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separation revealed geographically (Sydney
Morning Herald, Dec 17th 2005)
tale of two Sydneys: affluent versus aspiring"
- where high density failed (Australian
Financial Review, Dec 16th 2005)
reality in high density"
Australian , Dec 10th 2005)
Urban Sprawl Finds Defenders"
density living in Paris (Daily
Telegraph, Dec 7th 2005)
lowdown on higher density
tracks down allies
Open Spaces (The
Australian, Nov 23rd 2005)
put wise to wide, open spaces
Financial Review, Nov 22nd 2005)
closed on home ownership
Nov 4th 2005)
(26th September Daily Telegraph)
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".
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.
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.
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
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.
young people of Sydney are not getting a fair deal.
Pavletich, Christchurch, NZ
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
Grata Behrmann, Neutral Bay
Daily Telegraph 24 September 2005, page 24
of us would turn
Sydney into a rats' nest
We have to take action to stop turning Sydney from one of the most liveable
cities in the world into a congested rats' nest.
Peter Newman's warning that pending housing releases for Sydney should
be the last should be heeded, but it is only part of the story.
There will be little gained if what we do is try to push more and more
people into existing Sydney boundaries - such consolidation will only
lead to more and more congestion and a more rapid decline in Sydney's
liveability. If we can justify increasing numbers on the basis of growth
and increased standards of living, then we have to build new satellite
cities from scratch and offset those costs against any economic benefits
claimed - only then can we start to make more informed decisions.
There is no future in trying to retrofit higher densities into suburbs
with inadequate infrastructure, as present plans persist in trying to
Michael Gillian, Ettalong Beach
'Development must cease if we are to survive’
It was very pleasing to read that finally someone has voiced to the State
Government that development must cease in Sydney if we are to survive.
I say this as a tenant who wishes to one day own his own home knowing-that
ceasing development will push prices up but it must stop before we see
our beloved Sydney totally overcrowded and destroyed.
It makes me angry to hear greedy money-hungry developers are against any
move to stop the sprawl purely so they can line their own pockets by building
cramped new developments with minimal infrastructure.
What we need to concentrate on is possibly creating new inland cities
utilising new environmental ideas and principles and urge newcomers to
embrace new ways such as total recycling and rebuilding our diminishing
industries. Please save Sydney and urge development in new areas that
can sustain it.
Eric Mooyrnan, Brighton-le-Sands
Build satellite cities
Sydney is too full? You bet, but the solution is not to stuff more people
in the inner city. That will not alleviate water problems or pressure
What about satellite cities? What about regional /country development?
What about a modest decrease in immigration rates so our population increase
is manageable? What about some real solutions?
Recipe for pollution
Professor Peter Newman urges that no more land releases be made ("Sydney
is full," Daily Telegraph, September 22). But he has frequently made
it clear that he believes there should be no limits on the numbers coming
into Sydney, and that all the additional people be crammed into existing
This will cause Sydney to be even more crowded and polluted.
Tony Recsei, Warrawee
Stop retrofitting us
Sydney has been overcrowded for a long time, and it has been spoilt by
high-density housing developments.
Any new increase in population must be accommodated in satellite cities,
possibly in I the Southern Highlands, properly environmentally designed
We can do without all the problems resulting from retrofitting higher
densities on to suburbs with infrastructure that was originally designed
for lower densities of population.
Fred Rost Ashfield
cuts and stuns (Australian
Financial Review, July 28th 2005)
doctors depart the scene
told on Carr as disasters mounted (Daily
Telegraph, July 28th 2005)
doctors depart the scene
Incompetence - "It'sa Costa Plenty!" (Lane
Cove Village Observer, July 6th 2005)
Incompetence - "It'sa Costa Plenty!" (by Lane Cove Tunnel
Action Group Inc.)
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