When you look at the infrastructure throughout New South Wales you quickly start to wonder what our politicians are doing. The New South Wales Government has been in power since 1995 (a staggering 14 and a half years) which is far too long for any Government. Electorates are abundant throughout Sydney because they are distributed along population lines.
This means that Regional NSW with fewer voters and fewer electorates misses on Government projects that could revolutionize our state and the Sydney Metropolitan area continues to expand, become more crowded and the freeways more like car parking lots. The rail transport is aging, is unreliable and is slower than it was 20 years ago. Surely there is a major problem that needs urgent resolution.
Governments make decisions based on votes – they rarely make decisions on merit. I travel to Queensland for work on a weekly basis and my experience has been that Queensland Is on the move. They have airports in Brisbane, Gold Coast and on the Sunshine Coast. There is constant road works to improve the highways and a rail system that is effective – it’s getting quicker and quicker.
In contrast New South Wales has Sydney Airport, there is nothing of note in Wollongong and the Newcastle Airport isn’t even in Newcastle and is shared with the Royal Australian Air Force. There is no rail link to Newcastle Airport and limited public transport to get there. In other words the State Government has encouraged Sydney to become bigger and sprawl further and increase in price.
They have forgotten the regional centres which could be real solutions for the creation of jobs and availability of affordable housing. Population growth in regional New South Wales is negligible as our population moves to Queensland – most of the population growth in New South Wales is via immigration and ends up in Sydney.
So why aren’t they solving the housing affordability crisis? They say they are with the First Home Owners Grant. All it has done is push prices up for real estate around $500,000 AUD – a bubble which is artificial and dangerous. Instead of building fast trains and creating world class airports outside of Sydney our Government continues to forget regional New South Wales – it’s a mistake and people need to let the politicians know.