Historic partnership between State Government and Sydney City
The State Government and the City of Sydney will enter into a new partnership.
Premier Kristina Keneally and Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore have agreed to work together in partnership to improve
and enhance Sydney’s CBD.
Later this year, Ms Keneally and Ms Moore will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to address:
• Public transport;
• Movement on laneways and streets – particularly George Street; and
• Planning issues such as pedestrian friendly areas and civic spaces.
The initiative is part of the State Government’s Metropolitan Transport Plan: Connecting the City of Cities – a 25
year-vision for land use planning for Sydney and a 10-year fully funded package of transport infrastructure for
Sydney and major regional centres.
Ms Keneally said: "This is about working together with the Lord Mayor to improve Australia’s only global city."
Sydney’s CBD is the head of the global city and the business and financial capital of Australia. It is also home to
residents and a place for work for thousands of people everyday
While Sydney is home to some 23,000 residents, CBD’s week-day population swells more than tenfold. Up to 500,000
people use the city streets as pedestrians each day.
It also supports 230,000 jobs and 30,000 students.
Sydney CBD is the biggest retail centre in Australia with nearly one million square metres of retail space.
Ms Keneally said there would be further announcements with Ms Moore.
Ms Moore said: "I welcome the commitment to expanding the light rail network as the best solution for inner Sydney.
"I have been in discussions with the Premier about the opportunity to immediately implement a number of Sustainable
Sydney 2030 transport projects, in order to secure Sydney's future development.
"Convenient, reliable and efficient public transport offering a real alternative to the private motor vehicle is
critical to reducing congestion, achieving green house gas emission cuts, ensuring sustainable economic and urban
development, making our city more liveable and improving public health.
"More than a million people travel around the City of Sydney LGA every weekday for work, shopping and entertainment.
"Sydney's productivity is a matter of national importance and our public transport system is essential in securing
Australia's economic future.
"Sydney's status as a global centre of business, retailing, tourism and the arts is inextricably linked to an
efficient public transport system," Ms Moore said.
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