Liverpool ready to tackle housing shortage

16 May 2017

Mayor Wendy Waller today welcomed Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement that the Federal Government is prepared to reward councils taking on Sydney’s housing shortage.

“Liverpool is ready to grow, ready to do everything we can to see more affordable housing available. We are processing development applications faster than ever before,” Mayor Waller said.

“In fact, what we need now is action from the State and Federal Government to unlock Liverpool’s potential.

“We are still waiting on NSW Government approval of our new LEP for the city centre which will transform the CBD. Under this LEP Liverpool will be able to build 7,000 units close to transport. Council is already talking to four developers about major residential projects that are held up by the new LEP.

“Of course, getting the transport infrastructure right is vital and, again, we need the NSW Government to commit to extending the Metro line from Bankstown to Liverpool.

“It would enable us to offer higher density residential development along a railway line specifically built to get people to their workplaces faster.

“I look forward to hearing the detailed proposal on money to be made available to councils who are able to fast track rezoning and approvals for housing. Liverpool can meet the challenge.”

Council is also working on strategic plans for Warwick Farm and Moorebank, looking at how it can unlock the potential in these suburbs. When the upgrade of Bernera Road is complete, it will support the 8,200 homes set to be built in the new suburb of Edmondson Park over the next 10 years.

“The Greater Sydney Commission has given us a target of 8250 homes in the next five years and we are already working towards meeting and exceeding it,” Mayor Waller said.

“We’ve also reformed our approvals process to allow low-risk developments, like family homes, to be approved online in as little as 24 hours.

“Local Government has a role to play in increasing housing supply, but so does the State Government. Better transport infrastructure is vital to support the burgeoning population in the south west of Sydney.”