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Consult Australia has welcomed discussion on removing building height restrictions in Sydney but has called for greater responsibility in implementing any change. The organisation stressed the need for this exemption to occur in an environment focussed on good urban design, effective community engagement and integrated strategic planning.

While Consult Australia supports efforts by Planning Minister Rob Stokes to review building height restrictions in key urban centres, NSW State Manager Matthew Trigg cautions against those calling for height for its own sake. Stating that there is a huge amount of expertise available in Australia and internationally for delivering quality urban environments and world-class architecture, he said it should not be forsaken in the rush to deliver the next big thing.

Trigg commented that all major stakeholders must display leadership to ensure urban development meets and exceeds expectations. He observed that this leadership was recently seen in Liverpool where leading cross-disciplinary design teams from across Sydney submitted cutting-edge visions for the future of the Liverpool Georges River Precinct as part of a public competition.

Trigg explains that the competition proposals transform old industrial Liverpool into a vibrant people-centric city that puts the Georges River on the map as a global hub for biomedical research, education and biotech start-ups supported by sought-after liveable, sustainable, local communities.

The Five Project Proposals, submitted by participants in Consult Australia’s FutureNet Business Leaders Course can be considered in detail, and votes cast by visiting the project page.