Bryony Cooper is the Executive Manager of the City of Sydney’s Access and Transport Unit, responsible for transport policy development, transport planning and the promotion of walking and cycling. The unit works closely with internal and external stakeholders to realise an accessible city which offers high levels of mobility and amenity.
Bryony has some 25 years experience in multi-modal transport planning, predominantly focused on large and complex urban areas, recognising the fundamental need to consider both land use and transport together to effect sustainable and liveable cities. Bryony’s work has included strategic urban planning, major transit infrastructure development, behavioural programs and project implementation. She understands the importance of sound planning and defensible decision making at a strategic level for successful project implementation in line with objectives.
Sydney is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a diverse population featuring a rich history, internationally-recognised tourist attractions and an exciting calendar of events. The City of Sydney is the local government authority responsible for the city centre and more than 30 suburbs within our boundaries.
In 2007, we asked residents and businesses what they wanted to see happen over the next 20 years and beyond. The result is a collective vision for Sydney’s future development called Sustainable Sydney 2030, which will make Sydney a green, global and connected city. The City is fast becoming a leading environmental performer and our sustainability plan guides what we do – sustainable development is not just about the physical environment but it is also about fostering Sydney’s economy, society and culture into our plans.
The area we look after covers just over 26 square kilometres extending from Sydney Harbour at Rushcutters Bay, to Glebe and Annandale in the west, from Sydney Park and Rosebery in the south to Centennial Park and Paddington in the east.
We provide services for more than 200,000 residents and 20,000 businesses, as well as the daily influx of workers and visitors into the City. On any given day, the local population swells to more than 1 million with people commuting, doing business, shopping, playing, studying, or here to see the sights of Sydney.