Friday, 27 August, 2021


The University's Professor Roberta Ryan was appointed the Independent Community Commissioner for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes in May.

Today, she released her report into the impacts of planning and development on small landowners living in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, and recommendations to Government for a fair and equitable way forward.

She met with more than 100 landowners across the Aerotropolis to understand more about their concerns and experiences, and a common theme she heard was a high level of distress caused by uncertainty and poor communication.

Many feel the rezoning of their land has dramatically reduced the value of their property – which may be their only asset. For others, the rezoning has increased their land value and their local council rates have sky-rocketed into the tens-of-thousands-of-dollars that few can afford.

Professor Ryan's report comprises 40 recommendations to the NSW Government to address three key areas:

  • Improving communication and engagement with the community
  • Focusing on specific landowner impacts
  • Establishing robust mechanisms within Government for ongoing support.

Download the overview and the full report which include the Government's initial response.

Professor Ryan's role as the Community Commissioner has been extended to oversee the implementation of my recommendations and to continue to advocate for small landowners in the Aerotropolis.