‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure

‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure

Houses built to the fence line with dark roofs and tiny backyards leave their owners at the mercy of the climate crisis, experts say

On 4 January 2020, the western Sydney suburb of Penrith was one of the hottest places on Earth at 48.9C.

The heat that day, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, gave a brief window into what the future will be like in the city’s outer rings, soon to be home to more than 1.5 million people.

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