Aerial shot of housing estate next to a motorway.
  • Population growth of 1 million by 2036 (representing 60% of Sydney’s population growth).
  • 400,000 additional dwellings in the Greater Western Sydney region.
  • 58.2% of the people living in transport disadvantaged areas are located in Western Sydney.
  • Transport costs are the third largest items in household budgets after housing and food; 15% of household income in Sydney.
  • The cost of Sydney’s traffic congestion is expected to rise from $4.6 billion a year to $7.8 billion a year in over the next decade.
Challenge - population growth:

The projected population growth has profound implications for infrastructure needs, both social infrastructure and transport infrastructure:

  • Even with 70% of Sydney’s projected population growth in existing suburbs and 30% in greenfield developments, pressure on infrastructure, particularly transport, will be immense;
  • Sydney’s $1.5 billion a year peri-urban agriculture industry will be further threatened;
  • Western Sydney’s carbon footprint and threats to the region’s biodiversity by land clearing, habitat fragmentation and degradation will increase; and
  • Air quality will decrease through  motor vehicle and industry pollution within the region as well as circulation of airborne pollution from elsewhere in Sydney.
Planning - key policy priorities (state and federal):
  • A more integrated approach to land use planning which incorporates residential developments with commercial and industrial employment-generating developments.
  • Policies to protect prime agricultural land.
  • Government support to prevent unacceptable time lags between population growth and the provision of social and transport infrastructure.
  • Funding to assist with much-needed urban renewal projects to accommodate the rapid population growth.
  • Federal Government funding for renovating key employment and industrial centres close to sources of skilled labour.
  • Release of strategically placed Commonwealth land to support employment growth and housing near public transport hubs.
  • Programs to assist with protecting biodiversity threatened by urban sprawl.
  • Support for flood mitigation measures in the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley.

For more information visit our Reports and Submissions pages.
Submission on the draft metropolitan strategy for Sydney, June 2013
WSROC Response: Sydney over the next 20 years, June 2012