New activities to encourage feedback on draft District Plans and Towards our Greater Sydney 2056

02 Feb 2017
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With submissions for draft District Plans open until the end of March, the Greater Sydney Commission is planning new engagement activities to encourage people to share their opinions and suggestions on planning Sydney’s future.

The Commission has been receiving formal submissions since releasing the six draft District Plans and our initial regional plan, Towards our Greater Sydney 2056 on 21 November 2016.

New engagement activities over the next two months are planned so that we encourage and receive formal submissions from all interested Greater Sydneysiders.

These activities will include District Dialogues, Live Online, Dialogue in a Box and new submission forms. Click on the links for information about:

District Dialogues – Facilitated workshops will give locals who register, invited community groups, and a representative selection of each district’s population an opportunity to workshop priorities and actions.

Live Online – from next week our weekly live online chat is where you can ask the Commission questions to help you lodge a formal submission.

Dialogue in a box – a toolkit designed to help you and a group of friends, family, neighbours, colleagues or members of an interest group to make a submission.

Online Submission Forms – There are two new ways to make online submissions: one short and sharp for people who are keen but don’t have much time; and the other, more detailed - likely best suited to expert groups and councils. These new forms will be in addition to the current open submission form.

Commission CEO Sarah Hill said input from individuals and groups into the draft Plans is vital.

“We had great interest from individuals and groups at sessions held in late November and early December last year, which gave people the opportunity to talk to Commissioners or Commission staff about what is proposed for their district and why,” Sarah said.

“Now we are encouraging people to participate in our new engagement activities to make a formal submission.

“With your feedback we can further develop District Plans and prepare a new regional plan that are truly informed by the views, suggestions and input of all Greater Sydneysiders.”