The Department of Planning and Environment is working closely with City of Ryde Council and Transport for NSW to develop new plans for Macquarie Park. The investigations will identify opportunities to enhance the area’s existing role as a major commercial centre and innovation district. This will also include investigating opportunities for securing the commercial future of Macquarie Park.
Macquarie Park is already an economic and employment powerhouse with the physical scale to generate even greater capacity. The key challenge will be encouraging the right types of uses that will make it an attractive place to work, live and play.
The investigations will also identify the infrastructure needed to support the sustainable development of Macquarie Park into the future, including improvements to roads, cycle and pedestrian links, schools, open spaces and community facilities.
As part of the investigations, the Department has engaged internationally leading masterplanners, Arup (UK), to explore the value created by bringing cultural, educational and commercial industries together around great public realm and capture the value of connectivity.
Preliminary background studies including urban design, social infrastructure and open space, transport and economics, are currently being finalised.
A map of the investigation area and surrounding precincts is below
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:
Feedback received, together with previous community input and other technical studies, will assist in the development of a vision which informs the draft Land Use and Infrastructure Implementation Plan, to be released in mid 2018.
A copy of the Department and Arup’s presentation from the landowner information session can be found in the documents section below.
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.
Three online surveys have been conducted to date.
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:
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.
Page last updated: 09/04/2019