Fairfield MP Guy Zangari hits out at 'unfair' housing targets

Concerned: Shadow Minister for Planning Tania Mihailuk with Fairfield MP Guy Zangari, Labor candidate for Mulgoa, Todd Carney  and Prospect MP Hugh McDermott.
Concerned: Shadow Minister for Planning Tania Mihailuk with Fairfield MP Guy Zangari, Labor candidate for Mulgoa, Todd Carney and Prospect MP Hugh McDermott.

Fairfield MP Guy Zangari has hit out at the state governments “unfair” housing supply targets describing it as a “mess”.

Mr Zangari recently met with Shadow Minister for Planning Tania Mihailuk, Prospect MP Hugh McDermott and  Labor candidate for Mulgoa, Todd Carney to confirm a Labor government will be directing the Greater Sydney Commission to revise housing supply targets across the city.

The individual Local Government Area housing targets are: Penrith (6600), Blacktown (13,950), Fairfield (3050) and Liverpool (8250).

At the same time, Hunters Hill is expected to take only 150 new dwellings over five years and Mosman 300.

“This government has had eight years to improve our city instead planning is a mess and communities in south-west Sydney are being pressured to accept unreasonable levels of development, it’s pretty clear that under Premier Gladys Berejiklian people and communities come last,” Mr Zangari said.

A spokesman for Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts said the housing targets published in the district plans were developed in consultation with the local councils.

“...and are a reflection of what is happening locally in terms of what housing is in the pipeline or already under construction,” the spokesman said.

“Housing targets vary from area to area for a variety of reasons, including the size of the local government area, the amount of available land, the existing density levels, average dwelling occupancy rates and market conditions.

“Access to green open space is critical for communities to thrive and we are working hard to put local character at the heart of everything we do.”

Earlier this month the government allocated $150 million for new and improved parklands across Sydney which includes a planned upgrade to the 8.5-hectare Carrawood Oval.

Ms Mihailuk said the premier is presiding over a planning regime in NSW that “puts developers first” – at the expense of communities.

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

Meanwhile, a post exhibition report summarising the detail of community feedback will be presented in a report to council following the end of the feedback period for possible development and urbanisation of the Fairfield Rural Lands. 

Council developed five options for Horsley Park and Cecil Park following the state and federal governments’ identification of the Fairfield Rural Lands as part of an investigation area for possible future urban development.

“The submissions from the community consultation regarding these options will inform council in representing the community’s best interests during further discussions with state and federal government departments,” a Fairfield Council spokesman said.

  • Story updated with individual LGA housing figures.