Global City vi­sion­ary los­ing hope

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPECIAL REPORT | THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNCILS -

THE man who came up with the idea of trans­form­ing the City of Syd­ney and Par­ra­matta into much larger Global Ci­ties to han­dle fu­ture growth is los­ing hope his vi­sion will be achieved.

Gra­ham San­som, the ar­chi­tect of the Global Ci­ties con­cept set out in his In­de­pen­dent Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Re­view Panel re­port, says the State Gov­ern­ment may be pre­pared to “set­tle for less”.

“I am not op­ti­mistic for a Global City …,” Pro­fes­sor San­som said. “IPART has given a tick to some­thing sig­nif­i­cantly less than a Global City even though it recog­nised the Rand­wick/Waverley merger doesn’t go far enough.

“But the in­di­ca­tions are, given what IPART has said, that the Gov­ern­ment will prob­a­bly set­tle for two or three merged coun­cils in that area.”

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