NSW Government audit – over 5,000 pieces of underutilised public land identified

Absent in much of the ‘TOD Talk’ has been any significant discussion of what the NSW Government might itself deliver, on its own land, in these denser transit precincts in the form of social (and affordable or specialist) housing.  We have dedicated time and research to this topic and recently provided the NSW Government with our ideas (refer below).
Like many, we keenly await the outcome of the Government’s vacant public land audit, a key election promise (refer image). A recent ABC Sydney Radio program discussed this very issue – wondering what social and affordable housing opportunities might be found in what they understand to be over 5,000 identified pieces of land.
Journalist Sarah Macdonald interviewed Rick Graf from private developer Billbergia about development on public land at Lidcombe and West Ryde (both next to train stations) that will see social and affordable housing delivered under terms struck under thje prvaious government. Shelter NSW John Engeler called into the program to remind listeners that the Homes NSW (previously Land and Housing Corporation) project at Arncliffe also being discussed, was not in fact ‘vacant’ land but a long-standing public housing site that was being redeveloped.

You can listen to the 10–15-minute discussion, introduced at the head of the program and picked up 5 minutes later with John joining at the end of the discussion.   

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