We need to build cities that are made for access if Sydney is to remain a globally competitive city. Right now we are building train stations for transport but not for people. In the 3 metro lines under construction, of 33 stations only 10 have any city planning and only 6 have provision for residential.
“The Premier is on the right track, we know people want to live and work close to transport, so building higher density housing near a new railway station is a no brainer if we are to fix the housing supply and affordability crisis in NSW.” said Steve Mann, CEO, UDIA NSW.
As an added bonus, it results in a lower carbon footprint, walkable places and better work life balance.
Metro West is a crucial central spine linking the three cities of Sydney and our two airports over time. It alone has the potential to provide the 160,000 new homes needed to accommodate the population growth anticipated in that area in the next 20 years.
Currently West Metro has only 9 stations and it could easily manage a few more. The best example was the proposed station for Camellia which can accommodate 20,000 homes with the right alignment north of Rosehill Gardens and there is still time to deliver this now, if the project continues.
The development industry already contributes to funding infrastructure, such as water, power, sewer roads and industry can extend this to train stations but only where housing and transport are planned and delivered together.
UDIA NSW urges the Government to seize the opportunity that Metro West provides, to dramatically increase housing supply for Sydney’s west and in this way, deliver the Government’s Commitment of 314,000 new homes in NSW as part of the National Housing Accord.
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or firstname.lastname@example.org