Have Your Say for the Future of Sydney

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By Nathan Li

For those who know and don’t know, I am studying a Bachelor of Planning in Macquarie University. Plan what you wonder? I usually joke that I plan parties and weddings.

But in fact, my course involves the planning of infrastructure, facilities and amenities as well as governance for built, natural and social environments that all of us live in.

Confusing? Simply put, my designated profession, by and large, can designate the present and future of our living conditions.

The NSW Government has just released the new draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney today. And I urge all of you to take a look at this comprehensive blueprint for Sydney over the next 20 years.

Boring and not relevant you think? Let me change your mind.

The new Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney continues to centre on economic growth by providing an additional 545,000 new homes and 625,000 new jobs by 2031.

What that means for you as a university student living in Sydney can not be ignored.

For commerce students, a larger population with more homes and more jobs represents greater economic opportunities in a bigger market – but is it deliverable?

Science students who are intrigued by how things work, does the new plan ensure environmental sustainability in the globally changing climate?

For students studying human sciences, in our increasingly multicultural metropolis, are the differing needs of the diverse individuals and groups well catered by the new plan?

Arts students! Government funding to arts education is already being reduced. Please make sure that the new strategy has a place for the vibrant creative industries.

After all, we would want to know about the future of transportation, public space and housing in this beautiful city that we all love to hate (or hate to love) right?

Have a look and have your say here: http://strategies.planning.nsw.gov.au/MetropolitanStrategyforSydney.aspx