Within The Highrise are 128 apartments. There are a couple of one bedroom, maybe one third are two bedroom and the rest are three bedroom. Most of the three bedroom have a bathroom and an en suite, although some opted for a walk in wardrobe instead of the en suite and nearly half would have both.
Just guessing, that might be say two people per apartment showering each morning between 6am and 8.30am and we never run out of hot water. The system is designed to cope with such a peak load. I seem to recall our hot water system can supply something like 80,000 litres of hot water an hour. I also believe there are two boilers and if one fails the other can almost keep up the supply. You could describe our hot water system as gold plated and why should it not be. When everyone wants hot water at once, it can supply it.
I once heard former Prime Minister Gillard criticise the private companies that supply our electricity. She said they were driving up the price of power by gold plating the electric production and delivery system. I could scarcely believe my ears. Did she mean that it was wrong to have an electricity system that can reliably supply power on the hottest of days so that we can stay cool? Surely that is the point of having air conditioning and surely is what we expect our power suppliers to deliver.
You could probably now describe Melbourne's water system as gold plated, with the huge and idle water desalination plant sitting there as a back up to our supply.
Melbourne's roads could almost be described as gold plated. Our roads are quite well designed and a lot of money is spent on them. That they can get horribly congested is another matter.
What is not gold plated, not silver plated, not even bronze plated, but perhaps plastic plated is our public transport. The train system breaks down frequently and is incredibly slow. Our tram speed averages are among the lowest in the world and trams spend more time sitting at red lights than trams in other systems around the world.
Many bus services are of such poor frequency, they are unusable by anyone other than those with plenty of time on their hands.
After seeing how public transport works in Europe and even to a lesser degree in England, our public transport is hopeless and it will never be any good until a proper commitment is made to improving it, and I don't mean tinkering at the edges or just buying smart looking new vehicles. How nice are the centres of European cities with a focus on pedestrians, cyclists and public transport and not floods of cars in the streets.
Cycle ways are another area that is far from being gold plated. In spite of this we have seen a huge growth in the number of both recreational and commuter cycling.
Our medical care is far from perfect and yet its best aspect, almost free health care for all, will be destroyed by our conservative federal government, driving health care towards a US model, which has dismally failed the people of US.
Education is another and care for the environment are two more areas sadly lacking.
This is a rich country and there is no reason why everything can't be of a high standard.
I found this video about Zurich quite interesting. I did not intend spending nine minutes watching it, but I am pleased I did. Not everything done in Zurich can work for Melbourne or Australia, but with some thinking and planning, we could do it all oh so much better.
Zurich: Where People Are Welcome and Cars Are Not from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.