Social Infrastructure
Greater Sydney Commission
2019 - 2020

Services Delivered:

  • Strategy & Policy
  • Project Definition & Planning 
  • Governance Establishment 
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Key Outcomes

Our Advisors’ work provided additional capacity and insights for GSC and local governance groups and has been used to:

  • strengthen local stakeholder relationships
  • improve interfaces between government agencies
  • evaluate the collaboration area program and emerging governance frameworks
  • inform the 2019 ‘Partnerships and Place’ paper by GSC, and
  • prepare annual status reports for collaboration areas in 2019 and 2020.

The Project

Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) launched Collaboration Areas in 2017 to address complex city-making issues through better agency co-ordination and collaboration. Over a 2 year period, multiple organisations that influence city planning and infrastructure worked on Place Strategies, which sets out a 20-year vision and place-based priorities for each Collaboration Area. In 2019, ConnellGriffin was appointed to report on progress made since Place Strategies were released and to help the GSC evaluate the emerging local governance structures.


GSC wanted to help local governance groups to transition from strategic visioning to implementation and ConnellGriffin was appointed to provide governance advice, program evaluation and annual reporting.


The 2018/2019 Place Strategies recognised that empowered local governance groups would be key to implement shared priorities and joint actions, but that local governance structures did not yet exist to pursue all of the actions identified for Collaboration Areas.

By 2019, several core local governance groups were emerging but their reporting framework and capacity to report on progress was limited. To explore how some of the groups might transition from strategic planning to implementation, GSC sought support from ConnellGriffin for program evaluation and reporting.

Our Services

ConnellGriffin was appointed to help the GSC evaluate emerging local governance structures and provide a reporting template and capacity for local governance groups or councils to highlight progress and barriers to outcomes.

The services provided by ConnellGriffin included:

  • program reporting and evaluation
  • advice on emerging local governance structures
  • support for local governance groups and GSC with transition from visioning to implementation
  • sharing governance insights and interfaces between government agencies, and
  • facilitating workshops and presentations to group members and agencies.

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