Macqaurie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong has called for an urgent freeze on development in his electorate.
The rate of development is placing to much pressure on existing infrastructure, Mr Chanthivong believes, and he is calling on the state government to stop any further development occurring in his electorate until infrastructure is upgraded.
Infrastructure projects the MP wants to see completed before any more development is approved include the installation of lifts at Macquarie Fields Train Station, an increase in commuter parking, provision of air-conditioning in all schools and improved roads.
The state government recently announced no new housing proposals in Ryde would be progressed until a review of local infrastructure and planning laws had occurred.
“If the government can slam the brakes on development in Ryde, then it can slam the brakes on development in the Macquarie Fields electorate too,” he said.
“Constituents have emphatically told me that the electorate is at breaking point. A lack of commuter car parking, overcrowded schools, inadequate transport, disappearing green spaces and worsening congestion are all diminishing people’s quality of life.
“People in my local area want to see firm action on infrastructure before people move into a suburb.”
People in my local area want to see firm action on infrastructure before people move into a suburb.Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong
Mr Chanthivong said he was aware his calls might put him at odds with other community leaders who were keen for the area to grow. However, he was undeterred.
“I’m speaking on behalf of my community,” he said. “I can’t speak on behalf of others but my job is to voice the concerns of the community and find ways to improve their living standards.”
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the state government determined where it wanted the bulk of the population to live.
“(Mr Chanthivong’s) role is to make representations about getting the fair share or infrastructure and what’s required,” he said.
“(The council) doesn’t decide who comes to the area. We do what we can to make sure the area is as livable as possible.”