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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has questioned the Greater Sydney Commission’s
proposed housing targets.
Administrator Richard Colley said the targets set for Canterbury-Bankstown are
ambitious at best.
“13,250 new dwellings over five years equates to the construction of seven a day,” Mr
“There is no explanation of how this figure was arrived at. It’s also unachievable without
upfront infrastructure support from the NSW Government.
“Unfortunately, there is no reference to how, or if, this is to occur, in either the Greater
Sydney Commission’s plans or the Government’s amended Metropolitan Plan.”
The housing target for Canterbury-Bankstown is higher than natural growth areas like
Camden (11,800) and almost as high as Blacktown (13,950). Both are in ‘greenfield’
areas and receiving significant Government-supported infrastructure improvements.
“The only new piece of infrastructure that could support growth in Canterbury-Bankstown
is the proposed Metro line from Sydenham to Bankstown, but that is not yet approved
and won’t be delivered within five years,” Mr Colley said.
“Further compounding this is the Government’s proposal to no longer regard Bankstown
and Bankstown Airport as ‘Strategic Centres’. This is likely to result in a further
reduction in Government infrastructure and funding support.
“There is also a lack of detail relating to supply of affordable housing throughout the
State. Sufficient, well located affordable housing is crucial in supporting a sustainable,
growing economy and a diverse, vibrant and inclusive Sydney.”
Councils and the community have until Friday 31 March to lodge submissions on the
relevant District Plan impacting their area. In Canterbury-Bankstown’s case, it is the
Draft South District Plan.
The City of Canterbury Bankstown’s submission can be found at
16/06/2017 4:22 PM