The Minister for Planning and Infrastructure has announced he will work with the Transport Minister to ensure public transport in Harold Park and Ashmore is increased in response to my call for both Ministers to work together to ensure high-quality public transport for urban renewal sites.
Urban renewal is a sustainable solution to Sydney's population growth but practical transport is vital to make it work.
A 2010 report for the Department of Planning and Infrastructure found that increasing development in greenfield areas rather than city urban renewal will cost $5 billion. Development on the city fringe also impacts on our food basin through loss of arable land.
Done well - with good design and essential infrastructure, especially transport, community facilities and open space - urban renewal can provide for liveable and sustainable communities.
The City is committed to meeting State Government housing targets by focusing responsible development in former industrial sites that we have identified for urban renewal (such as Ashmore, Green Square, Harold Park and Carlton United Brewery site), while protecting historic suburbs such as Glebe, Erskineville, Chippendale and Surry Hills.
The City is currently considering development proposals for Ashmore and Harold Park. Both sites have access to public transport, but residents are concerned about the capacity to serve the new population and they are concerned about traffic and parking impacts. They say during peak periods, buses and trains are full, and local road networks are at capacity.