Connected

Development of this dataset will explore other ways to measure related elements of residents’ experience of public transport including travel experience, destinations and purpose of travel, as well as examination of the reliability, capacity and accessibility of timetabled services. 

Metropolitan and strategic centres 

Centres vary in size and role depending on their activity mix, scale and location. The Six City Region Plan will include a four-level hierarchy of centres – metropolitan, regional city, strategic and local centres. 

Metropolitan centres provide a concentration of knowledge jobs and a wide range of goods and services. The metropolitan centres of Greater Sydney comprise the Harbour CBD (which includes North Sydney CBD), Greater Parramatta and the Western City metropolitan cluster of Liverpool, Greater Penrith, Campbelltown–Macarthur and the planned Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis. The metropolitan centres for the Six City region also include Newcastle, Wollongong, Liverpool, Campbelltown-Macarthur, Gosford and Macquarie Park. 

Strategic centres provide intensity of activity. These include retail, commercial, office and community facilities, cultural venues and events. They are all are serviced by utilities, public transport, education and health infrastructure.

Dwelling locations

Dwellings located within 30 minutes of a Metropolitan Centre by walking or public transport (6am – 10am) 2023

In 2023, 65% of dwellings in the Six Cities Region are located such that residents had access to a timetabled public transport service that arrived within 30 minutes at a metropolitan centre during the morning peak between 6–10 am. In the Eastern Harbour City, 75% of dwellings are located such that residents can access a metropolitan centre by public transport in 30 minutes. In the Western Parkland City and and Central River City this is approximately 73%. In the Illawarra-Shoalhaven City, Central Coast City and Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City these proportions are 44%, 39% and 33% respectively.

Dwellings located within 30 minutes of a Strategic or Metropolitan Centre by walking or public transport (6am – 10am) 2023 

When strategic centres are also included in the tool, 94% of dwellings in the Six Cities Region are located with access to a timetabled public transport service in 2023 that arrived within 30 minutes during the morning peak between 6–10am. This includes dwellings where people can walk to the centre within 30 minutes. Notably, the Western Parkland City, at 86%, has the lowest capability for 30-minute access to a metropolitan or strategic centre using current infrastructure and services.