Australia must change if it is to stop building soulless suburbs devoid of character and even jobs. And this argument comes from a surprising place.
Australian cities are at risk of becoming the “ghettoes of tomorrow”, new construction suburbs lacking facilities and jobs.
Perhaps surprisingly this is not the conclusion of nearby residents fearing the arrival of new roads at their doorstep, or even local parliamentarians, but one of Australia’s biggest developers that Responsible for many new homes and apartment blocks in the country.
An executive from Mirvac, which builds everything from shopping centers to apartment blocks, commented on Thursday at the Boomtown Western Sydney Infrastructure Summit, held at Sydney Olympic Park.
Speakers at the conference were asked about the impact of poor development in Sydney and other cities and how the industry’s reputation can be improved.
It was not difficult to find an example. The summit is just moments away from the site The Opal Tower that was infamously vacated on Christmas Eve 2018,
About 300 residents were forced to leave the 36-story tower after an internal wall collapsed, causing a loud “bang” and the building to shake.
The luxury high-rise, with 392 apartments priced between $800,000 and $2.5 million, opened just four months ago.
The Opel Mirwak was not a development. But it has felt the impact of the Pavilion residential development around it, which has no structural problems, is struggling Shift all your new units Some buyers left this area.
Mirvac’s integrated investment portfolio chief Campbell Hanan told Summit that there were “many different styles of developer,” but that Mirvac focused on developments that created “legacy.”
Ultimately, he said, the community demanded better during the planning process, which would also lead to suburbs and developments that were more “curated.”
“You can see many different parts of cities where the experience of that period hasn’t worked out,” he said.
Simply dumping a shopping center and a few coffee shops in the middle of a new suburb gave little thought to any of the other amenities.
“Often you have too much money for retail and not enough for other services,” Mr. Hanan said.
“For the first time in Australia we have this new concept of comprehensive panning results.
“It’s a really tempting opportunity to make sure we don’t create the ghettos of tomorrow.”
This new way of renting – where you contract with a large property firm rather than a private landlord – comes with being able to keep pets and being able to poke holes and paint in walls. As long as rent is paid, tenants can stay as long as they want.
But these privileges may cost more than renting a standard flat elsewhere.
Christopher Brown, president of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, which organized the summit, told news.com.au that “good planning design” was essential to avoid inadvertently creating future ghettos.
“We need to ensure that we do not put these places where there is no transport.
“That we don’t get another generation of people in the suburbs without trees, trains and jobs.”
Mr. Brown said a new suburb can’t just be tall buildings and not much else.
“You have the parks, the facilities, the theaters that go with it. You have to invest in your cities.”
New Western Sydney Stadium announced
NSW Premier Dominic Perrot kicked off the boomtown summit by announcing a $300m plan to demolish and rebuild the Penrith Panthers football stadium in the west of the city.
“Penrith Stadium hosts matches for less than two weeks per year.
“The new Penrith Stadium will be a sports and entertainment complex electrifying the West throughout the year.”
Premier also announced that IT giant Microsoft will be a partner in the state’s first Institute of Applied Technology.
Working with higher education institutions UTS and Macquarie University, the institution located within the $154 million Meadowbank Education frontier, will help university students gain technical skills with organizations including Microsoft.
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese also spoke at the summit. He criticized the NSW government for defects found in foreign-built ferries and trams, and said the vehicles should have been made in Australia.