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Greater Sydney Commission tasked to accelerate key economic precincts, with new Commissioners appointed

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The Greater Sydney Commission, the independent NSW Government agency leading strategic metropolitan planning, has been tasked by the Premier to lead the accelerated delivery of key economic and innovation precincts across Greater Sydney.

Chief Commissioner, Geoff Roberts AM, said today the four key precincts are:

  • Technology Precinct, from Central to Eveleigh, including Tech Central
  • Westmead Innovation Precinct, including Parramatta North
  • Macquarie Park Innovation District
  • Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct

"These precincts are the foundation for growing Greater Sydney's capacity as a centre for innovation, attracting top businesses from around the world and creating new jobs and opportunities for the people of our metropolis of three cities," Mr Roberts said

"Tech Central, Westmead and Macquarie Park are already seeing world-class universities, start-ups, tech leaders and the community creating innovation ecosystems.  Meadowbank is well on the way to becoming an education and employment precinct," Mr Roberts said.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said, "This provides us with an exciting opportunity to coordinate projects and collaborate with the private sector."

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the jobs created by the acceleration of these economic precincts are a key part of the NSW Government's COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

"These precincts will be the engine rooms for job creation, helping to train and attract the best and brightest talent who will be at the forefront of our economic recovery."

Supporting the Commission's new focus on the precincts are two new Economic and Environment Commissioners, filling vacancies created by Mr Roberts' appointment as Chief Commissioner and the completion of Roderick Simpson's two terms.

Ms Jackie Taranto has been appointed as Economic Commissioner, bringing more than 30 years' experience across industries including technology, advanced manufacturing, international trade, medical, finance & investment, research and infrastructure.

Ms Emma Herd has been appointed Environment Commissioner. She brings 20 years' experience in climate change advocacy, development and delivery of commercial climate change finance and investment solutions. 

Mr Roberts said: "Greater Sydney must not only survive COVID-19, it must emerge stronger in the post-pandemic world.   We must grab every opportunity to re-shape Greater Sydney in a way that delivers good economic, liveability and sustainability outcomes," Mr Roberts said. 

"The three cities vision remains key to Greater Sydney's future.  Our work on economic and innovation precincts will shape the updates of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and the District Plan, as we draw together stakeholders across government, industry and, of course, engagement with the community," the Chief Commissioner said.

The Greater Sydney Commission will be undertaking its precinct work in consultation with the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces and the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney.  It will continue to perform its statutory functions as required by the Greater Sydney Commission Act, such as providing independent advice to Government and coordinating implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan. 

Read more about the Premier's 2020 GSC Priorities.