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In late 2019 the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces announced a new approach to precinct planning in NSW.

What happens next?

We will continue to lead the high level strategic planning work for the Macquarie Park strategic investigation area.


We are working closely with City of Ryde Council and State agencies to deliver a high-level strategic master plan and supporting infrastructure plan for the Macquarie Park strategic investigation area.


The investigations will also identify the infrastructure needed to support the sustainable development of Macquarie Park in the future.

Macquarie Park

The strategic centre of Macquarie Park is a health and education precinct and an economic and employment powerhouse.


We are leading the planning to strengthen Macquarie Park in collaboration with City of Ryde Council, the Greater Sydney Commission, the Ministry of Health, the NSW Department of Education and Transport for New South Wales.


You can view a map of the investigation area and surrounding precincts.


Previously completed precincts are:

What we have heard

Landowner, business and other stakeholder discussions

On 27 April 2020, the Department, with the assistance of Arup, hosted a webinar to share the draft vision, objectives and guiding design principles for the investigation area and provide an opportunity for questions and answers.


A copy of the presentations from the webinar can be found in the Documents section below.

Previously in late October 2017, the Department and Arup staff met with a range of stakeholders to explore key issues exploring Macquarie Park including quality of place, competitiveness, culture and collaboration, diversity and critical mass.


Engagement initiatives provided the opportunity for:

  • Round table discussions with business leaders and Macquarie University
  • Workshops with local council and state agencies
  • Landowner workshops
  • A public information session for landowners


A copy of the Department and Arup’s presentation from the landowner information session can be found in the documents section below.

Destination Innovation event

On 23 November 2016 a panel discussion was held to engage with local business stakeholders. Attendees participated in a lively panel discussion on the future of Macquarie Park as one of Australia’s premier Innovation Districts. Panel members included the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation and Member for Ryde the Hon Victor Dominello MP, NSW Chief Planner Gary White, Deputy Government Architect Ben Hewett, Petra Andrén, CEO of Cicada Innovations and Mark Broomfield, Director of Property at Macquarie University.


If you would like to view the presentation from the event, see the Documents section below.

Online surveys

Three online surveys have been conducted to date.

  • The first survey was conducted in 2016 to get community feedback about how to make Macquarie Park an even better place to live and work. More than 1,000 people took part, and identified access to public transport, living close to where they work, and access to the Macquarie Centre as the top three things they liked about the area.
  • The second survey was conducted during the Destination Innovation event in November 2016, to get input on how to make Macquarie Park Australia’s premier innovation centre. Over 100 people responded and identified the need for a new vision and strategic plan for Macquarie Park, as well as strong links between the NSW Government, Macquarie University and high tech stakeholders as being two of the key ingredients required to drive innovation.
  • Between 28 November 2016 and 28 February 2017, we opened up the Destination Innovation survey to a wider audience. Sixty three people responded and the results were similar to those received at the Innovation Event. The two key ingredients required to drive innovation were identified as being a new vision and strategic plan for Macquarie Park, as well as strong links between the NSW Government, Macquarie University and high tech stakeholders.


Results of these surveys can be found in the Documents section below and will be used to help inform the future vision of Macquarie Park, as well as identifying key priorities and issues in planning for the area.


Community input is an important part of the planning process for Macquarie Park and we’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the consultation to date through initiatives including:

  • Landowner and business leader information sessions and discussions
  • Council and agency briefings
  • Employee focus group and community information sessions
  • Online surveys
  • Destination Innovation event


We want to continue the conversation with stakeholders and the community and there will be ongoing opportunities to get involved throughout the investigation process. We will be releasing further information shortly on the progress of the investigation.


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Page last updated: 29/04/2021