Local Councils Must Step Up to Support Sydney's Growth

The launch of Directions for a Greater Sydney 2017-2056  by the Greater Sydney Commission provides the stark reality that Sydney’s local councils have a significant role to play in ensuring Sydney can meet its growth targets over the next 40 years.
The Sydney Business Chamber’s Executive Director Patricia Forsythe, said, “The Report has identified an annual target of 36,250 dwellings to be added to the stock of housing each and every year and none of that can be achieved unless local councils stop debating growth targets or density and get on with approvals.”
“The Report makes it clear that local councils have an important role in supporting Sydney’s growth.
“The Greater Sydney Commission has given Sydney the best chance to achieve whole-of-city planning but the reality is that council Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) have to support growth.”
“The Draft District Plans’ five year housing supply targets for each local government area is a step toward addressing local councils’ reluctance in many areas of Sydney to properly address housing supply,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Director David Borger said he welcomed the Report’s acknowledgement of the importance of Sydney Metro West as a way to connect Sydney’s two major CBDs, providing better access to jobs in these precincts.
“It is good to see the Greater Sydney Commission supporting the need for this crucial piece of infrastructure as it will help address the public transport challenges of Sydney Olympic Park and the Greater Parramatta to the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP).  
“The creation of the Western Sydney aerotropolis at Badgerys Creek is something the Chamber has long advocated for and we are pleased today’s Report recognises the role an aerotropolis will play in creating a strong economy in trade, logistics, advanced manufacturing, tourism and jobs.
“The Chamber also welcomes the Report’s focus on ‘strategic centres’ where jobs will spread economic benefits across Greater Sydney, including at Westmead Hospital, Barangaroo, and the Bays Precinct,” Mr Borger said.

Kylie Adoranti

Public Affairs Manager

0450 784 616
Kylie handles media relations for the Sydney Business Chamber and the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney. With a keen interest in politics and communications coupled with her background in journalism, Kylie aims to strengthen relationships with journalists and to expand the awareness of the Chamber's priorities and projects.