Business Sydney

GCC Briefing | The Six Cities Region Discussion Paper | with Geoff Roberts AM

Chief Commissioner, Greater Cities Commission

Monday, 12 December 2022

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (including morning tea)



Urbis Offices



Sydney First Members & Guests

The six cities region is planned to accelerate the economic growth for the region, as well as for New South Wales. The shift will create a globally competitive city region that has the scale to provide better jobs, housing, education, health and lifestyle opportunities for everyone.

The Six Cities Discussion Paper was released in September by the Greater Cities Commission. It outlines the plan to build Australia’s only truly global city region: Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City, Central Coast City, Illawarra-Shoalhaven City, Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City.

At this morning tea, the GCC Chief Commissioner, Geoff Roberts AM, outlined to Business Sydney members and guests the Six Cities Region Discussion Paper and the vision before the GCC finalise the six cities region plan in 2023. After his presentation, Princess Ventura, Regional Director NSW, Urbis, facilitated a Q&A with Geoff to further explore the GCC plan.

Download the CGG Six Cities Region Discussion Paper here.


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Special Guest


Chief Commssioner, Greater Cities Commission

Geoff Roberts AM was appointed as Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission in April 2020. Prior to this, Mr Roberts served as the Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner from late 2015.

He has 35 years of experience in Australia and internationally working on city strategy, governance and leadership. Over his career, Mr Roberts has been involved on behalf of governments and the private sector, in the key economic challenges and opportunities facing cities. He has a deep history in decision-making around the delivery of integrated land use and infrastructure programs.

Mr Roberts led the negotiation of the Western Sydney City Deal on behalf of the NSW Government and played a pivotal role in this tri-government agreement reached in March 2018 between the Australian Government, the eight councils of the Western City and the NSW Government.

In February 2019, Mr Roberts was appointed as a member of the board of the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority. He also served as Chief Coordinator of the Western City from May 2018 until November 2019.

The NSW Government, in November 2019, appointed Mr Roberts as Head of Global Relationships for NSW Treasury. He supported the delivery of international trade and investment strategy and enables a focused, collaborative and proactive approach across the government when engaging with top-tier investors both foreign and domestic. In April 2021, Mr Roberts became the Chief Investment Officer for Investment NSW, the state’s newly formed agency driving new business, jobs and tourism for NSW.

In June 2019, Mr Roberts was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to urban planning and development. He also was the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Planning Champion for 2019 and in September 2019 was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Western Sydney University in recognition of his work at the Commission.

Mr Roberts currently holds an Adjunct Professorship position in the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. He is a passionate practitioner of collaboration and a regular public speaker.



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