Push for smaller houses will hit Western Sydney families, and benefit eastern suburbs mansion owners

01 Desember 2009

A ban on new large homes will please the owners of sprawling mansions in existing suburbs, but disadvantage ordinary families looking for a place of their own in Western Sydney, according to the Urban Taskforce.

The Taskforces chief executive, Aaron Gadiel, said todays push by the NSW Greens and Archicentre to cap the size of a new home would choke the supply of new housing suitable for families.


This rule would grossly inflate the price of existing mansions in Sydneys eastern suburbs and northern Sydney.


This proposal will deliver windfall gains to those lucky enough to already own a large home.


Meanwhile, families would face even less choice.


Australian Bureau of Statistics data, published on Sunday, found that new Australian houses in the past financial year reached 215 square metres in size – bigger than US houses (202 square metres), almost three times the size of houses in Britain, (76 square metres), and almost twice the size of those in the Netherlands (115 square metres).


Mr Gadiel said that people should be free to choose a large or small home, based on their own preferences.


This latest push is just another example for the café latte set trying to dictate how everyone else lives their lives.


Mr Gadiel said that new houses are already subject to the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX).


BASIX delivers equitable and effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across the state, he said. The BASIX rules encourage:

  • rainwater tanks, solar hot water or heat pump systems;
  • performance glass and double glazing;
  • efficient shower heads and tap fixtures, reducing water use; and
  • eaves, shading, insulation reducing the need for air conditioning.


The Urban Taskforce is a property development industry group, representing Australias most prominent property developers and equity financiers.


The construction activity made possible by property developers contributes $78 billion to the national economy each year and creates 849,000 direct jobs.



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