No fixed government funding for community infrastructure in Bardwell Park, Turrella and Riverwood priority precincts

High-rise on way: Areas on both sides of Riverwood station are set to change dramatically as the priority precinct is rolled out. Picture: John Veage

High-rise on way: Areas on both sides of Riverwood station are set to change dramatically as the priority precinct is rolled out. Picture: John Veage

The state government will not commit to specific funding for community infrastructure in new priority precincts at Bardwell Park, Turrella and Riverwood.

Councils and developers will be left to bear most of the cost of new and upgraded facilities for thousands of extra residents.

The government’s approach has changed since it declared  Arncliffe and Banksia priority precincts and trumpeted it would contribute $10 million for new infrastructure.

Workshops were held where residents could make suggestions.

Up in the air: Department maps with faint yellow circles around stations indicate 400 metre and 800 metres walking distances, with precinct boundaries not yet decided.

Up in the air: Department maps with faint yellow circles around stations indicate 400 metre and 800 metres walking distances, with precinct boundaries not yet decided.

Material released on the latest precincts makes no mention of funding assistance.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Planning and Environment told the Leader the department would “assist in identifying and funding new community projects in each new precinct as part of the Priority Precinct Support Scheme”.

“The department will undertake community consultation to help the councils select the new projects to be funded and determine how much funding will be needed,” she said.

A list of questions and answers on the department’s website includes, “How will infrastructure be planned and funded”?

Local services, roads and public transport simply cannot support yet even more homes, this is planning madness. - Bayside Council candidate Brent Heber

The answer reads: “With increased population and more housing, infrastructure and open space are needed. 

“Councils deliver infrastructure such as local roads and parks which are funded by council rates or by developers. 

“When more significant state infrastructure, such as emergency services, schools, state and district roads, district open space and transport facilities, are needed, the Planning Minister will consider declaring the precinct a Special Contribution Area.

“This means infrastructure will be funded by developers through a Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC).”

Greens lead candidate for Rockdale Ward of Bayside Council, Brent Heber, said the region was “already doing more than its bit to deliver additional housing for Sydney”.

"Without any of the additional density from this and other priority precincts, Bayside is 7500 residences ahead of the state government's targeted home numbers,” he said.

Mr Heber said Arncliffe, Banksia and Cooks Cove would provide  an additional 10,000 residences beyond those numbers. 

"Local services, roads and public transport simply cannot support yet even more homes this is planning madness." 

Mr Heber said buildings heights in the Arncliffe priority precinct had been lifted to a maximum of 22 storeys.

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