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By 2030, 61,000 residents will be living in Green Square.
The City of Sydney has delivered on the tough housing targets set by the state government, and we are delivering on the high quality infrastructure and beautifully-designed facilities our growing community needs.
In 2017, we opened two new streets - lined with trees and separated cycleways that link Green Square to the Sydney CBD.
2018 will be a big year for Green Square - we'll be unveiling our Joynton Avenue Creative Centre (watch Councillor Thalis get a behind-the-scenes tour with Peter Stutchbury Architects, above), Green Square Library and Plaza and Waranara Early Education Centre. Construction will begin on our beautiful Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre. And, in partnership with the Department of Education, we'll also kick off the design process for our new school in Green Square. All of these facilities are designed with the community in mind - providing for what will become Australia's most densely populated suburb.
However, public transport is an unfolding crisis and we need the NSW Government to address this.
The existing transport network feeding the Green Square area will not cope if nothing is done.
Green Square West has a heavy rail station, but most development is in the north and east parts of Green Square - a 20 minute walk from the station.
Residents rely on overcrowded buses that are not coping with current demand, let alone future demand. One bus stop in Waterloo is used by more than six hundred passengers each morning.
We are calling on the NSW Government to include a stop at Green Square East as part of the Sydney West Metro project to increase heavy rail capacity, investigate light rail or rapid bus for Green Square (consistent with its listing in Infrastructure Australia’s high priority initiatives for NSW) and investigate other options such as east-west bus routes.
Roads in Green Square are heavily congested in the morning and afternoon peaks and in key times on the weekend when they are mostly gridlocked. The threat of 120,000 extra cars in our city due to WestConnex will also affect inner-city renewal areas like Green Square.
We have demonstrated the feasibility of light rail in Green Square and invested more than $40 million to purchase key properties on the Eastern Transit Corridor to pave the way for light rail. Despite Southern Sydney to CBD public transport nominated as a High Priority Initiative for Infrastructure Australia, the business case for this project is yet to be completed by the NSW Government.
The NSW Government is not moving fast enough to provide adequate public transport for Green Square and we stand ready to work with them.
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