A Metropolis of Three Cities

The Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities will rebalance growth and deliver its benefits more equally and equitably to residents across Greater Sydney.

Shady public square with café


Greater Sydney is Australia's global city; an economic powerhouse of 4.7 million people, endowed with the natural beauty of Sydney Harbour, bushland, beaches and the Blue Mountains. Greater Sydney's people have embraced this place for its opportunities and its potential.

The Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities is built on a vision of three cities where most residents live within 30 minutes of their jobs, education and health facilities, services and great places. This is consistent with the 10 Directions in Directions for a Greater Sydney. which establish the aspirations for the region over the next 40 years  and a measure of the Plan's performance.

To meet the needs of a growing and changing population, the Plan transformed Greater Sydney into a metropolis of three cities:

  • the Western Parkland City
  • the Central River City
  • the Eastern Harbour City.

The plan brought new thinking to land use and transport patterns to boost Greater Sydney's liveability, productivity and sustainability, by spreading the benefits of growth.

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Vision of A Metropolis of Three Cities
About the Plan
Past, present and future
Infrastructure and collaboration

Page 79: Figure 23 Proportion of jobs by type (2016 estimate) (image/png, 88.11 KB)
Page 80: Figure 24 Highest growing job sectors by percentage 1996-2016 (image/png, 28.13 KB)
Page 81: Figure 25 Journey to work by mode 2016 (image/png, 40.76 KB)
Page 81: Figure 26 Distribution of resident workforce 2016 (image/png, 544.44 KB)
Page 82: Figure 27 Sydney GDP compared to national sector GDPs (image/png, 65.4 KB)
Page 82: Figure 28 Sydney GDP international comparisons (image/png, 72.66 KB)
Page 92: Figure 29 Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Penninsula (GPOP) (image/png, 1.22 MB)
Page 97: Figure 30 Greater Sydney freight network vision (image/png, 492.72 KB)
Page 99: Figure 31 Regional connections (image/png, 372.37 KB)
Page 101: Figure 32 Innovation Corridor Harbour CBD (image/png, 1.72 MB)
Page 105: Figure 33 Greater Parramatta (image/png, 1.42 MB)
Page 110: Figure 34 Liverpool (image/png, 1.24 MB)
Page 111: Figure 35 Greater Penrith (image/png, 1.36 MB)
Page 112: Figure 36 Campbelltown-Macarthur (image/png, 1.51 MB)
Page 114: Figure 37 Health and education precincts (image/png, 1.66 MB)
Page 116: Figure 38 Maturity pathway for health and eduction precincts (image/png, 256.48 KB)
Page 117: Figure 39 Characteristics of selected health and education precincts (image/png, 533.98 KB)
Page 122: Table 04 Centre heirarchy (image/png, 548.46 KB)
Page 124: Figure 40 Metropolitan and strategic centres (image/png, 1.98 MB)
Page 132: Figure 41 Access to industrial land (image/png, 2.3 MB)
Page 134: Figure 42 Approaches to planning for industrial and urban services land in existing planned urban areas (image/png, 1.33 MB)

View of shops and traffic up Argyle St Camden