Conversations with the Minister series: Connecting communities

| April 26, 2017

Housing affordability is one of the most important issues affecting our society. NSW Minister for Planning, Housing, and Special Minister of State, the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, lays out the State government’s strategy for a well-planned and connected community.

Residents of NSW should be able to age at home, if they wish, live close to families and friends and travel easily to work, education and social activities.

This is why the government is addressing one of the most important issues affecting our community, economy and global standing with a considered plan for housing affordability.

We want the cities and communities in NSW to be recognised globally as well planned cities that come in all shapes and sizes.

Connecting communities through record construction and investment levels

  • With a record 22-billion-dollar pipeline of residential construction underway or 78,400 homes, this unprecedented activity is double any other time in the State’s history.
  • We are taking advantage of our unprecedented investment – 73.3 billion over the next four years – in transport infrastructure.
  • The government is working with industry, local councils and their communities on ways to make owning a home closer to every person’s reality.
  • The government’s major investments in transport also provide an opportunity to look at how we can provide more homes along these modernised transport corridors.

Strategic planning and corridor strategies

  • A Plan for Growing Sydney is our 20-year overarching plan for the greater metropolitan area, creating the Greater Sydney Commission that will implement it.
  • The plan outlines how we’ll create the 725,000 new homes we’ll need by 2036, how we’ll provide the conditions for jobs growth, how we’ll create places that people will enjoy living in and how we’ll protect our spectacular natural environment.
  • We also have a Precinct Support Scheme that provides funding for councils to spend on new or upgraded infrastructure in priority precincts. We allocated an extra $40 million to the scheme in the 2016-2017 budget.
  • Recently the Department sought community feedback on how up to $15 million could be spent as part of the planning for three Sydney Metro Northwest precincts.
  • This government also has a framework of corridor strategies. These enable councils and government agencies to prioritise and co-ordinate future land-use changes with the delivery of supporting infrastructure

We want to hear from you

A well-planned and connected community drives innovation and productivity developing a strong social fabric at its core.

Housing Affordability Online Consultation:

Q: What can be done to improve housing affordability?