The SSROC’s Liveability Indicator Mapping project was recently completed by SGS Economics and Planning that worked closely with the eleven SSROC member councils. The project provides evidence base and builds on the SSROC’s work on Liveability benchmarks for central and southern Sydney report.
As the SSROC region faces urban intensification as proposed for in the A Plan for Growing Sydney, SSROC was interested in how this can deliver a dividend to the local communities rather than diminish the liveability of the area. There is a concern that the current level of services is largely baseline infrastructure quality and should not be allowed to deteriorate through infusion of thousands of households without corresponding amenities and infrastructure services. A key objective of the study therefore was to baseline and understand the current liveability performance of each area of the SSROC region against a range of indicators.
The project developed a valuable tool for establishing a baseline and for assessing future infrastructure and strategic planning actions. The indicators included in the study are: access to open space, rental affordability and mortgage stress, access to centres and employment, relative job accessibility, access to public education, access to hospitals and local health clusters, access to community facilities and cultural precincts.
The final report is subject to endorsement by SSROC member council delegates at SSROC Ordinary meeting.