Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:28

Infrastructure first, housing second says WSROC

Greenfield development on the edge of Sydney. Greenfield development on the edge of Sydney.

Media release, 16 May, 2018

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to hold back on development in areas where infrastructure is not coping with demand.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said, “Growth is going to happen, but it is important to ask where it is most appropriate.

“We need to ensure we are prioritising sustainable growth. Growth that is supported by state infrastructure such as roads, drainage, parks, community centres and public transport,” he said.

“That means planning and budgeting for infrastructure first, and allocating growth second.

“Infrastructure helps build liveable cities. If infrastructure can’t be delivered in a particular location, we need to acknowledge that, and limit residential development accordingly.

“We shouldn’t wait for a crisis situation to respond to these challenges,” said Cr Bali.

“The strain seen in Ryde and Canterbury – Bankstown is also seen in many other areas of Sydney, and particularly Western Sydney.

“Western Sydney is the primary growth area for the Sydney basin with over 1 million people anticipated to move in within the next 20 years.

Current infrastructure spending is not keeping up with population growth and therefore creating a massive backlog,” said Cr Bali.

“It is sad that we are still talking about planning for major projects such as the North South Rail Link and M9 orbital without any dedicated funding source. Housing is being built now, and hundreds of thousands of residents are already feeling the strain.

“We encourage the Government to work more closely with councils and the Greater Sydney Commission to ensure development proposals matches infrastructure spending before we reach crisis point.

“WSROC will be eager to see what investments will be announced through the state budget next month to accommodate the rapid growth in Western Sydney," he said.



Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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