The Hon Rob Stokes MP, was the guest speaker at a recent Sydney Financial Forum public event. The Minister gave a broad overview of the NSW planning agenda to a capacity audience of leaders from business, Parliament, unions and academia.

Mr Stokes spoke about the importance of governments applying both an economic and a planning framework when making long term decisions around population and community development. He said that many sub-optimal development outcomes of the past could be attributed to only viewing proposals through the lens of a financial business case. He also answered questions from the audience relating to managing competing stakeholders in planning decisions, the current scope of development in Sydney, long term planning for growth in regional areas, and planning for the impacts of environmental phenomena such as the current drought.

The Sydney Financial Forum is grateful to the Minister for making himself available to speak with our network of members. We also thank our hosts, EY, for their generous hospitality in providing the venue and lunch refreshments, and our event sponsors, First Sentier Investors, for their ongoing support.