Call for 30 per cent of Sydney Olympic Park to be set aside for Affordable Housing

800px-Affordable_housing.jpgA coalition of sixteen civil society organisations from NSW have co-signed a submission to NSW Government calling for 30 per cent of residential floor-space in Sydney Olympic Park to be set aside for affordable housing.

The submission, which was coordinated by the Sydney Alliance and written by Shelter NSW, says this target would lead to the construction of around 3,200 new affordable housing dwellings in the precinct.

The submission also says the State Government has failed to implement its own commitment to meet the shortfall in affordable housing in Sydney, as set out in its A Plan for Growing Sydney policy.

Drop in the Ocean

Sydney Alliance Lead Organiser David Barrow today said the Master Plan for Sydney Olympic Park contained a target for 3 per cent of dwellings to be affordable housing, which equated to approximately 180 homes.

“Three per cent is better than nothing, but given the enormous level of pressure on the Sydney housing market, particularly through the city’s middle ring, it’s barely a drop in the ocean.

“The State Government has failed to establish planning controls for nearby precincts such as Carter Street, Lidcombe and Wentworth Point to require affordable-housing contributions.

“If the State Government is serious about housing tackling affordability then it simply must adopt a more aggressive approach.”

David Barrow said Sydney Olympic Park provided a perfect opportunity to provide much-needed new affordable housing stock in a location close to employment, civic infrastructure and transport options.

Social Mix

“A 30 per cent component of affordable housing in Sydney Olympic Park would make a significant contribution to social mix in the precinct, and to increasing access to affordable housing in Sydney’s West Central district.”

Signatories to the joint submission include:

  • Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
  • Uniting Church Synod of NSW & ACT
  • Baptist Churches Association NSW & ACT
  • NSW Muslim Women's Association
  • National Zakat Foundation
  • Jewish House
  • Y Foundations
  • Vinnies
  • Churches Housing
  • Shelter NSW
  • Inner South West Community Development Organisation
  • Uniting
  • CatholicCare Sydney
  • Parramatta Climate Action Group
  • National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), NSW Branch
  • Marist Youth Care
  • Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), NSW Branch
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