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Ministerial Media Release

New approach to supercharge Sydney's precincts

  • Date: 02.11.2019
  • Type: Ministerial Media Release
  • Author: Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces

The NSW Government has hit the reset button to supercharge the delivery of Sydney’s priority precincts.


Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the new approach would clear the decks of planning proposals stuck in the system, refocus the State’s efforts and empower councils to plan strategically.


“Sydney’s population is growing rapidly and this is our plan to fast-track the creation of great new places, from Camden to Crows Nest, Wilton to Westmead,” Mr Stokes said.


“Our new approach clears the way forward to deliver more than 50 new precincts right across the city.”

- Rob Stokes

"Our new approach clears the way forward to deliver more than 50 new precincts right across the city"

Mr Stokes said the action plan will see the NSW Government lead some precincts directly, work collaboratively with councils on others or put councils in charge where a shared vision for growth is agreed.

“It’s clear that the previous approach of the Government planning every precinct needed to change because things were stalling in the system,” Mr Stokes said.

“A definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting different results. We want to work collaboratively with councils and get on with the job of delivering good growth for the future of our city and State.”


The NSW Government will support councils by taking a stronger role in upfront strategic planning to set out ‘the bigger picture’, provide certainty and ensure the right infrastructure is planned for and delivered at the right time.


Councils will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure precincts are delivered quickly and as agreed.


The NSW Government will continue to lead the revitalisation of precincts including Pyrmont, Central Station and St Leonards Crows Nest.

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