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An iconic landmark, Central Station is well located in a vibrant area surrounded by leading universities, businesses and is at the heart of a revitalisation of Central Sydney.


The addition of the new Sydney Metro and Sydney Light Rail network presents a unique opportunity to upgrade Central Station and transform the area into an innovation and technology precinct based around a key transport network.


The innovation and technology precinct will be a major hub for tech industries, universities, research institutes, visionaries and start-ups. The precinct will be a leader in collaboration, innovation and jobs for the future.

What’s happening now

Nominated for investigation as a State Significant Precinct (SSP), we are working with Transport for NSW, the City of Sydney and the Greater Sydney Commission to plan for the future of the area.


Central SSP is approximately 24 hectares bounded by Pitt Street to the west, Cleveland Street to the south, Eddy Avenue to the north and Elizabeth Street to the east.

Draft Strategic Vision and Western Gateway rezoning proposal were on exhibition until 27 November 2019

TfNSW has submitted a draft Strategic Vision and Western Gateway rezoning proposal for public exhibition.


The Strategic Vision will:

  • set the vision for the area
  • identify priorities and key planning considerations and,
  • establish a commitment to design excellence for the precinct.


The rezoning proposal is for the Western Gateway, the first sub-precinct within Central SSP.


TfNSW proposes to amend the planning controls of the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 that apply to the Western Gateway area to enable redevelopment for a technology and innovation precinct. 


The proposed changes can be found in the Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE).

How to have your say

The draft Strategic Vision and Western Gateway sub-precinct rezoning proposal, including supporting technical documents, were on exhibition from 16 October 2019 until 27 November 2019.


All submissions received will be collated and used by TfNSW to prepare a Response to Submissions.


 What happens next

  • The exhibition period closed on 27 November 2019
  • We will now consider all submissions and based on the issues raised, we may request further information from TfNSW.
  • TfNSW will prepare a response to matters raised in submissions.
  • We will work with the City of Sydney and Greater Sydney Commission in assessing the proposal, considering submissions received and TfNSW’s response to submissions, including any post-exhibition changes made to the proposal.
  • We will prepare an assessment report and make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning, who will make a final determination on the Central Strategic Framework and the Western Gateway rezoning proposal.
  • Any future proposals for the Central SSP sub-precincts will need to be assessed for consistency with the final approved version of the Central Strategic Framework.

More information

The Central State Significant Precinct FAQs (PDF, 129 KB) provides more information about the Central SSP.

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Page last updated: 28/11/2019