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05 February 2019

The most liveable region of Australia – northern Sydney

The northern Sydney region is set to become the most liveable region in Australia, with eight proactive councils joining a landmark conference to map a path to success.

For the first time, over 90 councillors, mayors and senior staff from northern Sydney councils will hear from experts and government representatives on Thursday (February 7) to lay foundations for smart planning, creative cultural infrastructure and dynamic open space.

The Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) conference will include non-profits, experts, politicians, shadow ministers and senior government representatives to gain a diverse and rich view of what it takes to be the most liveable region of Australia – and how to make it happen.

NSROC President and Willoughby City Council Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney will open the conference.

“With a squeeze on space and conflicting demands, NSROC has been proactive in moulding the region into the most enviable and liveable region in Australia,” Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

“Affordable housing, open space, sports facilitates and an environment that supports healthy lifestyles all contribute to liveability,” she said.

Councils will explore arts and cultural infrastructure, recreational and open space, healthy lifestyles, housing affordability and building equity, transport, smart precincts, planning and sustainability.

Speakers include the Department of Planning & Environment, Create NSW, Greater Sydney Commission, National Heart Foundation, Ernst & Young, Shelter NSW and SGS Economics and Planning.

Minister Anthony Roberts will be a keynote speaker. The Premier will be the closing speaker.

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