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Transforming Sydney into three cities

By Andrea Lo, CNN

Updated 9:22 PM ET, Thu April 12, 2018
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The Greater Sydney Commission has announced a radical plan to divide the Australian city into three: the Eastern Harbour City, Central River City and Western Parkland City. TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images
Currently, most of Sydney's knowledge-based jobs are located in the eastern Central Business District. PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
Bondi Beach is also located in the crowded eastern part of Sydney. The Greater Sydney Commission hopes to lure residents away from this region, by creating more housing, better transport links, and increased job opportunities in the wider region. Ian Waldie/Getty Images
The median price of a house in Sydney is $914,000, while the national median price is $630,000, as of December 2017. Prices are highest around the harbor, encouraging residents to move further out of the city. Hamilton Lund/VisitNSW
The split aims to address problems such as a population explosion, sky-high housing prices, overcrowded schools, long commutes and a lack of infrastructure. Traffic towards Sydney Harbour Bridge is pictured. David Rogers/Getty Images
Eastern Harbour City will encompass the eastern part of the present-day Sydney, which is where the Central Business District, as well as major landmarks, are located. PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
Meanwhile, to its west will stand the Central River City. This is where Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney with a population of just under 26,000, is located. This suburban town is widely recognized as the city's second central business district. Under the plans, this area will be grown. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
A third city, Western Parkland City, will be established in the far west. This is where the Western Sydney Airport will open in 2026. The commission envisions that Western Parkland City, currently an area associated with the underprivileged, will transform into an "aerotropolis" with new housing and employment opportunities. Sydney Airport is pictured here. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images
How will the ambitious plan work out? The plan will be rolled out over the next 20 to 40 years, and implementation involves multiple layers of government. GREG WOOD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images