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Save Our Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
News Release August 2003

Urban Consolidation message to Parliament

We have sent the following message to each member of parliament.

From: Votergram
To: Votergram for you
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 6:04 PM
Subject: State Infrastructure


(Thank you for reading & acting on this Votergram. To respond please click Reply to Sender. Copy to please so that other voters will appreciate what you & your party do.)

Sydney's busting to pee in the sea, or worse (SMH 5.8.03). However the increases in population really would be better off inland or in smaller coastal cities where the water and air are clean.

A parliamentary inquiry has now noted the strain that urban consolidation is putting on the system. What a turnabout! In a letter to me in February 2000 the then Minister of Planning, Dr Refshauge maintained that high density housing saves costs that would otherwise have to be spent on providing water and sewerage infrastructure to serve new growth sectors. He wasn't of course doing anything like enough to maintain, let alone enhance the existing system. However Save Our Suburbs and a good percentage of the voters know that it is far more cost-effective to put new infrastructure into new urban development areas than to try to upgrade existing infrastructure with all the problems associated with digging up pipes in busy roads.

By new development areas we mean balanced state development including satellite cities and the development of regional NSW where environmental degradation will be replaced by environmental enhancement. When we provide for it inland, sewage does not go near the ocean or waterways. It is recycled for productive agricultural use as it has been in other countries for decades. Today, many modern service industries can work as well in Dubbo as in Drummoyne.

We call on all Members of Parliament to encourage the Government to cease the destructive development of Sydney for private exploitation and to develop the remainder of the state so that we have at least 10 major cities - Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Albury, Tamworth, Armidale, Wagga, Bathurst/ Orange, Dubbo, Pt. Macquarie. Then NSW will begin to look like a real international destination with a far more diverse and balanced production base than if concentrated in Sydney.

Tony Recsei
Save Our Suburbs (SOS)

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