BRIEF 18 November 2009 – The City of Sydney has invited 12 of the city’s most powerful property firms, accounting for 60 per cent of CBD office space, into discussion over the city’s 2030 sustainability strategy. Speaking at the at the Property Council of Australia’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 report-back event, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was “encouraged” by the response, according to a report in The Australian Financial Review.

The announcement comes as the City of Sydney continues discussions with Valad Property Group over the redevelopment of Gold Fields Tower at 1 Alfred Street. Both parties are understood to be working towards a proposal focused on a taller tower and greater pedestrian space – a move that could see a strategic planning shift away from shorter, clustered towers, according to a report in the AFR.

– by Daniel Lavelle