MELBOURNE METROPOLITAN PLANNING STRATEGY - DISCUSSION PAPER: MELBOURNE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE SUBMISSION BY LIZ BURTON
The link above is to the Herald Sun and they have a huge part of the paper taken up by Agenda Victoria a call by a coalition of prominent business men. What they say is of course true, they say what we have been saying about our infrastructure which is overstretched to breaking point. They say it must be built, which we agree with. However not once do they mention the cause of it, which is the excessive increase of population we have been drowning under for at least 10 years. Fine to now try to catch infrastructure up but remember that each new person is estimated to cost $200,000 for infrastructure. The way we are going we will never catch up, meantime we keep building up and we keep building out and we keep being unhappy as we see our Marvellous Melbourne being damaged.
Here is the population news - we are growing faster than even India, we are growing faster than any other developed country at 1.7 percent ie 1048 a day and 60% of that are migrants. NO need to wonder why they keep building houses and why our roads and trains and hospitals are overcrowded and our lifestyle being crowded out.
SUSTAINABLE POPULATION AUSTRALIA MEDIA RELEASE THIS FOLLOWS ON THE STORY ABOUT REACHING 23 MILLION SEE WHAT TREASURY SECRETARY HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT
On Sunday the 21st April the Museum Management and the Residents of the Cities of Yarra and Melbourne gathered at the Museum for the launch of
FRIENDS OF THE ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING AND CARLTON GARDENS ‘YOUR WORLD HERITAGE SITE”
TIME TO SPEAK UP ON THIS - NOT A HOPE OF GETTING PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT RIGHT WITH THIS SITUATION, LET ALONE ROADS AND TRAINS AND SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS ETC, APART FROM THE ENVIRONMENT
Dr Albert Bartlett of the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado USA speaks on Arithmetic Population and Energy listen on youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umFnrvcS6AQ
Sydney is having real pain as democracy is whittled away and soon people will have no control about what happens to next door as 80% of development will be as of right. By comparison Melbourne is democratic and Marvellous.
See what the President of SOS Sydney says below and in the FinReview.
Link to the Age article on the road and train overcrowding and the statement that it is the population increase. Remember what Bob Birrell of Monash says - every 2 more people is 1 more car. Then here is my letter to the Age in response but true to form the Age bosses wont touch population, I think they want the increase to keep on going.
This below was just sent to me by the Guardian in England
We are not the only country suffering overcrowding - but then they are swamped with migrants too. People there also are crying out to have the doors shut and bolted. Have you thought about whether some of our blocks of tiny flats here in Melbourne are substandard too?
As MPs vote on loosening planning rules for private homes, Riba warns social housing review could result in people living without enough space or light