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About Save Our Suburbs    
Save Our Suburbs (NSW) Inc is a non-profit & non-aligned group of residents, originally formed to fight against forced rezoning and over-development of Sydney’s suburbs. It has grown to include communities who are fighting for better planning and regulation on a range of development issues, including major infrastructure projects such as road tunnels.

Sydney’s beleaguered residents have been fighting an endless string of localised battles against increased density developments ("urban consolidation") and badly planned developments such as unfiltered tunnel exhaust stacks. We have been fighting local councils about local rezoning and local developments, and state government departments about the lack of regulation and planning. Residents are usually the losers in these local battles.

If we want to effectively protect the environment and heritage of our suburbs, we need to take the fight beyond our local areas into the State Government arena.

This can only be achieved by organised and united residents. Save Our Suburbs (NSW) Inc has been formed for this very purpose.


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SOS strives to...


  • the environment, biodiversity and heritage of residential suburbs and towns
  • the amenity and rights of existing residents of residential suburbs and towns
  • the individual character of each residential suburb and town


  • ad-hoc rezoning and inappropriate higher density development
  • higher density rezoning and/or significant developments taking place without the approval of the majority of affected residents
  • repeating the costly mistakes and deficiencies of major infrastructure projects such as the M5 East


  • well designed and properly planned medium and high density development - in properly chosen locations following the completion of threshold studies on environment, heritage, infrastructure and traffic
  • well designed infrastructure development, following full and independent assessment of its health, social, environmental and economic impacts
  • meaningful and genuine community consultation processes
  • strict control of major pollution sources such as exhaust stacks
  • resident action groups with consistent aims and their local campaigns