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Save Our Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
News Release November 2005

City Vision

Hi SOS Members


As part of our ongoing war with the overdevelopment lobby we featured yesterday (Mon 7th Nov 2005) on Michael Duffy's Counterpoint program. The program included a section on urban consolidation in which Professor Patrick Troy and I were interviewed live yesterday afternoon. If you missed the program and wish to hear what was said, it is being rebroadcast at 9.45 pm tonight (Tues 8th Nov 2005) on Radio National 576 - the program starts after the 9 o'clock news. Alternatively you can listen to it on your computer:

How to listen using your computer?

On your web browser copy in the address:

When the resulting webpage pops up on your screen you will see:
Monday 7 November 2005
Listen | Real Media | Windows Media.

Turn on your computer speakers and click "Windows Media" (or "Real Media" if you have that system on your computer). The program will start playing. If you want to get to our bit, fast forward to 39 minutes on the progress bar. It will be beneficial if you can encourage the ABC to give the subject of overdevelopment more exposure. This is very easy. Send them an email about the program by copying in the address:

and follow the prompts on the screen. This will help keep the subject alive and in front. We can do it. The quality and quantity of letters that were sent in response to the "Sydney isn't full, so lets stop the rot" Sydney Morning Herald article was fabulous.


Professor Peter Newman has been very active publicising his forthcoming appearance in the City Vision talk at the Sydney Town Hall this evening, 6.30 pm, Tuesday 8 November . He must have issued press releases - he was mentioned by Alan Jones this morning. From what was said, it appears Peter Newman will be suggesting a fast railway from the West into the city as phoney bait for us to accept high-density.

Only 10% of jobs are now in the city and anyway, 80% of journeys are not work related. The reality is that for most journeys undertaken (such as travelling to work outside the city centre, recreational activities, visiting friends, weighty shopping) public transport, if it is available, is just too inconvenient and time-consuming.

Such a railway will be very nice to have if we can afford it but unfortunately it will do little to solve Sydney's transport problems. However it must be said that a comprensive underground rail system that would be sufficiently competitive with cars in Sydney could theoretically be built. There is a small problem. The estimate is it would cost some $1,400 billion to build. The New South Wales State budget is only $40 billion per annum. To operate such a system would cost $155 billion per year - that is $45,000 for each man, woman and child in Sydney. Pie in the sky. See what I mean by phoney bait to get us to accept high-density? You can fool people some of the time but you can't fool them all the time.

Tony Recsei

President, Save Our Suburbs

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