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Lack of collaboration on transport and housing plans

Lack of collaboration on transport and housing plans The City of Canterbury Bankstown has lodged submissions to Transport for NSW and Greater Sydney Commission, regarding the Future Transport Strategy 2056, and the Draft Greater Sydney Region and South District Plans. No  

The City of Canterbury Bankstown has lodged submissions to Transport for NSW and Greater Sydney Commission, regarding the Future Transport Strategy 2056, and the Draft Greater Sydney Region and South District Plans.

Mayor Khal Asfour accused the NSW Government of not practising what it preaches.

"Here are another three important plans that significantly impact our residents, yet we haven’t been consulted by Transport for NSW in their development," Mayor Asfour said.

"They say all levels of Government should work together, and we want that, but the NSW Government just doesn’t follow through with action. We should be working together to develop a world-class transport network for Canterbury-Bankstown.

"We also need to be a part of discussions on how we are expected to accommodate up to 70 per cent of the expected population growth for the South District, over the next 20 years.

"We know our residents and we know better than anyone what they want, need and deserve in terms of a high-functioning City."

The Mayor claimed the Government continues to dodge Council’s suggestion to underground the railway stations at Bankstown and Punchbowl.

"It makes perfect sense for linking to Liverpool, Kogarah, Parramatta, the new Western Sydney Airport and beyond, not to mention finally uniting the southern and northern ends of the Bankstown CBD," Mayor Asfour said.

"These three plans also need to focus on our City’s severely congested roads, including the widening of Stacey Street and duplication of Henry Lawson Drive.

"Of course none of this can be achieved without the backing of the NSW Government, which we just simply don’t have.

"We’ve raised our concerns with Transport for NSW over and over again, and now the Greater Sydney Commission. You would think they would discuss their major plans with each other but it seems that’s not the case."

The main issues Council has raised in its submission to the GSC include:

  • Clarifying the percentage of new dwellings Canterbury-Bankstown must accommodate in the 20-year target;
  • The need for increased infrastructure to support centres and urban renewal corridors; 
  • The urgency to coordinate a whole-of-government approach; 
  • Identifying land and acquisition sites for schools, hospitals and expanded health/aged care services, and how this will be funded; 
  • The delivery of quality open spaces and parks across the City, including a firm commitment from Transport for NSW to deliver the linear park along the railway line, as part of the Sydney Metro; and 
  • Having the NSW Government review the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, to address concerns regarding the location of boarding houses.

Mayor Asfour said the Government could also start showing it’s genuinely interested in assisting Canterbury-Bankstown, by agreeing to fund the updating of its Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

"We’re ready to go and the Government needs to cough up the $2.5 million it’s previously promised for each of the first 10 councils which apply," he said.

 19/12/2017 10:07 AM