategy and Innovation (CSI) directorate which was established in 2018 with the purpose of positioning the Georges River area and council as a strong and influential organisation.

2050 document includes "Hero Images" of the city which show the potential of the Georges River area to take advantage of its strengths of being Accessible, Green, Diverse and Innovative.

In 2050 the Georges River area will be connected not only to nature and the river but to public transport, jobs, information and technology.

An increase in young workers will place demand on connections to and from major employment hubs across Sydney, the CBD and Parramatta.

"Autonomous cars are likely to be phased in across the next 30 to 50 years reducing private car ownership and a change public spaces, road space and public car parks into places for people," the 2050 document states.

Objectives of the council are to increase access to Sydney CBD and Sydney Airport in 10-minutes; and 30-minute public transport to Parramatta, Bankstown, Randwick and the new Western Sydney International Airport.

The 2050 document describes the area as "A city for people rather than cars with streets as places, less traffic and private car ownership, more active public transport, shared and autonomous vehicles and micro mobility options such as e-bikes and scooters."

Key projects to pursue would include: new rail corridors between Parramatta-Bankstown-Kogarah; and from Randwick-Kogarah-Miranda; and a potential Macquarie Park to Hurstville or Kogarah via Rhodes through Burwood or Strathfield mass transit/train link.

The Great Georges River Walk is another key project expected to shape the city.

There would be a continuous walking track along the Georges River foreshore. Contributing to this would be connecting open spaces along the M5 corridor; the Salt Pan Creek Corridor; and the Georges River Parklands Corridor connecting to Chipping Norton Lakes.

Another objective is a Georges River cycling network connecting main routes to local centres, public transport, recreation facilities and open space.

There could be a Jubilee Sports and Entertainment Precinct. A covered stadium would provide a wider range of uses, and a surrounding entertainment precinct would expand the use of the asset beyond the sporting season.

The council would aims for 100 percent renewable energy and zero net emissions by 2050, investing in energy efficient assets such as hybrid and electric vehicles, solar power and LED lighting.

The council would investigate sources for renewable energy and achieve zero waste to landfill,

There would be shared and jointly-used public spaces with other landholders particularly the State Government.

Libraries will have to offer 24-hour services and the latest technology including robotics and augmented reality applications.

The council will create a child-friendly city with recreational parks and playgrounds within walking distance of home.

The Hurstville Civic Centre Master Plan will deliver first class cultural asset to further enhance Hurstville as the heart of the LGA.

Artists will help inform the design of a transformed Civic Centre.

And there would be inclusive and affordable housing near public transport.

The council will aim to achieve a strong university presence in Georges River

The development of a health, education and innovation precinct at Kogarah will provide great opportunity for a tertiary institution to be located in the suburb.

Hurstville will also be the ideal location for a university presence or a co-located education facility with an independent school or university. These areas would be promoted with an investment strategy.

Peakhurst would be promoted as a "maker space" for creative manufacturing.

There would be citywide data and digital connectivity.

And there would be open government data that anyone can freely access, use, modify and share.

Georges River Council would create a portal to allow the public to access certain data sets for the wider community.

The 2050 document will be presented to councillors at the November 25 council meeting for their endorsement for its public exhibition and community feedback.

2050 is expected to be launched in March 2020.

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