Thursday, 18 June 2015 14:57

State holds up housing supply in Western Sydney

Media release, June 18, 2015

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the NSW Government to help ease housing affordability by fast-tracking key infrastructure in Sydney’s West.

WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti said the North West and South West Growth Centres have capacity for around 200,000 extra dwellings, but councils can’t approve development until these areas have access to basic services such as water, electricity and sewerage.

“According to Regional Development Australia, Sydney needs to build at least 45,000 new homes per year to keep up with Western Sydney’s booming population. Currently we are only building 15,000 dwellings annually[i],” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Sydney is facing a housing crisis because there is not enough housing stock available.

“Prices go up when demand outstrips supply; it’s simple maths,” he said.

“NSW Planning has rezoned large pockets of land for residential development in Sydney’s West, but this isn’t always translating into more houses being built,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This is because State agencies aren’t prioritising the essential infrastructure needed for construction to begin,” he said.

“Councils are ready and waiting to approve new developments, but they simply can’t do that if the sites don’t have access to basic amenities,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Fit for the Future reforms are calling on local government to offer more efficient service delivery yet the State Government is failing to offer the most basic services – water and electricity – to its residents,” he said.

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[i] Regional Development Australia. (2013, August). Regional Plan for Sydney: 2013 – 2016. Available from:

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