Share burden, ease pain
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.