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

AGM and a cunning move part 3

Hi SOS Members

Please see the SOS September newsletter which gives notice of the SOS Inc AGM.

Time: 2.00 pm on Saturday 22 October
Place: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

The guest speaker will be Peter R Jensen, until recently a senior commissioner with the Land and Environment Court. The topic of Peter's talk will be "Decentralisation".

The heartening responses to the Daily Telegraph article on Newman of 22 September continue. The Tele printed five more letters today, four of them anti-Newman's policies and one against population increase. This letter needs some explanation - it is also anti-Newman although this is not immediately apparent. The confusion results from the original misleading Tele headline implying that Newman considers that Sydney is "full up". In fact Newman used the words "full up" not to mean no more people but to call for no release of new land anywhere at all. However he also calls for no limits on population expansion, as he made clear at a recent North Sydney public meeting. The inevitable outcome of more people and no more space in which to put them is his policy of a perpetual increase in high-density. Today's (26th Sept) Tele letters are reproduced below.


Tough times ahead as numbers keep rising

Congratulations on your editorial of September 23 headed "Sydney's cup runneth over". Sustainability Commissioner Peter Newman is right: Sydney is indeed "full up".

Indeed, with poor public transport and high petrol prices, Sydney may become unworkable. Food costs are likely to soar as fresh food has to be shipped in, urban development having concreted over most of the market gardens in the Sydney Basin. And climate change may see a similar drying of the region that Perth has already experienced.

We are in for some tough times. Further growth is not the answer. Sydney has to develop a localised, steady-state economy that ensures as good a quality of life as emerging conditions allow.

Jenny Goldie, Sustainable Population Australia Inc, Michelago

To suggest that Sydney is somehow running out of land and resources can only be described as ideological baloney. What Sydney has definitely run out of is affordable housing, and NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor is taking the honourable and courageous decision, in doing something about it.

The Demographia International. Housing Affordability Survey 2005 ( www.demographia. com) clearly illustrates that the Sydney couple on the median household income would have to pay $350,000 more to house themselves than their counterparts in the US cities of Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

The young people of Sydney are not getting a fair deal.

Hugh Pavletich, Christchurch, NZ

Whether or not Sydney is full, the city's resources are overstretched and in the meantime, where is the increasing population to be housed?
Why not follow the European model and build up our country towns? Europe is full of vibrant towns and cities with populations less than Adelaide. Only London and Paris are larger than Sydney. The Premier and the Planning Minister should be well aware of the possibilities.
Jeannette Tsoulos, West Pymble

High-density housing for Sydney must be stopped. Well planned satellite cities are needed to relieve traffic and human congestion, and pressure on the water supply, electricity and sewerage system. Where is the long-term planning, instead of politically expedient short-term disasters?
Margaret Ratcliffe, St Ives

Restrictions on the release of new land are causing Sydney to become a city of haves and have-nots. Those who have are pleased at the increase in the value of their homes. The have-nots see their dream of home ownership fading into the distance. Can we build a civil society when so many people feel helpless?
Grata Behrmann, Neutral Bay

Tony Recsei

President, Save Our Suburbs

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