Hands tied on development in housing opportunity areas

FOR very good reasons, the community generally accepts that continued expansion of the metropolitan area at its edges is undesirable.

Firstly, it requires the removal of irreplaceable bushland, reducing habitat and foraging for native species, particularly small marsupials and Carnaby’s cockatoos.

Secondly, it costs the State Government tens of thousands of dollars to provide utilities such as power, water, sewerage and roads at the urban fringe.

Thirdly, residents in these areas need to travel further to work and to amenities.

In the interests of long term sustainability, the State Government mandated that local government increase allowable density around shopping centres and transport hubs, particularly train stations, creating so called Housing Opportunity Areas (HOA).

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