UDIA NSW welcomes the new leadership team announced today by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet

UDIA NSW wishes all members of the new Cabinet the best in their new roles and looks forward to working closely with them throughout 2022 with the development and construction industry being a key contributor to the success of the NSW economy.

The new Cabinet includes nine who are first time Ministers:

  • Sam Farraway (Regional Transport and Roads)
  • James Griffin (Environment and Heritage),
  • Eleni Petinos as Minister for Small Business and Minister for Fair Trading),
  • Wendy Tuckerman (Local Government),
  • Steph Cooke (Emergency Services and Resilience)
  • Natasha Maclaren-Jones (Families and Communities; and Disability Services)
  • Mark Coure (Seniors and Multiculturalism),
  • Dugald Saunders (Agriculture and Western NSW),
  • Ben Franklin (Aboriginal Affairs, Arts and Regional Youth)

We also welcome key Ministers with new leadership responsibilities impacting the development industry:

  • Anthony Roberts (Planning and Homes)
  • David Elliott (Transport)
  • Rob Stokes (Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport)
  • Kevin Anderson (Lands and Water)

As the state’s leading development industry body, representing more than 500 member companies and agencies across the public and private sector, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW has a strong policy and advocacy focus, particularly on key areas impacting the housing Supply and affordability crisis in NSW.

Throughout 2021, UDIA NSW has delivered a number of significant research reports working with our members across the Sydney Megaregion – from the Hunter to the Illawarra which represents 90% of NSW new housing supply and we have identified specific projects and investment needed to improve housing supply.  Link to our research reports can be found on UDIA NSW Website https://udiansw.com.au/about-our-research-program/research-publications/

UDIA calls on the new team to focus on the following key issues:

  • Tackling the shortfall of 25,000 new housing lots by the end of the decade, by:
    • Investing in specific enabling infrastructure as outlined across the Sydney Megaregion;
    • Unlocking $3b of unspent local contributions by providing incentives to Council’s; and
    •  Publish a plan for completing rezonings.
  • Fixing the Biodiversity Offset System which is the biggest roadblock to housing supply in the regions and is not delivering for conservation.
  • Removing supply roadblocks and rebuilding confidence in the Apartments market.
  • Ensuring that the planning and regulatory reforms currently taking place do not make the housing supply and affordability crisis worse in NSW, by increasing costs and reducing feasibility.

“Working together we can deliver solutions to the housing supply and affordability crisis and we can build a stronger future for our communities,” said Steve Mann, CEO, UDIA NSW.

Full NSW cabinet list can be found below:

Liberal MP Dominic Perrottet
Premier
Nationals MP Paul Toole
Deputy Premier
Minister for Regional New South Wales
Minister for Police
Liberal MP Stuart Ayres
Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade
Minister for Tourism and Sport
Minister for Western Sydney
Nationals MLC (Member of the Legislative Council) Bronnie Taylor
Minister for Women
Minister for Regional Health
Minister for Mental Health
Liberal MP Matt Kean
Treasurer
Minister for Energy
Liberal MLC Damien Tudehope
Minister for Finance
Minister for Employee Relations
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Liberal MP Alister Henskens
Minister for Skills and Training
Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology
Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly
Liberal MP Brad Hazzard
Minister for Health
Nationals MLC Sarah Mitchell
Minister for Education and Early Learning
Liberal MP Mark Speakman
Attorney General
Liberal MP Rob Stokes
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Cities
Minister for Active Transport
Liberal MP Victor Dominello
Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government
Liberal MP Anthony Roberts
Minister for Planning
Minister for Homes
Liberal MP David Elliott
Minister for Transport
Minister for Veterans
Liberal MLC Natalie Ward
Minister for Metropolitan Roads
Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Nationals MP Kevin Anderson MP
Minister for Lands and Water
Minister for Hospitality and Racing
Liberal MP Dr Geoff Lee
Minister for Corrections
Liberal MLC Natasha Maclaren-Jones
Minister for Families and Communities
Minister for Disability Services
Nationals MLC Sam Farraway
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads
Nationals MP Steph Cooke
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience
Liberal MP Eleni Petinos
Minister for Small Business
Minister for Fair Trading
Liberal MP James Griffin
Minister for Environment and Heritage
Liberal MP Mark Coure
Minister for Seniors
Minister for Multiculturalism
Nationals MP Dugald Saunders
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Western New South Wales
Nationals MLC Ben Franklin MLC
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Regional Youth
Liberal MP Wendy Tuckerman
Minister for Local Government

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Media Enquiries:
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or dlane@udiansw.com.au.
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UDIA NSW calls on NSW Government to support great places to live, without impacting housing affordability

The draft Design & Place SEPP was officially released by the NSW Government today – drawing concern amongst developers according to UDIA NSW.

“If the SEPP has stayed the same as the original EIE, it would have crippled housing supply and been a disaster for housing affordability, when Sydney already has one of the most expensive housing markets in the world. I am pleased to see that the Government has undertaken the work to understand our concerns and made significant changes to the draft SEPP. There are still several areas where we have concerns and we look forward to engaging with the Government Architect and DPIE during the consultation, to resolve these outstanding issues, “said Steve Mann, CEO UDIA NSW.

However, the other aspects of the policy that still need to be resolved, is in its practical application, the introduction of the Urban Design Guide, changes to the Design Review process and the savings and transitional arrangements, which will all have impacts on supply and affordability.

UDIA’s Greenfield Land Supply Pipeline Report launched earlier this year showed that delays in infrastructure will see NSW fall 25,600 lots short of the government’s Intergenerational report for housing demand by the end of the decade and the growing gap between demand and supply is have a huge impact on housing affordability.

Apartments represent a lower cost entry point to home ownership, with significant and ongoing constraints impacting new greenfield housing supply, now is not the time to increase the costs of constructing new apartments. UDIA’s recent Apartment Supply Pipeline report showed that apartment completions have been falling by 50% over the last few years and are forecast to fall by more than half again, to 7,000 units in Financial Year 2022, when the Intergenerational Report calls for supply of 20,000 units each year.

Any new policy must not add to an already complex system, nor increase the cost of housing, at a time when housing affordability is such a deep problem and the development industry is seeking to recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Design & Place SEPP must support building more homes, create more jobs and by doing so, address the housing supply and affordability crisis, so that more people in NSW can achieve the dream of home ownership.

Government needs to introduce policies to accelerate housing supply and enabling infrastructure to unblock supply pipelines and deliver more housing choices and jobs into this crucial sector of the economy for NSW.

We will continue to work constructively with Government to make sure that process is functional, considers economic feasibility and incentivises good design outcomes to deliver a better policy for all, as we have done on the ADG” added Mr Mann.

ENDS

Media Enquiries:
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or dlane@udiansw.com.au.
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UDIA NSW applauds plan to leverage skills in Western Parklands City and support 200,000 jobs

Yesterday’s release of the Draft Western Parkland City Blueprint and the Draft Economic Development Roadmap – Phase 1 announced by Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres was welcomed by UDIA NSW.

The two draft documents identify the five fundamental shifts in the thinking and planning for the Western Parkland City. They also identify the next round of infrastructure priorities required to support the effective function and operation of the entire Western Parkland City.

“UDIA NSW has a strong commitment to Western Sydney through our NextGenWest campaign and specifically through our Western Parkland City Leadership Panel. We agree with the NSW Government’s forecast that 25% of NSW’s growth will occur in the Western Parkland City over the next 20 years which will require a commensurate amount of the State’s infrastructure budget,” said Steve Mann, CEO, UDIA NSW.

UDIA’S Building Blocks Greater Western Sydney identifies the nine critical enabling infrastructure projects at a cost of approximately $423 million, that could unblock up to 70,000 dwellings for existing and future workers and which could be provided over the next three years.

UDIA is keen to know more about how the WestInvest Fund will be rolled out to support Greater Western Sydney, which has suffered due to a poor investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in the South West (Austral Leppington) and a lack of funding investment in key roads in the North West – Richmond Road.

“Critical to the strategy is the right planning approval pathways that support industry to deliver on the Government’s plans and UDIA will seek clarity on the various roles and governance of the planning system in Western Sydney, that will result from this initiative,” said Mr Mann.

UDIA looks forward to working with the Government on Phase 2 of the Blueprint and specifically addressing the following issues:

  • Greater integration of services infrastructure to align with growth
  • Opportunities to address flooding in the North West
  • Agency alignment and funding prioritised towards key infrastructure identified UDIA’s research
  • Ways to improve liveability

ENDS

Media Enquiries:
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or dlane@udiansw.com.au.
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UDIA NSW Welcomes acknowledgement of the importance of the Sydney megaregion

Yesterday’s official announcement by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet of a new Minister for Cities to head up the Greater Cities Commission, was welcomed by UDIA NSW, particularly due to the recognition by the NSW Government of the important contributions of the regional areas in the Sydney Megaregion – from the Illawarra to the Hunter to the State’s economic growth.

“UDIA NSW has led the conversation on the Sydney megaregion, focusing our advocacy on this powerful conurbation and its ability to grow and deliver 30- minute cities. Greater Sydney plus Wollongong, Newcastle and the Central Coast represent 80% of the state’s population and where housing supply is at a critical point,” said Steve Mann, CEO, UDIA NSW.

“Our regional conurbation should be modelled on global examples such as the Kansai Region of Japan the Yangtze River Delta in China and the Randstaad in the Netherlands with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague and Utrecht. This greater connected region has the potential to support a population of over 7-8 million within 15-20 years, if we commit to fast train public transport linking Sydney to its surrounding cities, positioning the conurbation as a world leading connected community, Mr Mann said.

“It is great to see the Premier’s acknowledgement of the importance of the Illawarra Shoalhaven, Hunter and Central Coast regions to the State’s economic potential. Government needs to make sure each region shapes its own future, even as they become more central to the overall considerations of NSW’s future. This new focus needs to be backed up with investment in infrastructure to clear the backlog of projects currently stymied by the historic under-funding in these regions, while setting up opportunities like fast rail to lift the bar across the east coast,” he added.

UDIA’s four UDIA NSW Building Blocks Reports (Greater Western Sydney, Hunter, Central Coast and Illawarra Shoalhaven) identified the need for critical enabling infrastructure with an investment of $1.3b to unblock 141,000 lots and would be a game changer for housing supply across the Sydney Megaregion and deliver $190bn of economic growth and 330,000 jobs. UDIA is keen to see the NSW government deliver the infrastructure that is needed to support growth in those areas.

UDIA will examine the remit of the Greater Cities Commission to ensure that the reorganisation doesn’t delay fixing the housing supply and affordability crisis and works to fix the current the biodiversity system. We will also seek clarity on the various roles and governance of the planning system that will result from this initiative. These are critical issues which UDIA raised in our submission on the NSW Regional Housing Taskforce review into housing affordability issues affecting the regions.

UDIA is pleased with the acknowledgment of the regional cities’ importance and looks forward to engaging collaboratively with the Minister and the GCC on behalf of our members and the development industry.

ENDS

Media Enquiries:
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or dlane@udiansw.com.au.
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Announcing the Winners of the 2021 UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence

The property and urban development industry was well represented last night at the UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence, a celebration of the most prestigious projects and leaders in the urban development industry.

The outstanding calibre of all finalists, winners, and those who received a commendation in this year’s UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence, is a testament to the development industry, which continues to demonstrate the very best in quality, innovation and design.

“We were delighted to welcome Melinda Pavey, Minister for Housing Property and Water as our special guest and to have her present the Affordable Development award,’ said Steve Mann, CEO, UDIA NSW.

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all the winners of the Awards for Excellence and to give my sincere thanks to all our sponsors and partners, particularly our major sponsor Crown Group, thank you Iwan Sunito for your generous and continued support and to our wonderful Supporting Sponsors Laver Residential Projects and Modular Walls. We absolutely couldn’t have done this without you!” Mr Mann said.

The winners and commendations in each of the categories are:
Winner: Excellence in Sustainability & Environmental Technology
Smart Design Studio by Smart Design Property

Winner: Small-Scale Infill Development
The Abbey by Traders In Purple & AJH+

Winner: Commercial Development
The Foundry, South Eveleigh by Mirvac

Commendation: Commercial Development
32 Smith Street by The GPT Group

Winner: Industrial Development
Jaycar at Eastern Creek Business Park by Frasers Property Industrial

Winner: Mixed-Used Development
Esplanade Norwest by Aoyuan International

Winner: Medium-Density Development
Clarion by Milligan Group and MNi Group in collaboration with SJB

Commendation: Medium-Density Development
Lume by DOMA, designed by SJB

Winner: Aged-Care
Harbison Dementia Cottages by Calderflower and Harbison

Winner: NSW Regions Development
Foreshore Lake Macquarie by Stevens Group

Winner: Residential Subdivision
Putney Hill by Frasers Property Australia

Commendation: Residential Subdivision
Gledswood Hills by Sekisui House Australia

Winner: Affordable Development
Ironbark Apartments by City West Housing

Commendation: Affordable Development
Foyer Central by SGCH

Winner: Masterplanned Communities
Gledswood Hills by Sekisui House Australia

Winner:  Social & Community Infrastructure
Gosford Leagues Club Park by HCCDC, Turf and ADW Johnson

Winner: High-Density Development
Waterfall by Crown Group, designed by SJB

Winner: Retirement Living
The Royce by Tulich & Calderflower

Winner: Urban Renewal / Adaptive Reuse
Smart Design Studio by Smart Design Property

Commendation: Urban Renewal / Adaptive Reuse
The Abbey by Traders In Purple & AJH+

Winner: Marketing
Portman on the Park by Mirvac and Landcom

Winner: Design
Nautilus at The Waterfront, Shell Cove by Shellharbour City Council and
Frasers Property Australia

Commendation: Design
1 Denison by Winten Property Group

Winner: President’s Award
Ironbark Apartments by City West Housing

In wrapping up the glittering evening, UDIA NSW President Stephen McMahon said, ”It was so great to see everyone, relax and have fun after almost two years of lockdown. The quality of the award winners shows that the development industry can still deliver amazing homes, public places, workplaces and plant lots of trees despite the challenges we faced.”  He then presented the President’s Award to Ironbark Apartments by City West Housing.

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Media Enquiries:
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or dlane@udiansw.com.au.
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UDIA Encouraged by New Thinking in Draft Hunter Regional Plan

UDIA welcomes the release of the draft Hunter Regional Plan for exhibition and the overview provided today at UDIA’s Hunter Christmas Luncheon by DPIE Secretary Kiersten Fishburn. The draft Plan includes a new approach to delivery, to support new jobs and housing and its release has come at a critical time with demand outstripping supply, prices are rising.

House prices have increased dramatically over the past year, with some markets in the Hunter experiencing price rises of 50%. Supply must be boosted to avoid even more unaffordable housing in the Hunter. Unfortunately, many currently zoned greenfield housing sites are burdened with significant enabling infrastructure constraints, and sites that may be considered for future rezoning also face severe challenges. Land needs to be unlocked in the short term and a reliable pipeline of future zoned and serviced land needs to be established. NSW Government funding and policy support is urgently needed to meet the Hunter’s growing housing demand.

This draft Hunter Regional Plan proposes new thinking with an expanded role for the Hunter Urban Development Program Committee to achieve cross-government coordination to support housing supply and jobs creation.

This is something UDIA has long advocated for, and we welcome government’s acknowledgement that the region needs to focus on achieving development-ready land. The UDP Committee will have an important role in aligning infrastructure where it is needed and positioning priorities for state funding to support growth for jobs and housing.

UDIA NSW will thoroughly examine the detail but is cautiously optimistic this new thinking will promote better infrastructure investment to keep pace with the accelerating demand for new housing in the Hunter. However, the new planning processes must be backed up with meaningful investments and better planning from government to deliver infrastructure like roads, power, water and sewer.

“These critical infrastructure projects were identified in the UDIA NSW Building Blocks Hunter 2021 report. The report provides a clear path to guide efficient investment in state and local road, water, sewer and electricity enabling infrastructure, that will unlock supply for housing and employment land development sites. It details $522 million in Hunter enabling infrastructure required to deliver 41,800 residential greenfield lots and 590ha of employment land that would deliver 28,000 jobs,” said Geoffrey Rock, UDIA Hunter Chapter Chair.

“We look forward to reviewing the draft Plan and working with the Department of Planning to ensure the final Regional Plan can deliver the jobs and housing needed in the Hunter. The Hunter has enormous potential and government needs to get this planning right and support the region’s growth with meaningful investment to provide direction and confidence in the development industry,” said Mr Rock.

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Media Enquiries:
Deanna Lane 0416 295 898 or dlane@udiansw.com.au.
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