Master Plumbers NSW Denounces Sydney Gas Ban on New Builds

The Master Plumbers Association of NSW (MPA NSW) has vehemently denounced the City of Sydney, the City of Parramatta and other local government areas (LGAs) that have proposed a ban on gas in new builds.

This move, according to MPA NSW, demonstrates a clear lack of consideration for its impact on essential services, such as heating, hot water supply and the functionality of establishments like restaurants and larger buildings. The news comes after the Victorian government banned gas on new homes from January 2024.


MPA NSW says that the decision made by the Sydney councils prioritises environmental concerns without taking practicality into account. The Association acknowledges that while sustainability is important, so too is the functionality of a city’s infrastructure.

“One cannot overlook the severe repercussions this ill-advised ban will impose on the design and functionality of new buildings,” MPA NSW chief executive Nathaniel Smith says.

“Gas provides a cost-effective and reliable energy source for heating systems, essential for the comfort and well-being of residents living in these structures. By denying architects and engineers the flexibility to utilise gas infrastructure, these LGAs are limiting their ability to create liveable spaces suitable for the diverse needs of our community.”

He adds that the restaurant industry will face a major hurdle with this ban since gas-powered stoves and commercial appliances have long been the standard in commercial kitchens due to their superior heat control and efficiency.

“We implore this group of LGAs to consult with industry experts, engage in constructive dialogue and consider the ramifications of this policy on the ratepayers they serve,” Nathaniel says.

MPA NSW has called on Premier the Hon. Chris Minns and his Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Ron Hoenig, to instruct these LGAs to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Local Government Act.

Image courtesy of KWON JUNHO on Unsplash.

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