The policies of the last 30 years of government have manifested in a changed urban landscape; and a changed culture in Sydney and people are starting to wake up and realise that - Hey!! this is not cool - i can't get my kids into school, i can't get across town on the weekend without getting into a traffic jam, the hospitals are full and dont start talking about the cost of housing and how unaffordable it is!!
But Lucy Turnbull from the Greater Sydney Planning Commission says Sydney needs 725,000 new homes to support the predicted population growth and housing demand over the next 20 years - which will mean more change in the landscape and more people needing schools hospitals and their share of roads and train seats!
When a street evolves from being a row of fibro shacks to a series of residential apartment buildings there are bigger issues than the appearance changing.
Demands on infrastructure increase hugely and either go unserviced or addressed in a haphazard way. The profits made on the development is pocketed by the entrepeanaeurs who see a chance to capitalise on the crazy price of land and government is left holding the baby.
Government direction in how and where our city has developed has been very light on and limited to a reactionary response. Planning has not been taken seriously - glossy brochures on apartment design are lovely and have actually had an impact on improving the quality of design - however planners have had no real access to treasury - no real direction given to the big boys in transport (who continue to be awash in money being fed constantly to the private sector to build more and more roads); no major influences on budgets; no ability to change taxation laws so that housing is less of an investment for private interests and more of an essential requirement for families. This country and particularly this city of Sydney has always had major problems with big government and preferred the underbelly to feed on the soft pickings available to them but -- we have run out of space, we have run out of time - there needs to be a serious shake up of how development works in this city.
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