Media release: LGNSW welcomes key changes to GSC’s District Plans for Sydney

27 October 2017

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) welcomed changes to the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) District Plans, released yesterday, which say new developments must be supported by infrastructure as a top priority.

LGNSW President Keith Rhoades said the provision and funding of infrastructure is the greatest challenge for those councils facing forecasts of booming population for the next two decades.

“We’ve heard a lot about housing targets, but housing alone will not solve the problem, and we’re pleased the Greater Sydney Commission has listened,” Clr Rhoades said.

“More housing will only work if it’s supported by more infrastructure at the same time – we need more schools, transport, childcare, health centres, and open space to meet demand.  

“These State Government plans have at last recognised that land use plans must be supported by infrastructure plans. And this is included as a measure of the GSC’s success.

“The need for integrated infrastructure planning has been talked about for decades, but this new direction by the GSC gives our sector hope that it might actually be delivered.

“The test will be how the Government acts and what happens on the ground.”

Clr Keith Rhoades said the commitment to integrate land use and infrastructure transport plans by the GSC must be adopted now in other areas like Priority Precincts.

“Communities are worried about the intensity of growth in local areas as a result of Priority Precincts and aggressive housing targets, and are demanding the infrastructure those communities need.

“Growth needs to be supported by infrastructure delivery; infrastructure that is there when communities need it.”


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