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NSW residents have placed affordable housing, health services and reduced domestic violence above commuting times in a new poll.
The NSW results of a national poll conducted by the Committee For Economic Development Australia (CEDA) were released on Tuesday.
It revealed that 61% of NSW respondents were satisfied with their commute to and from work.
Meanwhile, the top personal issues in NSW aligned nationally with reliable, low cost basic health services; reliable, low cost essential services; access to stable and affordable housing; affordable, high quality chronic disease services; and reduced violence in homes and communities.
CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento said commuting times ranked in the bottom five issues of 30, when respondents were asked to rank personal issues of importance."
“Interestingly most respondents in NSW were happy with their travel time to and from work,” she said.
“Major infrastructure works underway in Sydney may be helping to reduce concerns,” Ms Cliento said.
However, the results were not broken down into Sydney-centric results compared with regional areas which may have influenced the response to commuting times.
Mr Roydon Ng from the Restore Inner West Line (Sydney) lobby group challenged the notion of commuter satisfaction saying that it was becoming increasingly difficult to travel to work within Sydney.
“Travel times have increased for most commuters in Sydney… transport should exist to make the city move around properly,” Mr Ng said.
“People would much rather be spending more time with their families, more time out of the car, at home and relaxing than paying tolls and being stuck in traffic.”
Mr Ng argued that worse travel times are due to the State Governments lack of investment in existing infrastructure, with focus directed exclusively towards new transport services.
“Access to stable and affordable housing while in the top across the nation, ranked as of higher importance in NSW, most likely reflecting the higher housing costs in NSW,” Ms Cliento said.
The report also found that NSW residents were less concerned about the importance of tougher criminal laws and sentences, compared to other states and territories.
Access to recreational exercise facilities and regulation to reduce welfare and tax fraud and greenhouse gas emissions ranked among the lowest personal issues of importance.
“Overall in NSW, much like the other states, the expectation that government should provide the services fundamental to the quality of life in Australia remains strong,” Ms Cliento concluded.