I am delighted to present the South District Plan, which sets out planning priorities and actions for improving the quality of life for residents as the District grows and changes.
The Plan recognises that the District's natural waterways and bushland are great assets and attractors, sustaining and supporting a diverse and multicultural community and bringing visitors from Greater Sydney and beyond. We know that as the South District accommodates a growing population, the Sydney Metro City & Southwest rail system will reinforce its connections to the Harbour CBD.
Collaboration is the key to transparent and informed decision-making on our city's future growth. The Greater Sydney Commission will continue to bring together all parties with an interest in the District's future and channel the collective energy into improved planning outcomes.
By taking a leadership role, we are bringing together public resources and expertise to create a more liveable, productive and sustainable city.
We will continue advocating for effective infrastructure to keep pace with population growth and demographic changes such as increases in the number of children and frail aged in the community. We will be supporting the coordination of government activity and delivery - transport, infrastructure, land use, housing, health, education, heritage and environment. We will continue working positively with the private sector and councils to make sure the South District is liveable and prosperous.
Finally, on behalf of the Greater Sydney Commission, I acknowledge the important work of councils whose submissions and feedback on the needs of their neighbourhoods and centres have been invaluable. Together with community and other stakeholders, your expertise and interest have helped to produce an inspiring and practical plan.