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True to form, Victorian Libs to increase urban sprawl

November 30, 2010

Owners of urban fringe land in Melbourne are licking their chops at the change of government given Ted Baillieu’s commitment to increase urban sprawl, releasing more land on Melbourne’s fringe. Melbourne already has a low rate of urban consolidation with 50 per cent of new housing starts on the fringe compared with 30 per cent in Sydney where good planning has resulted in more infill development along transport corridors and near existing infrastructure.

Expect the same from Barry O’Farrell in NSW given his commitment to hand planning powers back to local councils, an action that will result in an immediate reduction in urban consolidation and more urban sprawl. That is, an inefficient use of land.

  1. Riccardo permalink
    December 8, 2010 1:12 pm

    So Bob, where’s the good transport to match this “good planning”?

    Was it Egan, or Costa, or who? that killed all the transport plans. 16 to date isn’t it?

    The ALP right always whinging about the Greens and how they are ‘not concerned’ with the daily lives of ordinary people – but the right seem to leave the daily train or bus to work out of their implied ‘concern’.

  2. Bob Carr permalink
    December 8, 2010 3:05 pm

    Heard of nearly a billion dollars of bus freeways in Western Sydney ? Ever travelled on air-conditioned bus Liverpool to Parramatta enjoying freeway conditions ? The Epping to Chatswood rail project was the biggest urban rail project in Australia. No extra rail was built under the previous coalition government in NSW. We completed Sydney’s ring road system, from the Eastern Distributor to the 42k M7 West Link, the biggest urban road project Australia’s ever seen. Sydney has by far the highest proportion of it’s population using public transport of any Australian capital and, currently, far better on-time running than Melbourne. I could go on.

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