The vision for Greater Sydney as Metropolis of Three Cities – the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City – seeks to deliver a more productive region. This will be achieved by driving opportunities for investment, business and jobs growth; supporting economic diversity; supporting internationally competitive industry sectors; and rebalancing the region’s eastern economic focus so that all three cities benefit from growth.
The urban structure to support A Metropolis of Three Cities needs to ensure people have access to a large number and range of jobs and services delivering a well connected city – a 30-minute city.
A well-connected Greater Sydney will contribute to productivity by improving efficiency in supply chains and reducing business costs; increasing access to markets; enhancing access to large numbers of skilled workers; and enhancing business-to-business interactions.
Metropolitan and strategic centres provide 50 per cent of all Greater Sydney’s jobs and therefore play a significant role in providing jobs close to home. When larger local centres are considered, this increases to 68 per cent. Facilitating the growth of new metropolitan, strategic and local centres will be an important outcome in growing jobs.
The South District forms part of the Eastern Harbour City.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights, the Kogarah health and education precinct and the health and education facilities at Sutherland, Hurstville and Bankstown are home to the District’s largest concentrations of knowledge-intensive jobs.
While recent jobs growth has been predominately in the health and education industry sector, population-serving industries like retail and construction are also key drivers of the South District’s economy, providing 36 per cent of jobs. Population-serving jobs are concentrated at Bankstown, Campsie, Hurstville, Miranda and Sutherland (refer to Figure 14 and Figure 15).
Increasing the number of jobs in health and education and population-serving industries is particularly important as the District’s historically strong industrial base is in decline. As industry transitions from manufacturing to professional, high-tech, scientific and creative industries, and ancillary distribution and warehousing, locations for local urban services must also be protected.
The District includes large tracts of industrial and urban services land in the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Area and at Kurnell. In addition, many smaller tracts of industrial and urban services provide cost-effective locations for industry and jobs.