Our deservedly respected local ABC Radio broadcaster often defends the population growth in Australia and points out how our city has changed for the good by such population growth. He speaks even more strongly with, do we want to go back to sleepy and boring Melbourne that we once were? I am with him up to a point, but before such monstrous population growth that is having an extreme impact on our lives, there was the 1980s, and maybe I would like to turn the clock back.
In the 1980s we could freely drive around our metropolis with minimal delay among quite competent, though perhaps speeding drivers. We could hop on a tram or get on a train and there would be a vacant seat to sit on. I now have to calculate about how to get a seat on a tram. Similar for trains.
We could go to an outer suburban park, choose a public barbeque and seats and have a lovely family gathering. I expect, nay know, we would now have to send an advance scout to take up a position.
In Myers as it was then known, we would be served, before extreme cost cutting arrived and the lad said to you, I am here only for one brand, so he is not store staff.
Massive roads are built and existing ones widened. New trains and underground train tunnels are under construction. We are suffering very badly from the consequences and may well not live long enough to reap the benefits.
As I have said in the past, the Australian economic model is built on a Ponzi scheme of increasing population.
Housing it taking over land that was once for wildlife, vegetable growing areas and what were supposed to sacrosanct Green Wedges, only to make outer suburban housing ghetto developments. In my mother's hometown I see what is being built on the old racecourse. Cheek by jowl, no public amenities, all the houses look the same, although it is hard to tell as they are almost indistinguishable. (I really like that last line)
Tourists, do come and see kangaroos hopping down our streets, except they won't be places you will want to visit. They will be following old paths that are now houses and streets.
Meanwhile, in inner suburban areas, also massive increases in the population have happened, and will go on at a fierce pace. Already services can't cope with the numbers.
This is not a post about immigration. It is about population growth and it needs to stop forthwith, and housing and rental prices need a good belting. Perhaps it is time for another recession we had to have.
Of course, in such expansionary times, wouldn't you think your basic cafe/care worker would be doing well? No, there is also a huge exploitation of labour underway that comes with large population growth.
At times I am pleased to be older and won't be around to see even worse to happen.