Share bur­den, ease pain

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

Syd­ney is large and wide­spread enough that it should be able to cope with a rea­son­able level of in­creased hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

De­vel­op­ment across all of Syd­ney’s sub­urbs would mean only rel­a­tively small pop­u­la­tion in­creases for each in­di­vid­ual zone. It would also mean gen­er­alised, and there­fore more eas­ily dealt with, dif­fi­cul­ties aris­ing from con­struc­tion.

But de­vel­op­ment is not spread evenly. Not even close. In­stead it is hugely con­cen­trated in Western Syd­ney.

Par­ra­matta, for ex­am­ple, signed off on 2305 ap­pli­ca­tions for houses or units in just five months to Novem­ber 2018. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, Mos­man had just seven.

Some ar­eas are clearly not car­ry­ing their share, and those ar­eas are not in the west.

As so­cial de­mog­ra­pher Mark McCrindle points out, those liv­ing in Syd­ney’s richer sub­urbs have noth­ing at all to gain from de­vel­op­ment, and are “try­ing to pre­serve what they have’’. Fair enough. But they could at least pitch in just a lit­tle to help out their fel­low Syd­neysiders.

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