I’ve recently found myself lying awake at night, and this insomnia has nothing to do with the usual worries swirling around my head: job security, the myriad educational choices presented to my children, or the fortunes of the Wallabies in a World Cup year.

Rather, I’ve been staring at the ceiling pondering the city-defining opportunities Sydney is at risk of missing through being overly bureaucratic and small-minded in its outlook. Visionary planning of Sydney’s second airport and the Bays Precinct could make Sydney one of the most well-planned cities in the world, but are…