Urban Health may take precedence over Development

CAAN Photo: Parkview second development; Herring Road Precinct, Macquarie Park; neighbour to the site of former Ivanhoe Estate. Photo taken from a distant reserve through the trees

DESPITE a recent history of pandemics reaching Australia the property sector through its lobby groups have changed government policies throughout the 2000s to boost population growth through migration and create a housing market for them.

Storey upon storey … as high as 63 … 80 storeys, how can the open spaces provided prove to be adequate to prevent transmission of communicable disease through close public areas of foyers, lifts, gyms, pools, boutiques?

And air-conditioning throughout these towers?

A recent report from the UN reveals that more than 90% of CoronaVirus cases have come from urban areas.  And Melbourne and Sydney with much higher densities have largely shared Australia’s cases of CoronaVirus …

Pharmaceuticals and biomedicine have not been adequate to address this Pandemic alone … and in order to combat it we have had to return to isolation principles!

In the second half of the 19th Century a movement came about for urban reform of industrial cities not only for better sanitation but recognition of the value of ventilation for fresh air and light …

However, during this recent Australian housing boom through deregulation and loss of adherence to Australian Standards with many high-rise apartment developments not only cramming hundreds of people together but room sizes have been cut, and in some cases windows either eliminated, or unable to be opened!

It would appear ‘Urban Planning’ needs to be resurrected to ensure the health and well-being of inhabitants otherwise ‘prosperity’ may have no meaning …

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CAAN Photo; April 2020; Parkview ; vegetation cleared from site; Herring Road Precinct, Macquarie Park

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