Can Sydney’s infrastructure handle 61,000 new residents to its CBD?23 November 2015
From raw, industrial beginnings to the suburb tipped to be the most densely populated in Australia – Green Square in Sydney has become the source of much debate around whether Sydney’s infrastructure can handle a population of 61,000 residents by 2030.
Located south of Sydney’s CBD, the 278-hectare area is heading into a 15-year period of mass development, with 10,000 of the precinct’s eventual 30,500 dwellings currently under assessment or construction.
Local community group, Friends of Erskineville, has voiced frustration at the failure of authorities to keep pace with the infrastructure needs of the area. Earlier this year two major reports, commissioned by the NSW state government and obtained by the group using freedom of information laws, revealed numerous recommendations about the transport capacity of the area which had, at that time, not been acted on by authorities.
In a recent article published by the Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, noted the city was investing more than $540 million on new facilities for Green Square, and said the new figures highlighted the urgent need for new transport and schools.
According to Cr Moore: "The City has already invested $40 million to secure most of a transport corridor and we are now working with Transport for NSW to assess funding models, look at route options and undertake other work required to progress the development of a new network.”
"The NSW government has still not allocated any funding or revealed where the local primary and high schools will be located for tens of thousands of new residents in Green Square," Cr Moore said.
Transport and schooling aside, the growing Green Square community will also be in need of essential community services, like a library, swimming pool and community centre. A council spokesperson has said that before work on the library, pool and other parts of the town centre can go ahead, the council and Sydney Water must reach an agreement about major drainage works.
It’s said that these are, however, well underway.
Nevertheless, the stakes are high on this landmark development, and the demands on Sydney’s infrastructure – even higher.