GRAND PLAN FOR FAMILY LIVING
SYDNEYSIDERS will be regularly living with their grandparents and children under one roof within the next 15 years, thanks to the city’s booming population.
“Multi-generational living is the way of the future,” NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said.
The number of people in NSW is expected to jump by almost 30 per cent to just under 10 million in the next 20 years.
The scale of the change has been revealed in new analysis by state government demographers. Today the online tool they designed to show changes to people and places across the state has been made available to the public.
It draws on the NSW government’s predictions for the future which tell us that over the next 20 years the biggest increase in people is not down to immigration but people simply living longer. People retiring now were born in the 1950s when the average male expected to live to 67 — today the average male life expectancy is over 80.
“The 65-plus age group for NSW will increase by 67 per cent — in some parts of Sydney it’s much higher than that,” Mr Roberts said.
“While that’s testament to our healthcare services and more healthy and active lifestyles keeping people living longer, it certainly shapes the next 20 years and defines what services we will need.”
Already, young people are increasingly living in apartments close to the city, while older generations are in freestanding homes in the suburbs.
Mr Roberts said that left a gap for a new type of housing for the state’s growing population. “What’s missing are the low-rise medium-sized homes, like terraces, dual occupancies and townhouses. This gap in our housing market has become known as the ‘Missing Middle’,” he said.
“Now and in the future for our kids, for our parents and for our grandparents, we need to diversify housing.
“Well-designed medium density is how we will accommodate multi-generations living under one roof.”
The department’s new People and Places website allows you to look at suburbs and predict, for example, that the southwest including Campbelltown and Liverpool will be the fastest growing suburbs with the population growing by more than 50 per cent and that people living alone will top a million. The data shows an extra 2.2 million people in the state by 2036.
Greater Sydney Commission chief executive Sarah Hill said research showed Sydneysiders were not against growth but wanted reassurance the right infrastructure was being