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The Six Cities Region Discussion Paper

A discussion paper to stimulate conversation about the best way to plan a Six Cities Region.

Explore the plans

  • Infrastructure
  • Liveability
  • Productivity
  • Sustainability
  • All
A city supported by infrastructureInfrastructure
A collaborative cityCollaboration
A city for peoplePeople
Housing the cityHousing
A city of great placesPlaces
A well connected cityConnected
Jobs and skills for the cityJobs
A city in its landscapeLandscape
An efficient cityEfficiency
A resilient cityResilience

The Six Cities Region Discussion Paper was released on 8 September 2022 to stimulate conversation about the best way to plan a Six Cities Region that benefits our people and captures our global economic opportunities, as we develop the Six Cities Region Plan.

The discussion paper is not government policy. It started conversations with our many stakeholders: First Nations peoples, community members, local councils and industry, state government departments and agencies, and cities experts.

Six Cities Region Discussion Paper Engagement

Since August 2022, the Commission has conducted meetings and briefings with each of the 43 councils within the Six Cities Region, conducted First Nations engagement across all six cities, hosted stakeholder webinars and participated in dozens of briefings hosted by community, and industry groups.

The Commission undertook online community consultation about the Discussion Paper, which was available on the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website and promoted by the Commission.

Stakeholders and community members were invited to join the conversation and share ideas on how we can deliver a world-class region of better jobs, housing, education and leisure that is productive, sustainable and liveable for everyone.  

Between 8 September and 30 October 2022, this online consultation was visited 14,500 times, and over 3,000 surveys were completed.


On 26 October 2022 the Commission held a webinar to provide an overview on the discussion paper.

The webinar was hosted by Executive Director – Region Plan, Jenny Rudolph and Executive Director – City Plan, Lee Mulvey and discusses the region shapers and the Commission’s plan to progress the actions.

Six Cities Discussion Paper Webinar

What we’ve heard so far

We thank those who have provided input so far through the Six Cities Region Discussion Paper consultation.

Key themes and feedback from our engagement activities.  

  • Housing affordability and access, particularly for young and older people is important. 
  • Interest in innovative approaches to diverse housing, including multi-generational living. 
  • Focus on addressing climate resilience and responding to major weather events such as bushfires, heat and flooding.
  • Increase sustainable living with tree canopy, active transport and responsive home design. 
  • Care for First Nations voice and culture.
  • Provide better transport connections between cities and within cities.
  • Improve alignment of investment in infrastructure and services to support growth.
  • Protect the unique identity of our cities and natural features like bush, waterways, beaches and open space.  

Further updates will be published in the coming months.

Next steps

The Discussion Paper engagement process is the first of many opportunities to provide input into the Region and City Plans being developed by the Commission.  

There will be further engagement in the coming weeks and in 2023, including a public exhibition period for the draft plans. The Commission will ensure the community is provided with opportunities to provide feedback, in line with the requirements of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act.   

If you would like to participate in future engagement activities and events, please subscribe to the Greater Cities Commission newsletter.