We hear that Perth now has a ‘footprint’ the size of Los Angeles but for a tiny fraction of the population! The natural environment setting for the ’Swan River Colony’ has been completely obliterated and a vast area of the adjacent coastal plain together with it, all in less than five generations. Not only are those very scary statistics, but Perth seems to be sprawling even further by the month apparently uncontrolled. Further to drive for everyone, especially from the tiny boxes on tiny sites that we young people can afford.
Surely some organisation must be held ‘ACCOUNTABLE’ for this? We seem to have ‘Planning’ Departments and offices all over the place and so called ‘Urban Planners’ seem highly paid as new graduates. Why? What do all these people actually learn and what do they do?
They sure don’t do what I would regard as actual PLANNING of what happens on the ground elsewhere in the world. Maybe they just research statistics, learn about and administer an elaborate set of laws to control ‘setbacks’ and the shape of backyards, but they certainly aren’t doing sensible Planning that I can see for the future of Perth and WA.
This has all happened under successive State Governments of different colours, so it isn’t just down to the politicians. They at least surely would have gathered that we aren’t hip-happy people seeing our natural landscapes disappear under asphalt and concrete. We now have to drive further and further from home for everything. Even out into the bush to have break with the kids, from the ‘daily grind’ and experience the quality of life that the birds and animals have – at least those that we haven’t scared away by destroying their homes.