Lord Mayor paints Sydney with high-rise “ghettos”

Last year, Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, warned of high-rise “ghettos of the future” arising from the Berejiklian Government’s proposed higher-density targets:

“This is a planning disaster and a significant threat to Sydney’s future economic growth and livability.

“The reality is that the pretty pictures in the government’s brochures will turn out to be the ghettos of the future.

“Tall dark towers next to overshadowed parks and streets gridlocked by congestion”…

And last year, Clover Moore labelled the state government’s regulation of the building industry as “breathtakingly irresponsible” and blamed it for the proliferation of cracking, flammable high-rise slums:

Cr Moore said the state had “removed independent certification and supervision of construction sites”…

“This has resulted in arrangements that have allowed buildings unfit for occupation to be released to the market and certified for occupation,” she said.

Cr Moore’s push for tighter regulation comes as the mayors of some of Sydney’s most densely-populated areas called for sweeping reforms to lift building standards and restore confidence in the residential apartment market…

She said all buildings should be assessed by independent, third-party inspectors.

Now, Clover Moore’s City of Sydney has hypocritically endorsed changes to planning controls in Sydney’s CBD which could see the city’s skyline rise by about 100 metres:

The changes will remove the 235-metre cap on building height limits and could allow for towers in Barangaroo, Central Station, Circular Quay and Town Hall to be as high as 330 metres…

Tom Forrest from Urban Taskforce welcomed the move.

“It was an arbitrary cap that was put in place when the Centrepoint Tower was originally constructed and the whole of Sydney was capped and limited in terms of its development,” he said.

“Sydney is an international city — we should have tall buildings which match those that are the best in the world…

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said it was a comprehensive plan which balanced the need for growth across the city while preserving the city’s natural lighting and harbour views…

Money talks.

Leith van Onselen
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