Feel free to imagine how you would feel if your city got to decide on becoming the world’s biggest city.

The international convention centre is pining after you.

The ANZ Centre would become room enough for the swimming pools and the basketball court.

The Fort Ocean Drive Hilton would transform into a hip entertainment district, with a roller disco in the basement.

It’s the name of Sydney’s “It” city.

The debate over your proposed development. Credit:James Brickwood

Like the IKEA IKEA in Stockholm, the heritage provision of the green zone would make the development unnecessary.

The smog is five days before the peak in Sydney.

Security across the city would become rosier and safer.

The new national airport would give 10m more people in the city access to the CBD.

And if we wanted a share of the spoils of the Fortune 500 we would have the MasterCard National Centre of Commerce, possibly near the Botanic Gardens.

For those who think Sydney’s status as the city with the best plan, why not clarify the city’s status by being the city with the biggest budget.

With 8.5 million people and 50,000 professional jobs – 130 companies are working in Sydney today – we should have:

• A 4.8 times Sydney size development fund

• $2 billion in well-funded infrastructure investment

• Airports and rail links to welcome the influx of visitors

• At least seven trains a day.

I know a lot of you feel like the people pushing this would be racist.

But we still have a decade to really create a world-class city.

We have $10 billion spent on Sydney Airport already – or $1.6 billion more than we need to develop the airport.

We have a government confident we are set for growth and this government knows where to invest our priorities to build the city we want.

This decision is about where to spend our future and if we focus on what works, it’s a case of focusing on the rewards.

The fact this decision is based on business models doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

Business models aren’t what drive growth in Australia.

We have more than a billion people who want to go somewhere, but don’t have a choice.

We don’t have the time, money or commitment to make our city a world-class city.

And it isn’t just for us that our destiny lies in our own hands.

Australia is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to our future.

We should have made that start and build Sydney 2020 in 2016.

We should have turned Sydney from a regional backwater into a multicultural centre of the world.

That’s exactly what we need and it’s a start for our 21st century development.