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Meeting today, Saturday 8 November: How Big For Sydney

At 2pm at the Glebe Town Hall, listen to guest speakers Jack Mundey, Jill Green of STEP, Tony Recsei of Save Our Suburbs & William Bourke of the Sustainable Population Party. They will ask:

  • What are the risks associated with adding another 3.5 million people to Sydney?
  • Why are sprawl and high density presented as the only options?
  • Are extreme levels of housing unaffordability placing an unfair burden on the City's young?
  • What will be the impacts upon our surrounding native flora and fauna? ...

Come along and ask your own questions.

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Former NSW state architect Chris Johnson has forecast Sydney needs to build 100 new high-rise apartment towers a year for the next 50 years to "protect suburban life from being ruined by over-development as the city’s population grows". “Five thousand new towers, containing 110 apartments each, would provide 550,000 new homes — that will accommodate only a third of our planned population growth over the next 50 years,’’ Mr Johnson said.

Daily Telegraph: High time for Sydney as population swells

What about food bowls, natural finite resources, open space, natural values, land for native species, and ecological systems?

Of course, nobody is politically incorrect enough to suggest winding down our generous and overwhelming net overseas migration program! That would be "locking up", xenophobic, or even "racist"!

Fundamentally people who adhere to the cornucopia myth might accept that animals become extinct, but when it come to humanity, they believe that there is enough matter and energy on the Earth to provide for the ever-rising population of the world.

There are no limits to human growth, and goodness and abundance for all. Planners and economist believe that our cities must never stop sprawling, and growing taller. It seems that most politicians think that the environment is such a horn, full of natural abundance, an endless supply of resources to allow society to expand indefinitely.

Continuous economic growth, of course, is rooted in the fantasy of Cornucopia! It's assumed that a well-planned city will work the miracles of maintaining our city's liveability, and living standards, and all the qualities of the past, yet at the same time still continually increase our population without compounding debt, traffic congestion, rising costs of living, unemployment and crime.

The cornupopia ideal is a myth, and nothing finite can be filled forever. We must eventually end the growth-based economic model for the more realistic and sustainable one of a steady-state model. Any country, city or land mass is finite, and can't keep supporting endless population growth and the consumption that's required. Instead of addressing our politically-engineered population growth, people always talk about more "infrastructure" such as public transport and housing, and avoid the elephant in the room!