The extra surge in Sydney's population predicted by the NSW government will be concentrated in The Hills, Parramatta, Camden and the inner city.
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has released figures showing the Sydney populations are growing much faster than predicted only two years ago.
Updated forecasts show the city is expected to have about 6.42 million in 20 years – 170,000 more than predicted only two years earlier – and it’s not expected to be spread evenly across the city.
An additional 26,000 are expected to reside in Parramatta and 25,000 in The Hills. Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the housing supply in Sydney needed to change, but that change needed to be managed in a way that was fair.
Mr Stokes also made clear his preference for the types of new dwellings he'd like to see in many suburbs – such as terrace housing or smaller apartment lots. “We've got to be a just city,” he said.
Since 2008, The Hills’ population has increased by 27,000.
“Box Hill North will make up some of the population deficit with an injection of 12,000 residents and almost doubling that figure will be the eventual development of neighbouring Box Hill,” The Hills deputy mayor Robyn Preston said.
Cr Preston said the biggest challenge would be developing infrastructure in a bid to cope.
Many residents agree. “It will never cope… barely coping with the current population,” Jo D’souza said in response to a Hills News social media poll. “Take a drive on any day anytime and you can see the issues.”
“I think then our biggest challenge is how we move [residents] within and outside of The Hills Shire,” Cr Preston said.
“We have local road networks that don’t feed into regional road infrastructure.
“Planning and funding these projects successfully, will be achieved through a collaborative approach and I would encourage conversation sooner than later.”