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Metropolitan context of the Central City District

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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

A Metropolis of Three Cities the region plan for Greater Sydney 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 - Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City. This vision seeks to rebalance the economic and social opportunities and deliver a more equitable Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney's three cities reach across five districts: Western City District, Central City District, Eastern City District, North District and South District.

The Central City District is the central and major component of the Central River City. The Central City District will grow substantially, capitalising on its location close to the geographic centre of Greater Sydney. Unprecedented public and private investment is contributing to new transport and other infrastructure leading to major transformation.

Greater Parramatta - the metropolitan centre - is the core of the Central River City and Central City District. Its economy is centred on world-class health, education and research institutions as well as finance, business services and administration. Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) - taking in the Westmead health and education precinct; advanced technology and urban services in Camellia, Rydalmere, Silverwater and Auburn; and the Sydney Olympic Park lifestyle precinct - will be supported by the Parramatta Light Rail and Sydney Metro West.

Sydney Metro Northwest will improve the growth prospects for the north west of the District.

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Infrastructure and collaboration

Major transport, health and education investments are underway across the District.

Using a collaborative approach, the growth infrastructure compact pilot at GPOP will assess growth scenarios that best align land use, infrastructure investment and community benefits.


Central City District will be the fastest growing District over the next 20 years with demand for an additional 207,500 dwellings. This will be provided through urban renewal, land release and infill development.

The focus of growth will be on well-connected walkable places that build on local strengths and deliver quality public places.


Urban renewal of GPOP will be transformative, capitalising on its location close to the geographic centre of Greater Sydney, and radial connections to Macquarie Park, Harbour CBD, Bankstown, Liverpool, Western Sydney Airport and Blacktown.

The Central City District has substantial areas of industrial and urban services land. The transition from traditional industries to advanced manufacturing will boost productivity.


An integrated approach to the green infrastructure of the District - waterways, bushland, urban tree canopy and open spaces - will improve sustainability.

The Greater Sydney Green Grid will provide cool, green links and a network of high quality open spaces to support waking, cycling and community access to open space.