WHY is NSW INC devoted to Growing Sydney?

CAAN Photo: Lindfield May 2020

WHY is NSW Planning INC persisting with its devotion for growing Sydney?

IS it due to UT exertion … its insatiable appetite whet for ever more?

OR is there more that lies behind this? Could it be that among the Constituents in North Sydney and Davidson who oppose overdevelopment but at the same time are property development investors? …

DESPITE the consequences of the Pandemic that emanated from Our Big Neighbour to the North …

and for whose populace the property boom largely catered for

.the FEDS used to be seen at every photo opportunity with reps from ‘our largest trading partner’ … but these ‘neighbours’ have now become invisible …

NOW in Australia we have very high UNEMPLOYMENT with some 12 people applying for each job in our major cities … and this number is much higher for the regions

HOW likely is it that the Morrison Government will bring back its high immigration and visa manipulation in view of this, our high unemployment, and underemployment?  

CURRENTLY there is a need for some 30,000 social and affordable housing dwellings …

-a whole Cohort of aspiring Australians continue to be locked out of home ownership

.having had to compete with foreign buyers

.in a real estate market awash with black money

SO why wouldn’t the communities of North Sydney and Davidson … and their neighbours in Ryde, Epping, Lane Cove, Hornsby object to even more OverDevelopment?

IT would appear that NSW INC may well be overruled by the FEDS on this …







WHO else apart from Housing Developers want more?

WHO do you believe, apart from developers and NSW INC could be behind the recent Shovel-ready projects, and the introduction of the Medium-Density Housing Code?  …

The Sydney Business Chamber … no less!

The Chamber has been buoyed by the NSW Planning reforms stemming from the Pandemic however, it seems, they propose to accelerate the process to change Sydney’s planning and land use to their liking!

We understood that Red Tape had already been cut .. but the Chamber proposes further cuts to Red Tape and:

-to reduce assessment and development timelines

-to enable better use of public space

-to allow businesses to operate outside ‘normal’ hours

The Chamber proposes … what we believe we have heard before … for ‘a more flexible, performance based, planning system focused on the key outcomes like urban design, amenity and public benefit.’

Despite the high population growth through not only immigration but visa manipulation resulting in a huge demographic change, and loss of Australian heritage, and culture the Chamber alleges that the planning system and land use remains rooted in the past. 

How can this be so when our suburbs have been rezoned for higher density of high-rise precincts, and now the Medium-Density Housing Code has been introduced as of 1 July 2020?

Further, the Chamber alleges that the difficulties with the NSW Planning system arise from:

‘inputs’ – zoning, height limits, floor space ratios etc

-less on the outputs.

Further, that it does not assure well designed new development.

It appears to have overlooked the intervention of the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Taskforce, the Real Estate Institute … to name but a few! The Chamber proposes realignment of land use and development controls from a Red Tape focus on inputs to an outcomes-based system to drive good development with better land use … storey upon storey … there’s a motza to be made …

They refer to the Sydney CBD as an example of having more flexible zoning controls, allowing for taller developments and higher density

Does this mean the Chamber having had a ta$te of the immense growth from the development boom when government and local council revenues flourished that they want more Precincts and CBD-style development?

To revive this they propose a broad-based land tax, and increased council rates having been capped for more than 50 years.

It appears that once again Sydneysiders are to be hit for the cost of more local infrastructure it is alleged due to the CoronaVirus with more working locally …

We thought that those still employed were in fact working from home …

And with the call for the extension of JobKeeper and JobSeeker where does the Chamber figure Sydney households will have the means to meet council rate increases?

Read more!

SOURCE:   https://www.thechamber.com.au/Media/Time-to-Capitalise-on-COVID-Driven-Planning-Reform

The full report:  https://www.thechamber.com.au/getattachment/3d13e887-3921-45df-bef3-74ea15de6d84/GREAT-CITIES-DO-NOT-HAPPEN-BY-CHANCE-Now-is-the-Time-to-Make-Planning-and-Land-Use-a-Fit-for-Purpose.pdf.aspx?lang=en-AU&fbclid=IwAR2m1GinomD2RQ6oBgRvKqgQksD2R4efLDXvaKiWIevO0mGqVxgJCNc-w3s

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CAAN Photo February 2020 Sydney CBD

IS the CoronaVirus Pandemic the Point at which we reassess City Living?

LOOKS like it is time for Pollies, Planners and developers to pause … because …

The CoronaVirus has transformed our city living …

-from shared seating … trains and buses can no longer be full-up and nor can we huddle in cafes

-the Covid-19 a transformative stressor; it might never go away!

-many will want to have their say on the future of their cities

-on working from home with restricted movability

-pollies, planners and developers ought consult residents

-shifting priorities from jam-packed light rail or metro to developing more parks and social infrastructure


Image: The coronavirus crisis could be the demise of our love affair with cities





LUCY TURNBULL named as Chair for the Greater Sydney Commission

Andrew Clennell, State Political Editor for the Daily Telegraph wrote on 3 December 2015 in his report “Greater Sydney Commission: Lucy Turnbull named Chair” that the PM’s wife, former Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull had been appointed as Chair of the NSW Government’s new Greater Sydney Commission.

Whose idea was this?

Lucy Turnbull has been appointed chair of the Greater Sydney Commission. Picture: John Appleyard
Lucy Turnbull has been appointed chair of the Greater Sydney Commission. Picture: John Appleyard

It was reported the decision had been made at Cabinet in the prior week.

And that both Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Rob Stokes dismissed concerns of a conflict of interest with Mrs Turnbull, the wife of the Prime Minister.

‘The Daily Telegraph understood Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Rob Stokes bypassed concerns of a conflict of interest with Mrs Turnbull being the wife of the Prime Minister.’

Mrs Turnbull prior to this appointment had been the Chair of the ‘Committee for Sydney’, and a former Sydney Lord Mayor from 2003 to 2004.

Rob Stokes and Mike Baird are not concerned about Lucy Turnbull’s relationship to the Australian Prime Minister.
Rob Stokes and Mike Baird are not concerned about Lucy Turnbull’s relationship to the Australian Prime Minister.

The following day, 4 December 2015 the Meriton Group issued its Media Release:

‘Meriton Group Launched its Chatswood Towers’

View: https://www.meriton.com.au/meriton-group-launched-its-chatswood-towers/

‘Last night, Chair of the Committee of Sydney, the honourable Lucy Hughes Turnbull officially launched Meriton’s two towers, Centrium, in the affluent business district of Chatswood.

Ms Hughes Turnbull was accompanied by Meriton Group’s CEO, Harry Triguboff AO and both will be welcomed by over 150 people who attended the private launch which included government, council officials and media.’

SO where did the idea of a ‘Greater Sydney Commission’ come from? When it is alleged it was ‘set up in order to stop the bickering of councils and get Sydney moving’ … does that sound something like Harry would say? With his Meriton a member of the developer lobby group, the Urban Taskforce? From where numerous like Media Releases issue. And a good friend of the Turnbulls?

Planning Minister Rob Stokes in putting it through parliament has said that “for too long Sydney’s urban planning has operated in silos of councils and government departments, without effective joined-up co-ordination of the infrastructure our city and suburbs need”.

The role of the GSC will include:

-regular reviews of Councils’ Local Environmental Plans

-to become the decision maker on rezoning proposals previously undertaken by the Minister



Levy for developers tripled on new buildings in Sydney’s CBD

SADLY … this is giving developers ‘the green light’ with the comment from

Urban Taskforce CEO Tom Forrest … that the release of details about the levy gave developers ‘certainty’; to factor it into the cost of construction.

The green light for more overdevelopment … even bigger and taller towers of concrete, steel, and glass to emit even more CO2! That’s the certainty!

At least it allows the Council to develop more public infrastructure …

Levy for developers tripled on new buildings in Sydney’s CBD

By Matt O’Sullivan and Megan Gorrey

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A levy on new buildings in the centre of Sydney will be tripled, amounting to millions of dollars for high-rise towers, under a plan to raise up to $43 million a year for parks, paving and other public infrastructure.

Developers and business will be slugged with the proposed 3 per cent levy on building developments costing $200,000 or more, part of the biggest shake up of planning controls in the core of the CBD in more than four decades.

The changes will allow for towers to be built significantly higher in four areas set for more intensive commercial development, such as near Barangaroo, Circular Quay, Central Station and Town Hall. It will mean towers can be higher than 300 metres.

Building heights in the city centre have been capped at 235 metres for decades, apart from the 309-metre Sydney Tower and Crown’s $2 billion casino tower under construction at Barangaroo, which was exempted from height limits and will reach 275 metres once completed.

The City of Sydney council estimates more than 90 per cent of the money raised from the levy, which has been endorsed by the Berejiklian government, will come from developments costing more than $1 million.


Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sydney’s skyline set to soar above 300 metres

The proposed changes to the council’s infrastructure taxes are contained in its draft strategy for managing development in central Sydney, which councillors endorsed at a meeting last week.

But Liberal councillor Craig Chung said applying the levy would disproportionately impact small businesses, such as those spending money refitting their shop or restaurant. The existing levy is 1 per cent for developments costing $200,000 or more.

“It really is a tax on small businesses,” he said. “We know the effect of the lockout laws, we know the night-time economy is struggling. We’ve had light rail, coronavirus is having a huge impact on Sydney, and now we want to triple this levy. I don’t think it’s fair.”

In an amendment voted down by the council’s majority bloc, Cr Chung proposed a “sliding scale” where projects between $250,000 and $500,000 were levied 1 per cent of development costs, projects from $500,000 to $1 million gave 2 per cent and projects over $1 million contributed 3 per cent.

Cr Chung estimated such a scheme would reap $41.5 million per year – only slightly less than the $43 million the council expected to amass under the proposed changes.

The deal struck with the NSW government will allow buildings higher than the 309-metre Sydney Tower to be built in clusters in some parts of the CBD.
The deal struck with the NSW government will allow buildings higher than the 309-metre Sydney Tower to be built in clusters in some parts of the CBD. CREDIT:RYAN STUART

He said the council collected about $14.5 million a year from developers under the current 1 per cent levy and the vast majority – about 91 per cent – was gleaned from $1 million-plus projects.

But Labor councillor Linda Scott said developers needed to “pay their fair share” to ensure a “sustainable global city”, and lowering the planned 3 per cent levy would reduce Sydney’s liveability.

Last year, 185 applications for developments in the CBD cost $1 million or more, ranging from office, retail and restaurant fitouts to multi-storey towers.

Property developer group Urban Taskforce said the levy would amount to millions of dollars for some developers constructing large buildings. But chief executive Tom Forrest said the release of details about the extent of the levy gave developers certainty, allowing them to factor it into the cost of construction.

“Broadly speaking, we welcome that certainty,” he said.

The council’s director of city planning, development and transport, Graham Jahn, said at a committee meeting this month the developer contributions had been used to fund infrastructure such as the $220 million project to pave the public spaces along the George Street light rail corridor.

“These infrastructure contributions make meaningful differences towards the tourists, the community and the businesses that visit Sydney,” he said.


Martin Place in Sydney's central business district.

City of Sydney proposes exhibiting its own planning strategy, after government delay

Council papers show the levy is comparable with other centres in Sydney, such as Parramatta and Chatswood where a 3 per cent levy is imposed on developments costing more than $250,000.

The City of Sydney pushed to publicly exhibit its draft planning strategy last March after the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for years declined to endorse the plan.

But Planning Minister Rob Stokes gave in-principle support to the strategy in December, clearing the path for the council to prepare changes to the scheme before it was endorsed for public exhibition.

Matt O’Sullivan

Matt O’Sullivan is City Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Megan Gorrey

Megan Gorrey is the Urban Affairs reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.


Power walkers: Lucy and Malcolm Turnbull stroll through Paddington last month.



“It is outrageous that the government is ramming these changes though Parliament without proper public consultation,” said the chief executive of the Nature Conservation Council, Kate Smolski.

“It will reduce the input people will have into how their communities can be developed, and concentrate power into the hands of the minister and planning bureaucrats.”

Greens MP David Shoebridge warned communities around the state could lost control over local bushland and the environment to Macquarie Street.

“Every protection people thought they had, every bit of local order is all up for grabs,” Mr Shoebridge said.  …

Mr Stokes said fears communities could lose out were “misleading” and said they would play a role in decision-making through the appointment of six district commissioners  …

ALAS … thus true to form … as the community figured …

The chief executive of development lobby the Urban Development Institute of Australia, Stephen Albin, said this week the commission would “change the way our city will be shaped”.

“I think you’ll find … they will start really getting involved and forcing the hand of local governments and other stakeholders in areas to ensure we get development.

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The GSC, established by NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes in 2015, 

Planning Minister Rob Stokes in putting it through parliament has said that “for too long Sydney’s urban planning has operated in silos of councils and government departments, without effective joined-up co-ordination of the infrastructure our city and suburbs need”.

The GSC, which will be based in Parramatta, Sydney’s geographic centre, will consist of a Chair, Environment Commissioner, Economic Commissioner, Social Commissioner.

There will also be six District Commissioners, nominated by their councils and three key government heads on the Commission — the heads of Planning, Transport and Treasury.

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“The position would dovetail with the determination of her husband, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to use the power of the federal government to improve Australian cities, and would be sure to raise questions about the two working together,” reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

Support for Turnbull in the role was strong among NSW government ministers, particularly the minister for planning Rob Stokes. When introducing the legislation for the commission in NSW parliament, Stokes quoted from Turnbull’s book, Sydney: Biography of a City, which he referred to as “seminal.”

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Lucy Turnbull, the wife of the Prime Minister, and a former lord mayor of Sydney, has been appointed to chair the Greater Sydney Commission.

*The commission is being established by the Baird government to bring metropolitan-wide planning to Sydney.

*It will be able to overrule local council zoning decisions.

It will take over planning decisions which are currently done by the Minister for Planning Rob Stokes.

Ms Turnbull, who has been chair of the lobby group The Committee for Sydney, was seen as the ideal candidate for the job until her husband became Prime Minister.

The Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, a former planning academic, even quoted approvingly from Ms Turnbull’s book, Sydney: Biography of a City when he introduced the legislation establishing the commission, calling it a “seminal” work.

However, there were concerns that the position would lead to conflicts of interest with her husband’s position, as well as considerations that federal government funding for Sydney could be seen to be favouring his wife.

*In fact, the former prime minister Tony Abbott was generous to Sydney, funding the WestConnex and NorthConnex motorways, as well as promising federal funding for infrastructure to support the Badgerys Creek airport.

Ms Turnbull has handled such conflicts before. Earlier this year the chief executive of the Committee for Sydney, Dr Tim Williams criticised the state government’s massive WestConnex Motoway project, which is partly funded by the federal government. He later apologised for the remarks. # See below for what happened!

There will be 13 commissioners, including the chair; an environment, economic and social commissioners; six district commissioners, nominated by local councils; plus the heads of the three government departments — Planning & Environment, Transport and Treasury.

It was supported by the Labor Party but opposed by the Greens, who criticised it for overriding local government planning powers and taking away democratic control over planning.

Greens MLC David Shoebridge said almost all the commissioners would be appointed by the Minister for Planning.




With a bit of sweet talk from Tim … I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine …

Recently it was announced that Dr Tim  Williams had resigned from his role with the Committee at the end of this year to take up a new role as the Head of Cities with global consultancy firm ARUP.

Read more: http://www.sydney.org.au/announcement-of-the-departure-of-ceo-tim-williams/

Tim like most of us recognises that the WestCONnex & its tentacles will kill Sydney … it’s not sustainable.

Committee for Sydney’s Tim Williams slams road building plans for city


However Dr Williams was forced to back down …

Committee for Sydney’s Tim Williams backs down on motorway and WestConnex criticism


IN 2015 Lucy Turnbull named the Chatswood CBD as the Example of High-Rise Development for Sydney


The GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION, (the GSC) was established by NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes in 2015 …

Mrs Turnbull described Chatswood as the … ideal model for high density urban growthurban density done well

That is her opinion … however, many find it to be congested overdeveloped for a monoculture

Its sewer system … more than 100 years old not coping … with a foul odour permeating in the air …

With the Meriton Group having led the way for other developers … by seeking its market entirely from China is this what is meant by Sydney as ‘a global city’?

FAST FORWARD TO 2019: CHATSWOOD is a city in the middle of nowhere being built by the Chinese Communist Party



CONTRARY to Mrs Turnbull … Australian Key Workers (Professionals) such as teachers, nurses, paramedics and police officers have now been priced out of living closer to Sydney and their workplaces … and replaced by the ‘Silent Invasion’

WITH the Hong Kong Consortium MTR privatising what were publicly owned heavy rail lines for the SYDNEY METRO … all connecting to CHATSWOOD … there is no need for the new ‘Permanent Residents’ to own a car if they choose … however, they have not only laundered ‘hot money’ in real estate but drive European limousines …

READ more from Ian Paterson in the North Shore Times in ‘Lucy Turnbull labels Chatswood CBD Model to creating high-rise across Sydney’

NEWLY appointed chairwoman of the Greater Sydney Commission Lucy Turnbull has hailed a northern Sydney suburb as the ideal model for high density urban growth.

December 12, 2015

Meriton Centrium towers in Chatswood. Picture: Supplied.
Meriton Centrium towers in Chatswood. Picture: Supplied.

THE newly appointed chairwoman of the Greater Sydney Commission — Lucy Turnbull — has hailed Chatswood as the ideal model for high density urban growth.

*“Chatswood is actually the perfect illustration of urban density done well. It is right on the train line and there is a huge cluster here of jobs, shops and housing including the Meriton apartments,” Mrs Turnbull said.

*“It is a really amazing model for transit oriented developments and density done well.”

Mrs Turnbull made the comments to the North Shore Times before attending the launch of Meriton’s $700 million mixed-use Centrium apartments in Chatswood on December 3.

As commission chairwoman, the former lord mayor of Sydney will be charged with carrying out the State Government’s Plan For Growing Sydney, released last year.

Lucy Turnbull has been appointed chair of the Greater Sydney Commission. Picture: John Appleyard

Chatswood has been identified as a strategic centre in the plan and will be the focal point for high-rise development on the north shore.

Lucy Turnbull speaking at the launch of the Meriton Centrium towers in Chatswood. Picture: Supplied
Lucy Turnbull speaking at the launch of the Meriton Centrium towers in Chatswood. Picture: Supplied

The plan identifies suburbs along the North Shore Line as sites for increased housing density.

CAAN: There is no reference to identifying other suburbs along the north shore line for increased housing density … was the reference deleted or redacted?

How much influence/lobbying was exerted by the ‘North Shore’ to protect their neighbourhood? Has the North Shore set the BENCHMARK for other communities to follow?

“It is really important in a global city such as Sydney that there is a big range of different price points for people to access so you can have key workers such as teachers, nurses and police officers living closer to the city if that is where they want to be,” Mrs Turnbull said.

Chatswood has been put forward as the model for other centres throughout Sydney to follow.
Chatswood has been put forward as the model for other centres throughout Sydney to follow.

The northern view over the rail line.

Photo: Daily Telegraph: 2014: the northern view over the railway line; massive residential towers in Chatwood … up to 46 storeys!

Image result for 2019 aerial photo chatswood

Photo: Build Sydney 2019: Chatswood







2015 Media Release: MERITON集团最新力作—CHATSWOOD TOWERS

CLICK THE SOURCE LINK … and this is the Media Release in Mandarin(?) … Harry makes no secret of the fact … Meriton’s market target is China …

A quote from Harry that supports this …

“China has more than 1 billion people,” he said. “And they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.”


Friday, December 04, 2015


昨晚,悉尼委员会名誉主席Lucy Hughes Turnbull女士,为Meriton集团在Chatswood商业区的两座建筑Centrium隆重揭幕。

Hughes Turnbull女士与Meriton集团的创始人Harry Triguboff先生,及150余人参与了隆重的揭幕仪式,其中包括各级政府官员、议会议员及媒体工作者。

Chatswood源名于前Willoughby市长Richard Harnett的夫人Charlotte Harnett。人们亲切地称呼她为“Chattie”,而wood则源自该地区繁茂的树木。但何时由“Chattie‘s Wood”更名为Chatswood则无人知晓。

如今的Chatswood已发展成为了悉尼北区汇集商业、购物和居住的大型城镇,拥有大型购物中心,优质美食餐厅和便捷的交通设施。 Centrium的建成不仅能够让居住在此的住户尽享便捷,更可欣赏到无与伦比的悉尼市全景。

















The latest masterpiece of the MERITON Group—CHATSWOOD TOWERS

Last night, Ms. Lucy Hughes Turnbull, Honorary Chairman of the Sydney Commission, unveiled the Centrium of Meriton Group’s two buildings in the Chatswood business district.

Ms. Hughes Turnbull and the founder of Meriton Group, Mr. Harry Triguboff, and more than 150 people participated in the grand opening ceremony, including government officials at all levels, members of parliament and media workers.

Chatswood is named after Charlotte Harnett, the wife of Richard Harnett, the mayor of Willoughby. People call her “Chattie” affectionately, and wood is derived from the lush trees in the area. But it is unknown when “Chattie’s Wood” will be renamed Chatswood.

Today Chatswood has developed into a large town in Sydney’s north that brings together business, shopping and living, with large shopping malls, quality gourmet restaurants and convenient transportation facilities. The completion of Centrium will not only allow residents living here to enjoy convenience, but also enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of Sydney city.

Mr. Triguboff announced that the two buildings will not be sold for the time being, one of which will be used as a serviced apartment under Meriton and the other will be used for long-term rental. Meriton will provide more rental options for the Chatswood business district.

“If we find a vacancy in the market, we will fill it in time,” Mr Triguboff said.

“If we see a large number of apartments for rental here, we will keep these apartments to alleviate the shortage of the housing rental market in the region.”

“I have a soft spot for Chatswood. I have built a lot of apartments here, but I have never left any. The two buildings will become new landmarks here, so I want to keep a small one here. Block area. “

Earlier, there were some comments in the market that Mr Triguboff chose to keep some apartments because he thought the real estate market would become unpredictable.

“It’s all nonsense,” Mr Triguboff said.

“Chatswood is a very strong market. I only saw yesterday that another property developer just sold 100 apartments last weekend in just two days.”

“Keeping these apartments is both my personal will and a decision based on market needs. These apartments will alleviate the shortage of apartment rentals in the area.”

Just a stone’s throw from Chatswood Railway Station, Centrium is a multi-use development valued at $ 700 million.

The first building includes 337 Meriton serviced apartments and is equipped with Meriton’s classic resort-style facilities, including: indoor heated pool, spa, sauna and fully equipped gym. These luxurious apartments are suitable for both business people and tourists.

The second building consists of a total of 286 apartments and is expected to be fully leased by mid-2016. The 38-storey tower offers panoramic views of the Sydney city skyline and panoramic area. Including 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, all apartments will be designed with super-large units, and all residents can also use resort-type facilities.

“Most of the apartments built in Chatswood are very small,” Triguboff said.

“And the apartments we build provide more space for residents to experience top comfort and luxury.”

This project also includes a small shopping area consisting of 4 shops, all of which are now rented out; a child care center with an oversized outdoor activity area that can accommodate 56 children; and Willoughby City Council Provides up to 250 underground parking spaces.

To date, the Meriton Group has managed a total of 3,612 serviced apartments across Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Harry Triguboff to retain Meriton's Centrium towers in Chatswood

Photo: Property Observer

SOURCE: https://www.meriton.com.au/cn/meriton-group-launched-its-chatswood-towers/





Harry Triguboff, Lucy Turnbull, Chris Johnson about High-Rise Towers in Chatswood


Harry Triguboff to retain Meriton’s Centrium towers in Chatswood

Harry Triguboff to retain Meriton's Centrium towers in Chatswood

Meriton’s two-tower project Centrium in the business district of Chatswood was launched by Lucy Turnbull, on Thursday evening shortly after it was advised that she will head the new organisation charged with overseeing planning and development across Sydney, the chair of the Greater Sydney Commission.

Centrium will have one tower as serviced apartments and the other as long-term rental accommodation, according to Meriton Group CEO Harry Triguboff.

He said Meriton was giving the Chatswood business district much-needed rental options.

It is now is one of the North Shore’s major commercial, retail and residential districts. Some of Sydney’s best shopping, dining and transport facilities can be found in Chatswood.

“If we see a gap in the market, we fill it accordingly,” Triguboff said.

“If we see that there is a great need for long term rental accommodation we retain the building to help boost the depleted rental market.”

Chatswood was named after Charlotte Harnett, wife of the then mayor of Willoughby, Richard Harnett. Her nickname was ‘Chattie’ and wood came from the original wooded nature of the area. It was Chattie’s Wood and the date it actually changed to Chatswood is not precisely unknown.

The announcement that former Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull will head up the Greater Sydney Commission was good for Sydney but there are major challenges ahead, says the Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson.

“Her background as Lord Mayor of Sydney and her interest in metropolitan wide planning auger well for ensuring the commission acts with big picture thinking,” he said.

SOURCE: https://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/investment-strategy/property-news-and-insights/48947-harry-triguboff-to-retain-meriton-s-centrium-towers-in-chatswood.html

Lucy Turnbull warns Parramatta Precinct must avoid Green Square and Leppington Mistakes

Greater Sydney Commission boss and former Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull.

Greater Sydney Commission boss and former Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull.CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE … Instead of running around with the same old chooks with their heads cut off, halve immigration and take the pressure off everything

HAS Lucy Turnbull left the office to view Leppington? Because here is an update for Mrs T from a Commentator:

‘It draws plenty of traffic from massive developments at Austral to the north and south of Camden Valley Way. It won’t be long until the station is more than fully utilised.

Further, why would anybody … look to make Olympic Park a major residential centre? It is a peninsular so is inherently transit restricted (ask the Commonwealth Bank who are bailing from the district to go to Redfern because staff hate working there).

Learn from the cluster that is Rhodes before you repeat the mistake all over again (but with the added challenge of hosting major events multiple times a year)’

At CAAN we agree! Already Ryde Road is in gridlock for much of the day. The Parramatta River is tidal so the ferries cannot run 24/7, and Sydney Olympic Park is already largely redeveloped!

Yes, GREEN SQUARE is choking … back in December 2018 …

‘When News Local visited the station last week, it was standing room only on the trains, with some passengers unable to board. … Mr Hoenig said development had got out of control with little thought for the supporting infrastructure. Green Square is nowhere near finished. “There are hundreds more buildings yet to be finished and tens of thousands more residents to come, some in the very near future.”

View: Mirvac is squeezing in another 316 apartments and terraces … into Green Square!


Urban wrecking ball, Lucy Turnbull, swings again

23 DECEMBER 2019

By David Llewellyn-Smith in Australian Economy

She is the human wrecking ball for the former Eden turned smoking crater called Sydney:

Greater Sydney Commission boss Lucy Turnbull has warned governments must avoid the mistakes of Green Square and Leppington in a massive redevelopment of Parramatta and Olympic Park over the coming decade.

The commission has developed a draft “Place-based Infrastructure Compact” for the area, which it describes as a world-leading attempt to unite 20 government agencies and align population growth with infrastructure and service delivery.

The GSC estimates the Parramatta and Olympic Park precinct could add up to 95,000 new dwellings and 122,000 new jobs by 2036 under what it calls a “visionary” growth scenario.

Speaking to The Sun-Herald after feedback on the plan closed, Ms Turnbull said the area needed to avoid the pitfalls of Green Square, where homes had come before infrastructure, and Leppington in the south-west, which had trains but no residents.

“Our core mantra is to align infrastructure and growth,” she said.

Passengers were standing throughout the carriages, including on the stairs, when we visited the station last week.

Passengers were standing throughout the carriages, including on the stairs, when we visited the station last week. December 2018: News Local

Oh genius. How much is Turnbull paid to offer this gem after fifteen years of failed development and crush-loading?

Why should the public have any faith in Turnbull or the Growth Lobby or the planning authorities?

To wit, another hairbrained scheme: ‘Multiple Sydney Harbours Plan to drought proof NSW with lakes’


Are you suspicious? 

Could this be very convenient for the Mining Sector and the Developer Lobby?  To boost population growth in Newcastle?

And it would save Miners huge sums for rehabilitation of the sites ….

Is this an exercise in playing wedge politics with both the pro and anti coal groups?

The Upper Lusatian Biosphere Reserve in Germany has been created from disused coal mines.

The Upper Lusatian Biosphere Reserve in Germany has been created from disused coal mines.CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES

The Berejiklian government is investigating an ambitious plan to convert open-cut coal mine pits into a vast lake system the size of “multiple Sydney Harbours” to drought-proof parts of NSW.

Three pits in the Hunter Valley are ready to be turned into artificial lakes and, as more mining operations end over the next 10 to 20 years, more voids will become available.

The proposal is modelled on Europe’s largest artificial lake system in eastern Germany, where old coal mine pits have been turned into recreational lakes, with cycling paths and watersports.

….”This project can be the modern day Snowy River hydro scheme underpinning economic, social and environmental progress for northern NSW,” he said.

One key concern of the government is understood to be the higher evaporation rates in NSW than in the lakes system in Germany.

I don’t want to say that it won’t work. I hope it does. But it’s hardly an answer when Sydney is going run out of water in a year.

How did it ever come to that?

The first principle answer is simple: stop doing harm. Instead of running around with the same old chooks with their heads cut off, halve immigration and take the pressure off everything.

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/12/urban-wrecking-ball-lucy-turnbull-swings-again/