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Imagine that: investors get cracking while politicians talk

Campbelltown is starting to look a lot like Liverpool

Campbelltown is starting to look a lot like Liverpool – not that there’s anything wrong with that is there?

There’s no doubt that not everybody’s aboard the Campbelltown and Macarthur population boom bus.

Some certainly are, just as others are fierce in their opposition.

I won’t names to avoid any embarrassment, but the difference of opinion even cuts across political party lines.

Put it this way: not everybody in the local Labor Party branches supports the view that Campbelltown and Macarthur must do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to population growth.

Same goes for the conservative side of politics.

In some ways what’s happening at a local level is reflected across the country which is having a robust debate about the level of immigration.

Back here there’s been consultants’ reports commissioned and released about the way forward.

Nothing wrong with that if it makes a reasonable contribution but the hard stuff is implementing the suggestions from the consultants.

So there’s a lot of noise but if you can cut through it you will see that developers and investors are not sitting back waiting for bureaucrats to ring the bell and say, start building our new city.

Between Queen Street and Hurley Street, the Campbelltown central business district is starting to resemble the much maligned Liverpool.

There are cranes everywhere and new apartment high rises are appearing like mushrooms.

Parking my car along Campbelltown Showground in Warby Street the other day, I did a double take when I got out and looked across to Beverley Road.

There were cranes and high rise apartments everywhere, either being built or already completed.

If this continues for another 5-10 years it will be exactly like Liverpool, which is wall to wall apartments inside its CBD.

This is how the market works, it’s all about supply and demand.

Amateur politicians and stubborn bureaucrats delude themselves that they can dictate to the market when to build, what to build, what buildings will look like and how green they will be.

Some of them probably even believe pigs can fly.






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