chapter  21
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Growing Sydney: advocacy for urban density

ByCHRIS JOHNSON

Sydney is Australia’s global city and it is growing fast. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census measured 1.66 million dwellings in the city but projected growth will double this number over the next 40 to 50 years (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011a). Prior to 2011, Sydney’s urban landscape was predominantly low-rise suburban sprawl that had spread outwards to the Blue Mountains in the west and to national parks to the north and south (Fromonot and Thompson, 2000). There is little room to continue the suburban model so the city’s urban form must shift to a new more urban built form with increased densities. While logic may support a denser built environment, the residents of suburbia are emotively against this (Bentley, 2013).