Economic Development in the NSROC region

Northern Sydney in a great place to do business and our councils are here to encourage and support all businesses to flourish.  Our region consists of large CBDs such as North Sydney, Chatswood, Ryde and Hornsby. Plus specialist areas such as Macquarie Park and a vast array of smaller retail and commercial centres.


  • Contribute to the economic performance and success of the region as well as the Metropolitan Area through its role in the “global arc” and promoting businesses that meet the needs of our communities. Particular priority will be given to:  a) promoting knowledge based businesses that diversify the economic base and support the emergence of new commerce in the region;  b) protecting the viability of the rural economy and agricultural industry within the region.
  •  Support a Commercial Centres hierarchy comprising neighbourhood centres, villages, town centres and major centres with clearly defi ned roles, appropriate land uses and established relationships between centres in the sub-region as well as within the metropolitan region.
  • Development is not to occur unless the proponent contributes to the cost or physical provision of community facilities, public services, transport, infrastructure, environmental works and any other requirements that are made necessary by the proposed development.
  • Appropriately located and serviced employment lands for industry, retail and commercial office use will be protected from changes of use to other land uses in order to meet the future job growth needs of the region and in the context of the regions role in the metropolitan region. Furthermore, rezoning of additional land for employment generating purposes is only to occur if the viability of existing local and regional employment areas are protected, and no other existing zoned land is available.

NSROC has also indentified the following economic strategic issues:

  • The importance of Macquarie Park as a major employment and business destination and how itsrole can complement other centres in “global arc”. Issues include: · Importance of transforming Macquarie Park from a car dependent location to an urban centre with other public transport use; . Ensuring the completion of the Parramatta-Chatswood Rail link
  • The future of industrial areas in the region and loss of the employment base in those areas from pressure to redevelop for residential or office uses.
  • Establishing a hierarchy of Centres that takes account of their competitive position against other centres, their distinctive functions and long term prosperity.
  • The future of Hornsby Town Centre and Ryde Town Centres as Major Centres for retail, office andcultural services at the crossroads of major transport corridors.

NSROC reflects these priorities in its lobbying and activities such as its submissions to the NSW Metropolitan Plan developments, the Federal Governments Cities of Cities Discussion Paper and the Sydney Regional Plan by Regional Development Australia -Sydney. (need hyperlinks)

Member councils have also engage in economic development activities and provide support officers:

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Ryde Economic Development Strategy 2009-2014[/ilink]