New focus for the Greater Sydney Commission
The Greater Sydney Commission will be elevated to report directly to the Premier from July 1 to implement the NSW Government’s bold vision for Sydney as three, integrated and connected cities.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said following the Government’s adoption of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and five District Plans, the Commission will now be located at the centre of Government.
“We are turning the vision of Greater Sydney as a connected metropolis of three cities into a reality,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Reporting directly to the Premier will ensure the Commission is front and centre of Government decision making.”
The Commission will provide independent advice, strategic oversight and co-ordination across Government agencies, as well as provide assurance that good outcomes are being delivered. This will include a focus on delivering a more liveable Greater Sydney, through the planning of the Western Sydney City Deal and the new Aerotropolis, to be centred around the new Western Sydney Airport.
The Commission’s new role reporting to the Premier will be similar to that of Infrastructure NSW, which oversees the delivery of major infrastructure projects across the State. Like INSW, the Commission will provide advice directly to the Premier.
Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO, said the new focus for the Commission will ensure Greater Sydney is transformed into a thriving and connected global city.
“The new role of leading implementation of the plans is a natural evolution for the Commission,” Ms Turnbull said. “By reporting to the Premier we will effectively collaborate across Government agencies and ensure the Government’s vision becomes a reality.”