An article published recently by news.com.au with the headline ‘Previously off-limits areas of southeast Queensland may need developing due to population explosion’ went almost unnoticed.
This article as of 10 March, 2014 had no comments from readers even though a number of them will be directly affected by this in the future.
People in the Bribie Island, Glass House Mountains and the Pumicestone Passage – could possibly see their backyards go from pristine farming and tourism areas, to roadways hustling and bustling with too many cars and barely functioning overloaded public transport surrounded by high-density housing.
Population growth predictions were now 15 per cent higher, mainly due to migration from overseas.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the region’s population as at 2011 was 3.05 million.
“Any new greenfield areas have to be accessible in some way to the centre of the region by road and public transport,” Mr Humphreys said.
He said the huge cost of developing public transport infrastructure meant it was important to locate new greenfield areas along existing or planned road and rail corridors.
Mr Humphreys said the region must also examine other “sacred cows” such as biodiversity corridors “to see if they can be reconfigured and still meet ecological outcomes”.
Isn’t now the time to enter serious discussion and debate on what is good for the area and the type of future lifestyle and environment you want for you and your kids?
Putting the environment aside for a moment, how big does a population in any one area need to be before it is too big?
A village or community with 100 to 1,000 people in it has way more value on each individual compared to a population of 1,000,000 to 10,000,000.
A death in a small community makes headlines, a death in a large city usually doesn’t.
Back to the environment.
Bindi Irwin famously wrote an essay she was invited to write for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-journal which was drastically edited before it was to be published.
In it, she wrote: “How is it possible that a fragile planet can sustain these masses of people?”
She also pointed out that she believed earth was supposed to sustain 1.5 billion people, but 7 billion showed up.
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