Our Submission to the Greater Sydney Commission

We would like your organisation to join the growing list of organisations from across Sydney in signing on to the Sydney Alliance Submission to the Greater Sydney Commission.

The Sydney Alliance has authored a submission to the Greater Sydney Commission Draft District Plans currently on public display until March 31st, 2017.  You can view the content of our submission here.

These plans will affect all of our children for generations.

As you have no doubt seen in the media, the issue of housing affordability is affecting all different parts of Sydney’s society; young and old, rich and poor; from Cowan to Katoomba to Heathcote.

The issue of housing is spilling out in many different ways -

  • Splitting families geographically and the effect on grand parenting and aging in place
  • Young people unable to move out of home
  • Financial pressure on Sydneysiders (and the effect this has on volunteering)
  • Workers unable to find housing close to their place of work
  • The exacerbation and pressure on crisis accommodation, domestic violence shelters and homelessness services

The effect of a disjointed public transport system and traffic congestion also exacerbate these pressures. 

The submission outlines how, the current plans' target to include a 5-10% inclusion of affordable housing on new developments, (subject to viability) is insufficient to tackle this issue.

This target is too low. We are inviting your organisation to join a vast array of organisations in calling for a higher target of 15% affordable housing on private land (30% on public land) and a globally recognised citizen-standard of public transport services.  Both of these recommendations are based on cities of comparable size around the world.

The Sydney Alliance is a community organising coalition. Not only will the Alliance be making our submission, but organising a significant gathering of organisations in April.

This assembly’s purpose is to demonstrate the broad and deep support for better planning targets for affordable housing and public transport.

We're asking can your organisation support the Alliance submission? By:

  1. Agreeing to have your group's name (and logo if available) be printed alongside the many other ‘supporting organisations’?

  2. Nominating an individual to be the contact point to coordinate participation in an assembly of supporting organisations?

If so, please send these details (name, logo, contact person), by email, to Dale Brown at dbrown@sydneyalliance.org.au as soon as possible (by March 29th at the latest!).

Organisations endorsing Sydney Alliance Submission

to the Greater Sydney Commission

As at March 23,  2017

Anglicare Sydney

Arab Council Australia

Baptist Association of NSW & ACT


Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

Good Shepherd - Hoxton Park

Holy Innocents - Croydon

Immaculate Heart of Mary – Sefton

Mater Dei - Blakehurst & St. Raphael – South Hurstville

St. Anne’s - Bondi Beach

St. Anthony's – Austral

St. Canice – Elizabeth Bay

St. Christopher’s - Panania

St. Fiacre’s – Leichhardt

St. Gabriel’s - Bexley & St. Mary MacKillop - Rockdale City

St. Joan of Arc - Haberfield

St. Joseph's - Newtown

St. Michael’s - Belfield

St. Patrick's - Bondi

St. Patrick’s - Revesby Heights

St. Peter Chanel Berala & St. Joseph South Auburn

St. Therese - Padstow

St. Vincent de Paul - Ashfield

South Western Deanery

Catholic Care Sydney

Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

Catholics In Coalition for Justice & Peace

Churches Housing

Community Migrant Resource Centre

Connect Church Engadine

Diversity and Disability Alliance

Freedom from Poverty

Housing Action Network

InCollaboration Pty Ltd

Jewish House

Lilli Pilli Public School P&C


Mission Australia

National Tertiary Education Union NSW

NSW Council for Pacific Communities

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association

National Zakat Foundation Australia

Rail, Tram and Bus Union

People with Disability Australia Incorporated

SSI - Settlement Services International

United Voice

Uniting Church Synod of NSW & ACT

Uniting NSW ACT

Uniting Mission & Education

Burwood-Croydon Uniting Church

Camden Uniting Church

Carlingford Uniting Church

Dee Why Uniting Church

Hope Uniting Church (Maroubra)

Gosford Uniting Church 

Leichhardt Uniting Church

Malvern Hill Uniting Church

Narara Mangrove Uniting Church

Northmead Uniting Church

South Sydney Uniting Church

St. David’s Uniting Church - Dee Why



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