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Media Release | The residents of Greater Sydney will all share the benefits of the city's on-going growth and success, following the NSW Government's adoption of the Greater Sydney Region Plan: A Metropolis of Three Cities, Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said today.

"It is exciting to be a part of the formation of Greater Sydney's transformation to three distinct, but connected, cities - the Eastern Harbour City, with the harbourside CBD at its centre - the Central River City, Greater Sydney's geographic centre with Greater Parramatta at its core and the Western Parkland City extending west of the M7," Mr Roberts said.

"The Three Cities vision, which is now Government policy, addresses the desire of Sydneysiders to live closer to where they work and to have more convenient access to education, health and great liveable places.

"We will also see the creation of the new Western Parkland City, which will be Australia's first 21st century city, with world class transport and digital connections, a new airport and an aerotropolis attracting high-tech businesses from around the world.

"The Region Plan promotes Greater Sydney's health and education precincts as generators of innovation, research and future jobs, while the city's 'green infrastructure' - the urban tree canopy, bushland, waterways and local open space - is valued, protected and enhanced like never before".

"The Region Plan also delivers important new policies, vital to the city's liveability. An Affordable Rental Housing Target of 5-10% of uplift on newly rezoned sites will help address the housing needs of our low-income earners, while urban services lands, which provide local jobs, services and industrial capabilities, will be better protected.

"Sydney is already one of the world's great cities and our plans will ensure that its status grows and the quality of life of its residents is enhanced," Mr Roberts said.

The Greater Sydney Commission's Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO, said the Region Plan and five supporting District Plans were the result of more than two years of direct engagement with more than 25,000 Sydneysiders and more than 750,000 via social media.

"The people of Greater Sydney told us their views on how our city is growing, what sort of future city they want and how the challenges we face daily might be better met," Ms Turnbull said.

"Behind all great cities of the world are great plans and Greater Sydney now has a region plan and five district plans, prepared concurrently with the Future Transport 2056 strategy and the State Infrastructure Strategy, to guide its future.

"The Commission is very pleased, now that the Region Plan has been adopted by the NSW Government, to focus its attention on collaboration with all levels of government and the community to implement it.

"Our city's future, as the home of our children, our grand-children and beyond, is too important for us not to embrace with absolute enthusiasm," Ms Turnbull said.

Media: Norm Lipson (Minister Roberts) 0429 081 428

Craig Middleton (Commissioner Turnbull) 0459 887 734