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
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.
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.