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Boardroom Lunch with the hon. ROB STOKES MP

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and Minister for Transport and Roads

Monday, 22 November 2021

11:45 am - 1:15 pm



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Better flexibility for more jobs close to home!

The NSW Government is paving the way for more jobs closer to home through planning reforms to make it easier for businesses to set up, innovate and grow.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said today the system for identifying land for commercial and industrial activities had been simplified to provide more certainty, flexibility and support for businesses and their employees.

“The way businesses operate is evolving and that’s been accelerated by the pandemic. We’ve seen how agile and innovative they can be as they’ve found new ways to reach customers and support their communities,” Mr Stokes said.

“Our planning system needs to do the same. We’ve overhauled the employment zones to make it easier for businesses to set up and expand their operations and to compete in the global economy.”

The reforms cut the number of employment zones from 12 to five core zones, with changes to better reflect the way businesses use land, providing better access for their customers and employees.

“Fewer zones that permit more uses mean more investment, less red tape, and better job opportunities closer to home for local communities,” Mr Stokes said.

“This gives certainty to business, councils and the community about what can be built on land across NSW.”

On 22nd November 2021,  Business Sydney held a lunch with senior business leaders and the Minister. Topics discussed included industrial lands review, Employment Land Zones Reform, free public transport for the CBD, plans to unlock more swimming spots, playgrounds across Sydney to name a few.

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Special Guest

The Hon. Rob Stokes MP

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and Minister for Transport and Roads

Rob is the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, where he is focused on promoting development throughout NSW that improves people's lives into the future, as well as protecting, restoring and building our State’s public spaces and parklands.

Rob is an environmental lawyer and has read sustainable urban development at Oxford and completed a PhD in planning law under a Commonwealth Scholarship. 

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