Better connecting communities, new targets for affordable housing and creating more jobs are front and centre in the NSW Government’s ambitious plan for the Six Cities.
The Six Cities Discussion Paper released today further takes forward our plan to build Australia’s only truly global city region: Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City, Central Coast City, Illawarra-Shoalhaven City, Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said this vision was key to building a brighter future for the people of NSW.
“This is a blueprint to better connect and create more liveable cities across NSW as well as providing more access to services and opening new doors for businesses to thrive,” Mr Perrottet said.
“This is the next step in establishing a globally competitive city region with more jobs, housing, education opportunities and lifestyle benefits, bettering the lives of everyone in the Six Cities.
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“Our ambitious vision includes unlocking new opportunities for businesses across the Six Cities in traditional industries and also in the industries of the future such as defence technology, aerospace, medtech and renewable energy.
“This vision also lays the groundwork to supercharge the development of more modern and advanced manufacturing in the Six Cities which will be key to boosting economic activity and creating more skilled jobs.”
Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the Sandstone City region can become a global exemplar of sustainable urban development.
“Housing targets need to be more ambitious to address supply challenges and I want to ensure that all new residential development on Government land includes 30 per cent social, affordable and diverse housing,” Mr Stokes said.
“With more migrants set to settle in the Six Cities – our plans will include targets to achieve the housing we need.
“We also have to reduce our dependence on cars and provide more safe options for people to walk or cycle. In order to achieve that we need to continue to plan and invest in the right active transport infrastructure.”
The Greater Cities Commission’s Discussion Paper is a starting point for a deep engagement period throughout the Six Cities, both online and in-person.
Following engagement on this vision, work to develop and finalise the Six Cities Region Plan will be undertaken in 2023.
Originally published by The Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Cities, Active Transport