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The Pulse of Greater Sydney 2020

The Pulse of Greater Sydney 2020

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  • Infrastructure
  • Liveability
  • Productivity
  • Sustainability
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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

Geoff Roberts

Message from the Chief Commissioner

This year has been a year like no other as the city has dealt with the dramatic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has caused health and economic shocks and changed the way we interact in the city.

We are also dealing with the aftermath of the catastrophic 2019-20 bushfires, prolonged drought and floods that have tested personal and community resilience.

The Pulse of Greater Sydney 2020 builds and expands on the first report produced in 2019 to measure the implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities, and five district plans.

Message from the Chief Commissioner

George St during Covid

2020 - A year like no other

This year's report was prepared amid the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that radically changed the way we live, work, study and play in Greater Sydney.

It includes discussion on how the impacts of the pandemic will shape updates to the Region Plan and district plans. We must understand the impacts and challenges while recognising the emerging opportunities to build Greater Sydney's resilience.

2020 - A year like no other

Implementing the Greater Sydney Plan

Four overarching performance indicators were developed with the community to measure progress on the implementation of the Region Plan and the district plans.

Bringing a resilience lens to the data sets and updating aspects of the four performance indicators introduced in 2019 gives us new data and insights on jobs, education, housing, and frequency of connections between centres.

The indicators highlight the heightened role of local centres and public space and emphasise the need to make Greater Sydney more equitable and connected.

Addressing urban heat includes an analysis of permeable surfaces across the catchments of Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney Performance Indicators

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Implementing the district plans

District plans are being implemented by councils across Greater Sydney through a process that will lead to updates of their Local Environmental Plans.

An LSPS assurance process led by the Commission has meant State agencies are working closely with councils to progress implementation.

The Pulse of Greater Sydney 2020 includes the status of the new District Plan Action reporting for 2019-2020 and expanded and updated indicators. 

Implementing the district plans

Acknowledgement of Country
The Greater Sydney Commission acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands that include Greater Sydney and the living culture of these lands. The Commission recognises that the traditional owners have occupied and cared for this Country over countless generations and celebrates their continuing contribution to the life of Greater Sydney.