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Revised Draft North District Plan

The revised draft North District Plan provides a 20-year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40-year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future.

80 Productivity

80 Productivity Planning Priority N13 Supporting growth of targeted industry sectors In giving effect to the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, this Planning Priority delivers on Objective 24: Economic sectors are targeted for success and the corresponding strategies. The draft Greater Sydney Region Plan highlights the importance and role of the NSW Government in leading the development and coordination of sectorspecific industry development strategies to grow and globally position key sectors of the economy. These sectors are important in fostering innovation in the development of highly-skilled jobs which drive productivity and global competitiveness. The strategies build on and leverage existing industry and government activities and plans, and focus on delivering high impact practical initiatives to drive sector growth through industry, academia and government collaboration. The draft Greater Sydney Region Plan outlines the strategies to support industry sectors. They cover the areas of: • industry skills and capacity building • investment attraction • export growth and facilitation • industry showcasing and promotion • opportunities through government procurement • government and industry partnerships. To support these strategies, Objective 24 of the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan emphasises the need to work with internationally competitive trade sectors to identify the barriers to growth, including regulatory barriers. The draft Greater Sydney Region Plan also identifies key economic sector for Greater Sydney’s three cities. The North District is part of the Eastern Harbour City where the key economic sectors include: • financial and professional services (including insurance and superannuation) • creative industries • information, communication and technology (including cyber security) • construction and infrastructure • health and medical technology • tertiary education • visitor economy. The North District also includes part of the Metropolitan Rural Area, where agricultural processing and export is a key economic sector. This Planning Priority reinforces the need to: • support the growth of internationally competitive industry sectors • respond to changing technologies • plan for tourism and visitation activities • protect and support rural industries. Tourism The tourism and visitor economy contributes significantly to the District’s economy. Approximately 1.8 million visitors stayed overnight in the District in 2015–2016, 82 per cent of which were domestic visitors. Visitors spend .56 billion each year on accommodation, hospitality, entertainment and leisure.12 The North District has a high rate of overnight visitors and expenditure, second only to the Eastern City District. The tourism and the visitor economy provides a significant contribution to productivity in the District, supporting jobs and businesses. Attractions include: • world-class locations on the north shore of Sydney Harbour including Luna Park, Taronga Zoo and views to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan

81 • stunning beaches and national parks such as Palm Beach, Lane Cove National Park, Ku-ringgai Chase National Park, Marramarra National Park, Berowra Valley National Park, Garigal National Park, the Great North Walk and the Hawkesbury River • parkland destinations such as Bradfield Park, Clifton Gardens and Fagan Park • retail centres such as Chatswood and Macquarie Centre • significant historic sites such as Quarantine Station at Manly and Barrenjoey Head. Weekend and night markets, events and festivals (such as food and wine shows, Vivid in Chatswood, Manly Jazz Festival, Northern Beaches Music Festival, Narrabeen Lakes Festival, and Granny Smith Festival Eastwood) attract visitors, promote the District’s lively centres, and contribute to the local economy. Centres such as Manly, Chatswood Kirribilli, Crows Nest and Dee Why also provide vibrant and popular night-time economies. Manly also benefits from its ferry connections to the Harbour CBD. The recently announced pedestrian and cycleway from Palm Beach to Manly will provide further tourism opportunities. Improving public transport will support tourists and visitors to access significant natural, cultural and commercial tourist assets. Walking and cycling trails could expand tourism to destinations such as Manly, Palm Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lane Cove River and National Park, Middle Harbour and Pittwater. Weekend and night markets, events and festivals attract visitors, promote lively centres and contribute to local economies. Encouraging tourism in natural areas must ensure the environment is protected. Tourism must be culturally appropriate and respect the District’s Aboriginal and European heritage. A comprehensive tourism strategy for the District could identify local, national and international tourism markets, and the infrastructure needed to support economic growth, including improved public transport services and walking and cycling routes to facilitate accessibility in key tourist corridors and to significant destinations. Greater Sydney Commission | Draft North District Plan