Regarding public transport, what is the solution to Sydney’s housing affordability crisis?

  Ethan1395 Train Controller

Location: An OSCar H Set
It’s pretty much common sense that Sydney is suffering a housing affordability crisis, but what is the solution? Or at least for this topic, what is the solution regarding public transport?

Should we be looking at faster medium speed rail (forget HSR) to allow people living further away to commute to Sydney?

Could be a possible solution but wouldn’t solve the issue of car dependency in the outer areas, potentially leading to the inability to provide enough parking at stations for the commuted, as is already seen on the intercity network at stations like Gosford and Thirroul.

There is also the issue of unregulated employers knowing the addresses of applicants, even though someone can theoretically commute to Sydney in a reasonable amount of time, their job applications may be rejected in favour of locals who are wealth enough to live in Sydney.

Should we be building new infrastructure in secondary non-capital cities, such as public transport, to generate an expanded labour market, as well as making these places a more attractive place to live? Taking away the problem of Sydney altogether?

It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that NSW is a state with 800,642 km² with only ONE liveable city, it’s no wonder we have an affordability crisis!

The only problem is that currently the only other cities large enough for such infrastructure are Wollongong and Newcastle, and they are close to Sydney (especially Wollongong) so it doesn’t spread the population much, but it would be a start.

Albury, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, and Coffs Harbour would be better location Le for this infrastructure geographically speaking, but they don’t have the populations to support it.

Should we be reviewing the way Sydney’s public transportation infrastructure is built so it encourages densification and infill?

Current Sydney infrastructure for the outer ‘cheaper’ suburbs is based on and constructed to support urban sprawl and park & ride (meaning car dependency), projects like the South West Rail Link and the Northwest Metro are built with lengthy station spacing and large car parks (which are never big enough, has anyone here tried parking a car at Holsworthy?).

Sydney needs public transport projects that encourage densification and infill, not urban sprawl and car dependency.
Residents need to be able to easily walk to a statin since no matter how big you make the commuter car park, it won’t be enough until the point where the resources used to construct the car park would be better used building more public transport.

But would this be enough to solve the housing affordability crisis? even with Sydney being more dense and walkable, there would still be the issue of 800,642 km² of land and ONE liveable city.

What are your thoughts, and what is the solution?

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  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Issue 1 - almost all migration is into the big city. Partly because of existing migrant communities; partly because of job opportunities; partly because Sydney has the best facilities and infrastructure.

To me, the beginning point needs to be finding a way to encourage (direct) migration into smaller cities - you mention Wagga and a few coastal cities. Let’s add in Orange Dubbo Tamworth Armidale.

Issue 2 - Apart from insisting that migrants settle in certain cities (which is unfashionable against certain views of civil liberties, although was practised in years gone by), government needs to create job opportunities and facilities in the regional cities. Decentralisation has been attempted in the past, albeit in a half-hearted way (example being “let’s put Depart of Agriculture in Orange”. Half hearted because the key decisions were still being made in offices in Sydney.

Investing in facilities (health, education, utilities) would also assist. However, the big city interests resist on the basis that it cannot be afforded against the needs of the city.

Issue 3 - The other point to hear in mind is that major political decisions are made by Sydney residents (by sheer weight of voter numbers), whose interests are actually served by residential unaffordability. Who doesn’t like the value of their house rising every year?

Ask Harry Triguboff about developing in the regions. You need to be an (unelected) visionary to push through policies of this type. We have none in politics.
  ANR Chief Commissioner

There is no solution.

So long as State and Federal governments undermine the future of regional areas by diverting regional budget allocations to their wealthy city electorates, by continuing on with the unbelievablly pathetic and backward MDB Plan (?), by cutting hospital services, health and public transport, why would anyone be someplace else? Especially, when there is a new stadium under construction.

Why would migrants want to go to and settle in outback and regional Australia?