The city will overhaul the Great Australian Dream

Sydney in 10 years? The city will overhaul the Great Australian Dream.That is the message – ambitious, certainly; overly so, we’ll see – from senior figures in the Baird government responsible for helping determine where and how we will be living.“The Sydney of 2026 will have crossed over that magical Australian barrier of the love affair with the motor vehicle,” offers David Pitchford, the chief executive of government property agency UrbanGrowth NSW.

“We will have moved away from everybody having three cars, and we will have moved into a situation like most European capitals, where people under 25 don’t even have a driver’s licence,” says Pitchford.

“And the reason for that is that they don’t need it. Their city is designed so well that they can get around and interconnect without it.”

One of Pitchford’s bosses, the Planning Minister Rob Stokes, is also quite willing to place the Sydney of the near future in a new concept of the Great Australian Dream.

A student of the history of Sydney housing, Stokes sees the pattern of the city’s development for much of the past 70 years flowing from former Prime Minister Robert Menzies’ ideal of the Great Australian Dream as one of home ownership. In Sydney that ideal had a certain homogeneity of design and shape. The result, says Stokes, is what you see when you fly into and out of Kingsford Smith Airport. “You will see the acres and acres and acres of terracotta roofed detached homes in the suburbs,” Stokes says.

But the Sydney of the future, he says, will need to recognise that a homogeneity of options is not, and probably never was, an accurate reflection of the needs of the population. “My vision is certainly for us to see a much more varied and diverse and interesting mix of housing,” Stokes says.

Flying into Western Sydney Airport some time after 2026, therefore, Stokes says he’d like to see something a bit different. “Predominated by nothing in particular, but where we have the tools and capacity for different groups of Australians and different families to determine for themselves what the Great Australian Dream is to mean for them,” he says.

“We need a diversity of types, of titles and tenures if we are to bring new life into what I think is a timeless concept of the Great Australian Dream, which is about providing homes, about property not just being seen as a commodity to be traded.”

So how is this going to happen?

According to Stokes, the city’s future housing needs will be met in thirds. One-third will be built on the outer south-west and north-west fringes of the city. One-third of Sydney’s new housing will be peppered through the city’s existing suburbs. And one-third of the city’s future dwellings will be delivered in state-government led programs close to existing public transport.Source : Sydney ,Morning herald.housing

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