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Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
Release October 2004
Hi SOS Members
Earlier this week I was commenting to an acquaintance that prospects
for our cause are starting to look extremely bleak. The evidence is growing
that we are facing a craze of international dimensions. The NSW State Government
is starting to backtrack and return to its high density policies. In other states
Our Suburbs in Victoria has suspended all cooperation with the Victorian State
Government as the planning crisis there deepens;
Our Suburbs Canberra put in a magnificent effort before the ACT election to
put pressure on the new administration. They have got nowhere - high density
is to be inflicted onto 30% of each suburb;
- In the
USA more and more states are starting high-density projects in spite of plentiful
evidence of the harmful nature of high density in respect of all sorts of
factors such as air pollution, congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and noise.
Are we going
to give up? No! In the last 24 hours two lights have appeared in the tunnel.
- The NSW
Auditor-General has reported something that we have been predicting for years.
He says there is not enough provision by public enterprises supplying electricity
and water to replace and upgrade assets. The State Planning Department (now
"DIPNR") told me in 1999 that Urban Consolidation saves on infrastructure
costs - cramming more people into existing areas means new electricity, water,
sewerage, stormwater and road infrastructure does not have to be built. I
countered by maintaining that all they are doing is overloading existing infrastructure.
Now we are seeing the result. Power failures, water shortages, overflowing
sewers and congested roads. The degradation of our quality of life.
- A strong
public reaction is emerging against the new zoning proposals we told you about
in our last news-email (23 October) which will allow multiunits in areas zoned
for single residential. On Radio 2GB Alan Jones this morning discussed the
proposal. He quoted Minister Dianne Beamer as saying "I have no problem
with villas, townhouses and single lot dwellings all being included in one
zoning". Alan maintained Minister Beamer is completely discredited, quoting
such fiascos as the Orange Grove affair. I phoned in (about 6.20 this morning)
and decried this assault on the democratic right of communities (through their
councils) to determine the character of neighbourhoods. Alan asked "where
does she get this from?" I said the move is part of an agenda pushed
by her department (DIPNR). He responded "she is too weak to oppose this"
and maintained that the public will not take this any more and will rise up
against such impositions.
SOS member Jean Posen tells me she heard John Laws interviewing Diane Beamer.
Jean then went on the air and John Laws gave her a good hearing. Jean is right
up there knowing her facts about SEPP 5 etc.
We need to keep the momentum going. No one is going to fix the looming menace
that will destroy our Australian way of life unless we get up and do something
ourselves. That is lots of us - not just isolated voices.
Please take an interest.
in to the radio stations such as:
2GB 873 (Alan Jones): phone 131 873
2UE 954 (Mike Carlton and John Laws): phone 3131 332
ABC 702 (Angela Catterns): phone 8333 1000
to your daily and weekly newspapers and magazines
more good news stories. Please let us know if you have success.
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