Property Council hails announcement of Central River City Program Coordination Office

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the announcement of a Central River City Program Coordination Office to work within the Department of Planning’s Planning Delivery Unit (PDU).

Property Council of Australia’s Western Sydney Director Ross Grove said the Coordination Office would take a particular interest in the local government areas of Parramatta, Cumberland and Strathfield.

“This is an area of half a million residents which is flagged for significant infrastructure and growth,” Mr Grove said.

“All too often the challenges faced by industry in this region are not the fault of one department or local council, but a lack of coordination and responsiveness from other agencies with their own finger in the planning pie.

“As a former Councillor I know the Greater Parramatta area extends beyond superficial council borders, and the inclusion of Cumberland and Strathfield in this space will benefit all stakeholders.”

Mr Grove congratulated newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Planning Infrastructure and Environment Kiersten Fishburn on the initiative.

“Her strong background in local government has made her the ultimate trouble shooter in untangling jammed-up processes that span more than one agency. Our future economic recovery is dependent on a robust and effective assessment framework and we look forward to working with her team in making the most of the region’s potential.”

The Central River City was established as a part of the Greater Sydney Commission’s A Metropolis of Three Cities – the plan that established a vision for Sydney where most residents live within 30 minutes of their jobs, education and health services.

The Central River City runs from the Hills in the north, through to Parramatta, Westmead and Sydney Olympic Park, down to Hurstville via Canterbury Bankstown and hosts nearly one-third of Sydneysiders and over the next 20 years will accommodate more than half of the city’s projected population growth.

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