Labor promises to stop ‘rampant’ housing developments in Macarthur

Election promise: Shadow Minister for Planning Tania Mihailuk, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and NSW Labor candidate for Camden Sally Quinnell discuss development in the region.
Election promise: Shadow Minister for Planning Tania Mihailuk, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and NSW Labor candidate for Camden Sally Quinnell discuss development in the region.

Labor have promised to put a stop to rampant residential development in Macarthur if the party wins the state election in March.

Shadow minister for planning Tania Mihailuk, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and NSW Labor candidate for Camden Sally Quinnell have confirmed the party will direct the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) to revise unfair housing supply targets across the city, including Camden and Campbelltown.

Mr Warren said the current housing supply targets had seen councils across Camden and Campbelltown smothered by development while councils in the Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s backyard had not been allocated their fair share.

“This is not a case of saying ‘not in my backyard’ – it’s a case of saying what’s good enough for western Sydney is good enough for the rest of Sydney,” he said.

“The housing targets forced on Campbelltown and Camden will have a dramatic impact on both existing and future residents.

“Adding salt to the wounds is the fact that this state government flat out refuses to provide the adequate infrastructure needed to accommodate our rapidly expanding communities.”

Figures from the GSC district plans show that Hunters Hill is expected to take only 150 new dwellings over five years, while Camden Council’s target of 11,800 and Campbelltown Council’s target of 6800 exceeds this figure 78 and 45 times, respectively.

Camden Labor candidate Sally Quinnell said areas like Camden and Campbelltown had done “more than their fair share of heavy lifting in terms of new housing”.

“The state government believes it is okay to dump thousands of new residents in Camden without providing the necessary infrastructure,” she said.

“It’s not okay and Camden residents and a NSW Labor government will not stand idly by while the state government continue with its draconian planning policies.”

Ms Mihailuk said existing targets were deliberately disadvantaging some parts of Sydney, forcing them to bear the brunt of rampant residential development.

“The Premier is prepared to use the Greater Sydney Commission as a political football at the expense of a transparent, fair and proper planning system,” she said.

“We've got communities across western Sydney being clobbered with over-development, while communities in the Premier’s very own backyard are not accepting their fair share.”