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Will our cities never stop growing?

These days, city living feels much more difficult than it used to be. It seems everyone has a ‘town planning’ issue or gripe. What’s yours?

This animation explores why we need to break from a system of endless economic and population growth. Otherwise, our neighbourhoods will never be dense enough, our cities will never stop sprawling and we will never catch up with the infrastructure backlog. We think it is high time to do something about it.

PopCulture – a compilation of challenges.

Traffic congestion (on our roads and trains)…Housing affordability (or lack thereof)…Youth unemployment….overstretched services such as schools and health care…just SOME of the impacts of population policy as dictated by big business and the growth lobbies. This is why we need an educated, aware and vocal PopCulture movement!

Please share this video, start the conversations, or join a movement such as Sustainable Population Australia that advocates for a sustainable and stable post growth society.

Tough Crowd – Rod Quantock and Jude Perl

SPA presents the first episode of ‘Tough Crowd’, a series of interviews between loved comedian Rod Quantock with other comedians, entertainers, environmentalists, politicians etc, on the challenges of talking about population in wider society.

Jude Perl (comedian and musician) talks about her decision not to have children and some of the difficult conversations she has had with her friends and family. This include a special live performance of her song ‘Let’s Hang Out’.

TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Traffic congestion just keeps getting worse in our capital cities.  Imagine how bad it will be if Melbourne and Sydney’s populations double to 8 million by 2050.  It has been predicted that the Victorian government will have to spend so much on road infrastructure over the next 20 years there will be very little money left over for anything else (such as schools, hospitals and other essential services). Many of us are trying to avoid the clogged freeways by taking public transport, but the trains are also getting clogged up. 

Whilst politicians and experts tell us that the solutions involve costly tollways, expensive tunnels, and freeway extensions that decimate our suburbs, parks and tress, perhaps there is a better solution.  What if our cities were to stop growing? This would relieve us of the necessity to build ever more roads and train lines.

Politicians tell us that growth is good, and that skilled, non refugee migration is essential for our economy. But they never consider the true costs of growth. For example, Australia may need to spend $1.5 trillion dollars over the next 40 years on infrastructure alone!

A better and more cost effective solution would be to put pressure on our leaders to adopt stable population policies to relive our roads (and ourselves) of even more congestion and stress.

Ever rising classroom sizes – unpacked!

Australia’s education system is struggling to keep up with the rate of our population growth. We are expecting 650 000 more students by 2026.

An additional 750 new schools will need to be built in under a decade. This will cost us up to another $11 billion on top of the $41 billion we already spend on the education system.

Australia is facing similar crises with our hospitals and other essential public services because we cannot keep up with population growth. Australia has one of the fastest grow rates in the OECD.

We are growing by the size of a new Canberra each year.

Given falling academic results in Australian schools in recent years, it would be better to put government money towards a quality education program. However population growth forces governments to spend a greater proportion of funds on concrete and mortar to build more schools for ever more people. Falling grades, long wait lists, and large, high rise schools with poor amenities are some of the consequences if government budgets cannot keep up with infrastructure demands.

It is important that we put pressure on our governments to lower population targets for the sake of the education of our children and future generations.

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

Join or donate to Sustainable Population Australia (www.population.org.au/donation)

Talk to your family and friends about the impacts of population growth and the role that the high level of immigration has on population growth

Email, write or meet personally with your local politician requesting that immigration level be reduced to 70,000 per year.

Lobby the government to increase foreign aid for family planning programs.

Support international family planning programs (e..g. as a carbon offset mechanism when you fly).

Vote for a political party with a policy to reduce immigration.

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