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Government should not waste opportunity to create sustainable cities for the future

The Australian Greens say plans to overhaul the Sydney metro could create a sustainable city for the future, but only if they are underpinned by public transport and affordable housing.

"The plans reported in the media today are an example of what the federal government could achieve through its Infrastructure Australia Fund. However, urban consolidation is only ever effective if there's provision for affordable housing and developments are networked with fast, affordable public transport."

"We can't afford to invest in exclusive and car-dependent housing developments that will simply entrench inequality," said the Greens Transport Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.
"If we get this right, we can create sustainable urban villages linked with rapid transit and world-class broadband, with a high proportion of affordable housing."

"I've initiated a Senate Inquiry to identify gaps in the nation's public transport infrastructure. The government should use the findings of this inquiry, as a road map to guide its infrastructure spending."

"The government has the potential to fund a range of ambitious projects. It should spend the money wisely by investing in regional fast rail and urban public transport networks; creating genuine sustainable cities for the future."

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