Business Sydney is focused on advancing Sydney as a City of Opportunity – a place to invest, work, live and visit.
Our 2021 advocacy programme addresses four areas of focus:
Enabling and encouraging capital investment through public and private means to build a range of infrastructure, facilitate existing and start-up business growth, and transforming into a more sustainable resilient economy.
Creating precincts to foster jobs of the future with better transport links to reduce travel times and raise productivity. Sydney needs places for high-tech industries, and to grow into a smarter learning city where education is both accessible and world-class.
To make Sydney more liveable requires careful, thoughtful planning to provide affordable and appropriate housing options with access to open spaces that are served by efficient and affordable transport. It must include low cost options for key workers to live close enough to their jobs and we need to find solutions for the growing homelessness.
Rebuilding and growing our key economic driver of tourism is critical. This requires a diverse and inclusive array of things to do during the day and after dark. Sydney needs a greater choice of things to do at night and the infrastructure to enable it. This requires planning and coordination from all levels of government, business and the community.
As a global city Sydney must provide world leading opportunities to invest, work, live and visit. By fostering and facilitating these opportunities, Sydney can be the leading destination for both business, leisure and liveability.
Driving improvements in transport infrastructure, we have strongly supported the Sydney Metro project including the extension to Bankstown and the CBD Light Rail completion to Kingsford, as well as the building of the Metro West Rail incorporating a station at Pyrmont to facilitate the development of the Pyrmont Peninsular and Western Harbour Precinct.
We continue to have input into the planning and development of other important precincts including the Tech Central project to build the knowledge economy, the Circular Quay precinct redevelopment revolving around tourism and business, and advocate key changes to The Rocks and Macquarie Street East.
The Sydney Central Business District accounts for near twenty-four percent of the State’s economy and our collaboration with the city and state government to revitalise and reshape this key precinct remains a high priority.
There also remains a significant opportunity to create a diverse, vibrant and inclusive 24-hour economy across Sydney. From changing regulations, enhancing the planning framework, capitalising on changes in behaviour and improving safety and connectivity we are working across industry and government to bring Sydney to life, day and night.