Macquarie Fields MP says residents are fed up with overdevelopment

Anoulack Chanthivong with residents calling on the government to #StopTheSqueeze. Picture: Roma Dickins
Anoulack Chanthivong with residents calling on the government to #StopTheSqueeze. Picture: Roma Dickins

Macarthur residents are fed up with overdevelopment in Campbelltown.

That’s the message from Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong.

Mr Chanthivong has been running his ‘Stop the Squeeze’ campaign for months and has just received the results of a resident survey.

The MP said 98 per cent of the 2000 residents who responded to the survey reported they had had enough of development in their suburb.

“The results from these residents is emphatic and irrefutable,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“They have said it is important to retain green open space and suburban charm.”

Mr Chanthivong said the influx of developments – including new estates at Bardia and Edmondson Park and high-rise buildings around rail stations – threatened to destroy the true personality of the suburbs in his electorate.

He said residents had highlighted a number of issues which they found particularly worrying in their growing area.

“Their top three concerns are the loss of green space, traffic congestion and general overcrowding,” Mr Chanthivong said.

“We are already seeing the scars of overdevelopment in our car parks, our trains, schools and hospitals.

“The Liberal government can’t hide from these these results – they are facts and figures. They are clear and indisputable.”

Mr Chanthivong said the government needed to listen to the voices of the people in the Macquarie Fields electorate and put a stop to “rampant overdevelopment”.

“They need to listen to the community and not the developers,” he said.

Mr Chanthivong said he would deliver speeches in Parliament addressing the results of his survey.

He said a NSW Labor government would put the community first and focus on appropriate infrastructure before cramming more people and buildings into an already “overcrowded” region.

One of the respondents to Mr Chanthivong’s Stop the Squeeze survey said they were sick of “greedy developers” destroying the environment.

“Too many units are being built, too many housing developments with houses built on top of each other,” the resident said.

“What has happened to the backyard? There is no infrastructure and poor public transport.”

Another respondent was equally displeased.

“I can’t understand cramming more people into an area that is already under serviced,” the resident said.

“It seems the only people to benefit are the developers.”

Earlier this month NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said some areas of the state had reached their development limit.

“The challenge for government is to find that right balance and that's why it is important for us to prove what we call mixed housing opportunities, for extra new housing in areas which can obviously sustain that,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“But we also appreciate that some parts of greater Sydney in particular cannot handle extra development, and so a good government makes sure we get the right balance.''

When pressed, she would not state which suburbs were no longer appropriate for development.

“I'm not going to say,” she told Fairfax Media.

“Often that's a subjective view and people who live in those communities have views about that, and some others who have an objective view will think, 'Well that community can sustain it.'

“I don't want to list suburbs specifically but what I will say is this: we're a government that listens, we appreciate and respect that we need to get the balance right.”

Full results of the Stop the Squeeze survey are available at Mr Chanthivong’s website.

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