The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Project Sydney - MATTHEW BENNS

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

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