State overrides Hunter councils' density limits to tackle housing crisis

Michael Parris
Updated December 6 2023 - 12:48pm, first published November 28 2023 - 12:01am
A government-supplied image showing the kind of diverse housing mix it would like to see across Sydney, Newcastle and the Illawarra. Image supplied
A government-supplied image showing the kind of diverse housing mix it would like to see across Sydney, Newcastle and the Illawarra. Image supplied

The NSW government has announced sweeping changes to planning rules to fast-track higher-density housing across Sydney, the Lower Hunter and Illawarra.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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