What does it take to build a sustainable city?

With Infrastructure Australia predicting a city population increase of 7 million by 2031, it is more important than ever that these dense areas are adequately developed to accommodate its growth. One Australian city where this is occurring is Sydney. The City of Sydney council is conveying a plan for its long term success in the Sustainable Sydney 2030 Snapshot report.

Sydney is an example of a city being built for sustainability.Sydney is an example of a city focused on future sustainability.

Sustainable cities are built upwards from their infrastructure, and rely on the engineering and construction industry to drive improvement. Here are three ways that Sydney is developing in order to achieve a more sustainable future.

1. An efficient transport system

For a city to be most productive its residents and businesses need to be able to move easily unrestricted by congestion. Sydney’s new light rail recently came underway, and is destined to greatly improve the city’s transport efficiency. It will provide services every four to eight minutes, and will be capable of carrying around 13,000 people per hour. It will also have a 97 per cent reliability rate and is anticipated to act as a catalyst now new construction projects across the city.

2. Affordable housing

Sustainable cities also need access to affordable housing for residents. The City of Sydney plan prescribes that by 2030, 7.5 per cent of all housing available should be affordable. This vision is being helping by the surge of new apartment blocks currently being constructed, which, once completed, will provide additional housing for the growing population and make it much easier for people to find a dwelling in their price range.

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3. A strong economy

Finally, economic stability and competitiveness is vital for ongoing sustainability. This economic strength is supported by investing employment, and according to Civil Contractors Federation NSW CEO David Castledine, the infrastructure sector will be a huge contributor to this.

“For every $10 million expended on a contractor or supplier from within New South Wales, $21.7 million of economic growth is generated; 30 new jobs are created, and 128 jobs supported. Further, $216,000 in extra payroll tax is collected by the New South Wales Government, along with significant other taxes,” he said.

To truly create sustainable cities the government and infrastructure employers alike must work together to provide the resources necessary to thrive in the long term. For employers, this begins by having quality talent to complete projects that will stand up to the demands of the future and help Australian cities remain globally competitive.

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