Melbourne’s West revolts against Crush … Why not here?

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PHOTO: Tarneit is about 30 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. (ABC News: Gemma Hall) October 2019

View Copy: ‘In Tarneit on Melbourne’s fringe, the Australian dream has become a suburban nightmare’

Slowly but surely, Melbourne’s extreme population growth, which has seen the city’s population balloon by more than one million people (26%) in a decade, is threatening to overthrow another state government!

Melbourne’s West revolts against population crush

By Leith van Onselen in Australian Economy

March 9, 2020 | 12 comments

‘Slowly but surely, Melbourne’s extreme population growth, which has seen the city’s population balloon by more than one million people (26%) in a decade, is threatening to overthrow another state government’

CAAN: WHY has the Andrews Government bought this?

WHEN it is largely due to the policies created by the Liberal Coalition/Rich Listers: UHNW/HNW foreign buyers/Property Council of Australia for the Population/Housing PONZI … that’s why!

AND in Sydney! In Sydney’s West, NorthWestern and SouthWestern suburbs … with the Greenfields Housing Code lots as tiny as 200M2 X 6M wide!

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CAAN Photo: The Ponds suburb approx. 40 Km north-west of Sydney CBD in the Blacktown LGA, part of the Hills District. Tiny lots of 200M2 X 6M wide under the Greenfields Housing Code; promoted as affordable housing but what it really means huge profit gains for developers by cutting lot sizes down from 500 or 600M2.

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CAAN Photo: July 2018 in the midst of the drought and yet there appears to be a water issue here between 2 dwellings!

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CAAN Photo: The Ponds; They all look the same on either side of Hambledon Road. Brown, fawn or grey and black brick or concrete/polystyrene clad box developments.

Developers with a small range of designs and little variation can also max their profits through job lots for the builds including fittings … With commentator description: All need air con no eaves small yards. Hot boxes of death
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CAAN Photo: “The Ponds” … despite being 40Km north west of the Sydney CBD it seems to go on forever and ever … oh boy are they packin’ ‘em in!!

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CAAN Photo: ‘The Ponds’. At the rear of this home a very narrow passageway with little room to squeeze past the water heater; backing onto the neighbour.

The Ponds was formerly Defence land and farming land. Sadly the northern stretch of the Cumberland Plain Woodland was savaged for farming.

As we have seen with Bardia near Liverpool.

Sydney is rapidly losing its peri urban farmlands and Koala habitat, fauna and flora in Riverstone, Rouse Hill, Box Hill, Penrith, and in the Macarthur and Wollondilly with Mt Gilead, Menangle, and Wilton to developers.

The crush: Redfern is Sydney's sixth busiest station.

Photo: SMH: The crush: Redfern is Sydney’s sixth busiest station.CREDIT:BEN RUSHTON September 2019

Patronage on Sydney's rail network is surging.

Photo: SMH: Patronage on Sydney’s rail network is surging.CREDIT:RYAN STUART November 2019

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Photo: SMH Sydney trains packed to the gills esp. on Western Sydney rail lines
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LOOKS like it is time SYDNEY … to revolt against the Population Crush!!

EXTRACT ‘Melbourne’s West revolts against population crush’

Now Labor’s own heart land in the city’s West is in revolt over extreme population growth and is reportedly “set to turn its back on the ALP”:

The Victorian Labor party could lose its grip on its western Melbourne heartlands as voters on the city’s fringes are increasingly squeezed out by population growth, a former key ALP strategist has warned.

Traditionally safe seats, including Werribee held by State Treasurer Tim Pallas, will become vulnerable to independent politicians appealing to new residents of the growing outer suburbs who are feeling all the pain of Melbourne’s phenomenal growth but little of its benefits.

Simon Welsh, who led the research effort for Labor’s resounding 2018 victory, says evidence is mounting that the electoral ground is shifting in Labor’s traditionally solid voting base in the west, as the pressure grows on house prices, local services, infrastructure and jobs

“There is now a considerable number of people living in these areas who are economically precarious, being stretched by debt and worried about job security,” Mr Welsh said.

“These are the voters delivering that hit on the Labor primary.”

The Labor man concedes his party is working hard to bring infrastructure and services for the west, but that the government was playing catch-up.

“The prevailing narrative for people living in these areas is one of neglect,” Mr Welsh said.

“Not four years of neglect, but decades.

“Meanwhile, people keep arriving in the estates and are felt to be in competition for local services and infrastructure.

“I’ve seen this type of anger and sense of neglect many times before when doing political research in regional areas that have turned their backs on the major parties and swung to independent or minor party candidates,” he writes.

“All the same ingredients are there in Melbourne’s growth suburbs.”

While it is early days, the Andrews Labor Government could be the next victim of Melbourne’s manic immigration-fueled growth as infrastructure fails, housing becomes increasingly expensive, and quality of life plunges.

Leith Van OnselenLeith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.