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Macquarie Park the future innovation district

  • Date: 16.11.2016
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

Macquarie Park’s future as Australia’s premier innovation district is the focus of a symposium with the NSW Chief Planner, NSW Government Architect’s office, leading innovators and local businesses.


The Department of Planning and Environment is working closely with the City of Ryde Council and Transport for NSW, to develop a long-term planning framework to enhance the area’s existing role as a major commercial centre, with more jobs, homes, shops, cafes and open space.


The Department’s Deputy Secretary, Growth Design and Programs, Brendan Nelson said the area is set to expand rapidly as one of the country’s largest employment centres in coming decades.


“Macquarie Park is the second largest business district in NSW, and forms part of the Global Economic Corridor, with industries including medical research, pharmaceutical and Information Technology on its doorstep, along with Macquarie University,” Mr Nelson said.


The area is also conveniently located within walking distance of train stations at Macquarie Park, Macquarie University and North Ryde.


The next step for community involvement is next Wednesday’s breakfast event, which will include live polling, asking attendees questions including what the area needs to support entrepreneurs.


“This event will offer local businesses and employees a chance to have a say about what makes Macquarie Park a great place to work, and what they would like to see improved,” Mr Nelson said.


The Department surveyed more than 1,000 people who live in or around Macquarie Park earlier this year, asking them what they would like in their area.


The top results include improved transport, better walking and cycling paths and improved nightlife.


A Special Infrastructure Contribution from developers will be considered as a means to contribute funding towards regional infrastructure such as schools, roads, open space and affordable housing.


More information can be found at the Macquarie Park page.

Media release document