OPINION | We’re being used as a dumping ground

Back in the 1970s when the huge Housing Commission enclaves were being forced upon poor ol’ Campbelltown – without proper transport links or infrastructure – it was clear we were being used as a dumping ground.

The local Catholic bishop called it a social disaster in the making, the local press protested, and police struggled with high crime stats.

Even the pollies agreed that it was a planning disaster, but the Libs blamed the new Labor government for building them, while Labor blamed the former Lib government for signing the contracts. In short, everyone agreed they shouldn’t be built – as they were built.

The same thing is happening now. Everyone agrees local growth centres needs good infrastructure and transport links – but stuff all is done as vast housing estates are approved.

We have Gilead estate approved on a deadly Appin Road goat track, and Menangle Park estate approved with no electric rail and no freeway on/off ramps approved. Last week NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts announced 30,000 more homes on Camden’s doorstep near Badgerys Creek – but still no concrete plans for a train line. Hmmm.

The best way to move huge amounts of plane passengers is rail, but toll roads are on the agenda. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to suspect the Badgerys Creek airport is a con, a gloried freight hub in the making.


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