From the Commissioner

Headshot of North District Commissioner Dr Deborah Dearing

The North District is one of the loveliest areas of Greater Sydney and Australia. It offers outstanding beaches and bushland, from the coastline suburbs between Manly and Palm Beach to leafy areas such as Lane Cove, Wahroonga and Beecroft. It is rich in natural and Aboriginal heritage and, along with urban heritage areas such as Crows Nest, Castlecrag and Hunters Hill, we are given insights into the District’s past.

The Eastern Economic Corridor looms large as the most productive corridor in the region. Beginning in the north west, it seamlessly connects the District to the wealth and jobs of the Harbour CBD. Many people want to enjoy this lifestyle while living within reach of a diversity of world-leading workplaces.

Like the rest of Greater Sydney, the population will grow and demographics will change over the next 20 years. By ensuring that new and enhanced infrastructure including transport, hospitals and schools, keeps pace with population changes, current and future residents will benefit. We need to ensure that new development delivers quality urban places for people.

We know that many people struggle with congestion, and while we will gain easier and quicker access to strategic centres from road and rail investments such as Sydney Metro and NorthConnex, I want us to work together to provide good access, including walking and safe cycling, to schools, shops and workplaces as well as our District’s bushland and waterways.

This draft District Plan is part of a conversation between all of us who live and work here, about how we can come together to create the District we aspire to. I’m eager for as many people as possible to get involved as we finalise the Plan. It’s an important step in helping to shape the decisions that will drive the District’s future.

Dr Deborah Dearing
North District Commissioner