URBAN INFILL UTOPIA is Baking Our Cities under CONCRETE!

NOT where the Harbourside Huxters live … so it’s all good … not in their backyard …

MORE CONCRETE EVIDENCE … from these Professionals …

TODAY reports that Macquarie Park had one of the highest pollution readings … trapped between the towers …

Macquarie Park Sydney East Air Quality.

190 Unhealthy
Updated on Tuesday 18:00

Urban infill utopia is baking our cities under concrete

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Property

December 10, 2019 | 10 comments

For years, the development industry and urban planners have called for Australia’s supposedly underutilised middle-ring suburbs to be bulldozed for apartments and townhouses in order to house the many millions of extra migrants projected to inundate our cities over coming decades:

This transformation into a dense urban form is to be most stark in Sydney, where the Urban Taskforce projects that only one quarter of dwellings will be detached houses in 2057, down significantly from 55% currently:

This transformation will obviously also see reduced access to green space, according to Infrastructure Australia’s modelling, as Melbourne’s and Sydney’s populations balloon to a projected 7.3 million and 7.4 million people by 2046 (see last row below):

*An issue conveniently ignored by these geniuses is that in addition to eroding all markers of liveability (see above), their urban infill utopia will also make our cities hotter, causing increased heat-related deaths.

Brisbane's older suburbs are more likely to have green spaces and leafy tree cover, cooling streets and homes.

Brisbane’s older suburbs are more likely to have green spaces and leafy tree cover, cooling streets and homes.CREDIT:AAP

That’s the view of Tony Matthews – a senior lecturer in urban and environmental planning at Griffith University – who recently penned the following:

*“Heat stress actually causes more deaths in Australia than all of the other natural disasters combined”…

Middle-ring suburbs were more likely to be the leafy, cool retreats created by postwar architecture and planting…

“The real problem comes when we try and increase densities, which we have done in a suburban context through a quality called urban consolidation,” he said.

“And that has been taken up through most of the capital cities, all of the capital cities, in fact.

*“It’s squeezing more floorspace out of less land, so that’s why we’re seeing so many apartments, so many townhouses, we’re also seeing a reduction in block sizes from maybe 700 metres or 650 metres to 400 metres.”

Squeezing more properties onto land means there is less room for parks, trees, or anything other than constructed buildings, he said.

The result is dense, urban fringe suburbs with little greenery and houses with no gardens, parks reduced in size as competition for tenancy grows…

“What I feel we have done with these suburbs is we have locked them into a pattern of heat stress, limited outdoor activity, limited use of the public realm, and all of the problems that come with that because they’re not green enough and in some cases they don’t have the potential to be any greener,” Dr Matthews said.

The Daily Telegraph also reported that “rampant” tree removal in Sydney’s North West is leading to “ecological disaster” and raising temperatures:

Sydney’s northwest is facing an “ecological disaster” as a chainsaw massacre of thousands of trees in leafy suburbs make way for new developments and send urban heat soaring.

Preliminary works on major developments in Macquarie Park and Epping are cutting down hundreds of trees as a war of words breaks out over who is to blame for the “environmental atrocity” turning suburbs into concrete jungles…

New data shows big developers and mum-and-dad investors are peppering Ryde and Parramatta councils with development applications to remove trees…

Cr Wilson said…. “when you are putting more people into a limited area, the environment is going to suffer”…

An artist impression of Cbus Property’s mixed-use development on Langston Place, Epping.
An artist impression of Cbus Property’s mixed-use development on Langston Place, Epping.

CAAN: Epping is rapidly losing its beautiful tree cover and heritage homes for like high-rise residential

*Today, the ABC reports that Australia’s cities are getting hotter through a combination of high temperatures, increasing populations and reduced open spaces, which demands urgent action to cool our cities down:

High temperatures, increasing populations and reduced open spaces are just some of the factors behind rising urban heat in Australian cities…

Professor Veronica Soebarto is chair of the Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium, which is being held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.

She said intensifying heat in Australian cities was caused by a lack of greenery, as well as concrete buildings and other hard surfaces that “radiate heat”…

An added challenge is responding to the demands of Australia’s growing population…

The infill utopia of jamming millions more people into the existing urban footprint will necessarily chew-up green space as backyards, trees and open space are removed to make way for additional dwellings. And this will necessarily exacerbate the ‘heat island’ effect afflicting our cities, in turn raising energy use (think air conditioners).

Clearly, maintaining green infrastructure in our major cities is not consistent with the projected explosion of their populations via mass immigration, along with planning rules that force increased population density.

The first best solution to this problem is to slash immigration back toward the historical average, thereby slowing the destruction of green space:

*Address the problem at its source.

Unconventional Economist

Leith 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.

Early morning light hits the skyscrapers of Melbourne's CBD, as seen from above.

PHOTO: Melbourne, like other cities, has implemented cooling strategies. (ABC News: Jane Cowan)

CAAN Photo: Macquarie Park: JQZ Prime Precinct; concrete, steel and glass emit Co2 in manufacture and ongoing use!

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/12/urban-infill-utopia-is-baking-our-cities-under-concrete/





Adelaide is experiencing a subdivision revolution, but not everyone is happy about it

OF course some people aren’t happy …


IS it because …

-it’s not really about shelter … it’s about manipulating housing as a commodity

.from 4 dwellings to 34 dwellings in one street!!

housing has become an economic instrument exercised to benefit some, but excludes those who have the highest need but can least afford it


-it’s not about better outcomes but rather about profits

ADELAIDE …. the Capital of one of the driest States in Australia!

ON top of this it seems …

-standards are being diluted
-exceptions/waivers are being granted more easily
-amenity is being compromised
-Heritage values diminished
-existing character ignored

Adelaide is experiencing a subdivision revolution, but not everyone is happy about it

By Tom Fedorowytsch


An anti-development banner hanging on a fence

PHOTO: Residents have aired their frustrations with signs. (ABC News: Tom Fedorowytsch)

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As Dian Naraniecki strolls down the quiet and leafy Myrtle Bank street she has called home for years, it’s easy to see why she and many others have, but she says its character and charm are at risk.

Key points

  • Many houses around Adelaide are being knocked down and replaced by townhouses
  • Local residents are outraged about the loss of heritage in the area
  • The change in real estate gives the opportunity for young people to move to the inner suburbs

“It’s a beautiful living street, very friendly, it’s one of the old streets — very community-minded, everyone knows everyone, we help each other with the bins, with the mail, and we always greet new residents in the street with a gathering,” Ms Naraniecki said.

*The suburb, in Adelaide’s inner-south, is filled with large bungalows with spacious gardens, but at the end of Culross Avenue, developers have moved in.

A woman stands in front of a new housing development

PHOTO: Dian Naraniecki says development is changing the face of her suburb. (ABC News)

Dotted along the street are banners and signs which read: “Help stop the carnage” and “How many a block?”

*Where four bungalows have stood for decades, dozens of townhouses will be going up.

*”We’re going to go from four dwellings to 34 dwellings,” Ms Naraniecki said.

*Her neighbours are also outraged by the loss of heritage, greenery and parking.

“They could do exactly the same size development, or probably less, but they could do a large development and make it fit within the zone,” Ms Naraniecki said.

Aside from their banners, the residents are trying to speak with the local council and engage in South Australia’s complicated development processes.

Just don’t call this group NIMBYs.

“We’re not against development, we understand there has to be development, we have to have young people in the area,” she said.

While the townhouses planned for Culross Avenue comply with planning rules, they symbolise a transformation happening all over Adelaide.

A group of residents looking at a new housing development

PHOTO: Neighbours look on over one of the developments happening at the end of their street. (ABC News: Tom Fedorowytsch )

‘Loved to death’ in Adelaide’s urban infill epicentre

North-east of Adelaide in the City of Campbelltown, Mayor Jill Whittaker regularly welcomes new residents to the area, while lending an ear to long-term homeowners outraged by development.

“Campbelltown is being loved to death because it is such a wonderful place for people to live, they want to bring up their families here,” she said.

A woman in a white jacket standing in a suburban street

PHOTO: Mayor Jill Whittaker said it was a delicate balance between character, and welcoming new residents. (ABC News)

Quiet streets have become a hive of activity, as tradies work away on new townhouses and duplexes.

“We are expected to take on more housing, more people, and it has brought some wonderful people into the city, and they are joining in, they’ve been part of the community, so there are some real positives with infill,” Ms Whittaker said.

“On the other side, we have the fact that the city is changing so rapidly, and it brings a huge number of problems as far as traffic is concerned, parking is concerned, there are disputes over fences, there are downsides to it that we are working through as a council and we’re trying to work through as quickly as we can.”

The council is planning to reduce subdivisions from five properties per block down to two or three, but it will be at the mercy of state planning laws.

Townhouse trend taking hold across the city

University of Adelaide planning expert Emma Baker said Adelaide was undergoing “massive” change, even if it was not growing as quickly as other major capitals.

“South Australia’s a very different place to what it was 100 years ago,” Professor Baker said.

“We’ve got smaller households, more of them, we’re growing slowly, and we probably want different things from our housing.”

The Adelaide skyline

PHOTO: The face of Adelaide’s suburbs is changing with new development. (ABC News)

Twenty years ago, the average block size in Adelaide was 534 square metres.

Now, most blocks are under 362 square metres — and the smallest townhouses on the market are under 60 square metres.

“We’ve moved to townhouses, but the sizes of the interiors of our houses haven’t changed overall,” she said.

However, Professor Baker said the disappearance of the backyard might free up more housing opportunities for young people trying to move to Adelaide’s inner suburbs.

It is an issue that will need to be addressed in South Australia’s new statewide planning and design code, currently undergoing consultation.

“At least in South Australia we’ve been able to plan for it, and do a proper period of consultation, and work out where we want to go,” Professor Baker said.

Adelaide’s tallest buildings now house apartments, not offices

While suburban residents cling to their car spaces and backyards, Sam Taylor and Damien Pyne have done what was once unthinkable in this city.

Two men siting in their apartment smiling at the camera

PHOTO: Damien Pyne and Sam Taylor enjoy the benefits of living close to work. (ABC News: Tom Fedorowytsch )

They’ve given up their wheels, and moved into a one-bedroom apartment near Chinatown in the Adelaide CBD.

“I don’t think it was a difficult choice,” Mr Pyne said.

“When you start to look at the numbers as well, we save quite a lot of money not owning a car, especially a car that would probably sit stagnant most of the time.”

Adelaide city skyline

PHOTO: While Adelaide has not experienced Brisbane and Melbourne’s apartment boom, there are more apartment-living options than ever before. (ABC News)

The couple has fallen in love with the coffee shop downstairs, the parklands and amenities around the corner — and the nine-minute walk to work doesn’t hurt either.

“We wanted to deliberately put pressure on ourselves to downsize and get rid of a lot of the things that we perhaps felt were extraneous,” Mr Taylor said.

“The irony is that a lot of people will say, ‘oh I could never live in an apartment because I want my land’, but if you look at the way townhouses and courtyard homes and subdivisions are happening anyway, you really are limited in that backyard space.”

This is part two of South Australia’s Our Changing State series that looks at how SA is changing and the challenges it must overcome.

An anti-development banner hanging on a fence

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-09/not-everyone-is-happy-about-adelaides-subdivision-revolution/11769380?section=politics






HEFTY FINES FOR AUSSIES … who do not comply with Level 2 Water Restrictions

IT is understandable with dam levels across GREATER SYDNEY sitting at 45 per cent …

BUT WHY does the Morrison Government allow 160,000 Permanent Migrants annually … and more importantly why it maintains:


The PUSH for the second Airport at Badgery’s Creek has always been about flying in more …

… Home Buyers from our Big Neighbour to the North to become ‘Permanent Residents’ … a diaspora of 3 or 4 million now!

THE INFRASTRUCTURE that the Premier and her team boast about is all about facilitating:

Development and Residency for them!

NSW Constituents are losing their heavy rail network to be replaced by the privatised Hong Kong Consortium MTR dinky Metro

WHERE is the emergency grey water system policy?  A subsidy for every building?

And strict high WELS tapware policy?

We have been notified that the 100,000 slums have no grey water systems at all! Is this so?

AND the consequences are:

“Currently, dam levels across Greater Sydney are sitting at 45 percent — the lowest in a decade.

“Given the rapid rate of decline of our dam levels we have decided to enact the next level of restrictions sooner than planned,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement.

“We’re experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record and we expect introducing level two restrictions to save 78.5 gigalitres of water per year.””

Hefty Fines Ahead As Tough New Water Restrictions Kick In

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Mon 09 Dec 2019

Level two water restrictions are about to kick in for a huge number of NSW residents with hefty fines to be handed out to those who don’t comply.

As another long, hot summer gets underway, water restrictions have been ramped up in a bid to retain as much water in our dams as possible.

From Tuesday,  anyone living or working in Sydney, the Blue Mountains or Illawarra will have to abide by the following rules:

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison survey a dam site in NSW. Image: Facebook

Residents are allowed to water their lawn or garden before 10am and after 4pm but only using a watering can or bucket.

Drip irrigation systems or ‘smart’ watering systems can also be used but only for a maximum of 15 minutes a day.

Sprinklers and hoses are banned.

Only a bucket or watering can be used before 10 am and after 4 pm. Image: Getty

Similarly, hoses cannot be used to wash a vehicle even it is fitted with a trigger nozzle.

Cars, trucks, vans, motorbikes or caravans can only be washed using a bucket and sponge or at a commercial car wash.

If a private boat has been in seawater, a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle may be used for a maximum of 10 minutes.

If you need to wash your car, a bucket and sponge is the way. Image: Getty

An existing pool or spa can only be topped up with a watering can, bucket or hose with a trigger nozzle for 15 minutes per day.

Residents can only replace water lost through evaporation, not an amount deliberately removed. A permit is required before a new or renovated pool of any size is filled.

Recycled water, greywater, rainwater or bore water can be used to fill or top up your pond or water feature.

Evaporated water can be replaced in a pool, deliberately removed water cannot. Don’t be Beryl. Image: Getty

Any toy connected to a hose such as slip n slides are now banned.

Sprinklers cannot be turned on for children to play under.

Individuals caught not complying with the new water restrictions will be slapped with a $220 fine, businesses will face a $550 fine for businesses

No slip n slide’s kids. Image: Getty

Sydney Water has confirmed that hard surfaces can be spot cleaned with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle or a high-pressure cleaner if there is a health, safety or emergency reason.

Garbage bins can also be washed with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle. However, driveways or windows will need to be cleaned with a bucket and sponge or a broom.

You can find plenty more information here.

Sydney Water@SydneyWaterNews

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Even Tougher Water Restrictions Are Coming: What Do They Mean For You?

Why Such Stringent Water Levels?

More than 85 percent of Sydney’s water supply relies on rain, which means our water is in short supply during intensive drought.

Currently, dam levels across Greater Sydney are sitting at 45 percent — the lowest in a decade.

“NSW is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record and Sydney is not exempt from the drought. By introducing Level 2 restrictions we will save 78.5 gigalitres of water,” Water Minister Melinda Pavey said on Monday.

“We’re doing the work to save as much drinking water as we can, particularly as we go into another hot and dry summer”.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Water Minister Melinda Pavey. Image: Dean Lewins via AAP

Businesses who rely upon outdoor water use as part of their operations will need to get an exemption.

“If a business applied for and received a permit under the previous level of restrictions, they’ll need to contact Sydney Water to confirm it’s still valid,” Pavey said.

SOURCE: https://10daily.com.au/news/a191208qhykz/hefty-fines-ahead-as-tough-new-water-restrictions-kick-in-20191209?utm_medium=social&utm_content=tnn-facebook&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR24G_q9pSuTEFFXq_2aZoYRGUMgbIxTB8_tjXaUtEpjwNkop5CHAqXpOes






A bone on cracked earth at a property near Walgett, NSW, which has been affected by years of drought.

A bone on cracked earth at a property near Walgett, NSW, which has been affected by years of drought. CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

PERHAPS with the Peel having been sucked dry … that dehydration is already causing acute changes in brain function for some?

Tamworth sucks rivers dry. Demands 40,000 new migrants

By Unconventional Economist in Australian EconomyFeatured Article

December 5, 2019 | 48 comments

The NSW regional city of Tamworth is currently facing Stage 4 water restrictions, with the Chaffey Dam at just 15.6% capacity after experiencing record low inflows.

Today, The SMH reveals that Tamworth has sucked the Peel River dry:

The once-proud Peel River – also described as a “glorified creek” by those who know and love it – is the lifeblood to the city of 62,000, which is heavily dependent on agriculture and was facing the prospect of running dry in six months without urgent intervention…

Mayor Col Murray said the city had no groundwater and had run out of alternatives.

“You can’t truck water to a city like Tamworth, it’s just not an option,” he said. “You would have to have a B-double load of water unloading every six minutes, 24/7. That’s just not practical – you wouldn’t have trucks available and … where would you get the water?”…

Tamworth mayor Col Murray at the opening of Chaffey Dam in 2016.

Tamworth mayor Col Murray at the opening of Chaffey Dam in 2016.CREDIT:GARETH GARDNER

Hilariously, Tamworth’s authorities are determined to lift the region’s population from 62,000 currently to over 100,000 as quickly as possible:

At this rate it will take Tamworth until about 2073 to reach the 100,000 population target.

The local government area grew by just under 1 per cent from 2017 to 2018, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows. Tamworth Regional Council has an ambitious plan to shave at least three decades off that.

“We need to increase the growth rate to a bit over 2 per cent,” acting mayor Phil Betts said. “It is an ambitious target but it’s possible…”.

Mayor Col Murray

 Mayor Col Murray

Tamworth Mayor Col Murray also believes that a growing population is needed to solve Tamworth’s water crisis:

While water is a major concern for the city presently, the mayor said a growing city would demand government investment in a greater security.

“I would argue we have got no chance of increasing our water security without having population growth,” [Mayor Col Murray] said.

“That’ll force it to happen.

“I have absolutely got no concerns that there’ll be water for the future, providing we have got the plan and got the population growth to strengthen it.”

You cannot make this stuff up. Tamworth is already running out of water. But somehow we are not to worry about the extra demand that would come from 40,000 (60%) more people, especially in light of climate change, which is expected to lower rainfall and increase evaporation.

Remember, Tamworth is located far away from the ocean, meaning that water desalination is not available.

Water scarcity remains the elephant in the room of the population debate, and the key issue that ‘Big Australia’ boosters deliberately ignore, including Tamworth Mayor Col Murray.

Tamworth also illustrates the lunacy of the Morrison Government’s ‘migrants to the bush’ policy. Sending thousands of people to the interior of the driest continent on earth is a clear recipe for disaster.

Unconventional Economist

Leith 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.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/12/tamworth-sucks-rivers-dry-demands-40000-new-migrants/





Aussie towns lash Coalition’s regional visa farce–

MANY of Australia’s regional areas are devoid of water ….

SYDNEY’s water supply is rapidly depleting … with more Vibrants flying in by the day …

China, India, across Asia, the United States, Europe …. all have many rivers crossing their continents

WHY come here? … Housing is too expensive … we are enduring a very long drought … with no end in sight!

A man walks along a long stretch of city beach.

The Gold Coast has several hospitals, universities and a population of more than 500,000 people, but it’s considered regional.


Aussie towns lash Coalition’s regional visa farce

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy

November 28, 2019 | 3 comments

Predictably, Australia’s towns are unhappy about the Morrison Government’s farcical deeming of Perth and the Gold Coast as “regional” despite being bonafide metropolitan areas:

Small regional towns like Swan Hill in Victoria are now competing for migrant workers against cities like Perth and the Gold Coast…

Jason King’s business needs workers with skills, but it’s a tough job to convince them to move to Swan Hill in regional Victoria.

Until now, he’s been able to offer migrant workers a regional visa, but that competitive advantage over many major centres has now gone.

The local council and employers are frustrated about a Federal Government declaration that anywhere outside of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney is now a “regional” area for migration.

That means skilled migrants who come to Australia on regional visas can work in places such as Perth and the Gold Coast, bypassing country towns, and still apply for permanent residency after three years.

“I can’t see how they’re regional at all,” said Jason King…

“It will be very hard for us to compete. I think Swan Hill won’t stand a chance, to be honest,” Mr King said.

“We struggle to source skilled labour here. We are so regionally based”…

Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart have been listed as regional for a while, but Perth, the Gold Coast and some other large urban centres are recent additions.

“It’s going to make it a lot more difficult to convince people to come to what is still outer regional, because migrants tend to want to go to things they’ve heard about and cities that resonate more for them,” said Muriel Scholz, the council’s economic development officer…

*Mr Versoza [from the Philippines] said guaranteed residency was a very important factor for him “because when you’ve got permanent residency the government offers to get your family and bring them back here to Australia, and it’s a very good place here”.

Let’s be frank: classifying places like Perth (2.1 million people), Adelaide (1.3 million people), the Gold Coast (600,000 people), and Canberra (420,000 people) regional was always ridiculous. They are unambiguously metropolitan, and employers in smaller towns like Swan Hill have been placed at an extraordinary disadvantage.

The Morrison Government’s new ‘regional’ visas are little more than a policy smokescreen to appease concerns surrounding the population crush in Sydney and Melbourne.

They do not fix the underlying problems with Australia’s immigration system: 1) that it is far too big, at roughly triple the historical average:

And 2) the small minority of migrants that initially go to the regions typically move to the big cities once they gain permanent residency, as explained by recent ANU research:

Australia cities are more attractive for new migrants.

An Australian National University study released Thursday found more than 60 per cent of migrants move to a capital city after about five years of living in a regional or remote location.

ANU material went as far as saying new migrants were “fleeing” regional Australia for better opportunities in the cities.

Australia has a number of visas that are designed to entice migrants to regional areas but the research suggests more needs to be done to keep them there.

ANU demographer Bernard Baffour told SBS News, “you can move migrants to areas, but you can’t force them to stay there”…

The study found Chinese-born migrants are more likely to settle in Sydney. Erin Chew of the Asian Australian Alliance said, “a lot of the Chinese people are city dwellers, so they want to live in [places] where there’s a huge concentration of their community”…

Elsewhere, Melbourne is the city of choice for most Indian-born migrants.

Short of placing electronic tags on migrants, how can decentralisation be achieved in practice when it has failed repeatedly in the past, with the visa system systematically gamed?

Let’s also remember that many of Australia’s regional areas are devoid of water. So how can they possibly accommodate many thousands of additional migrants?

The whole regional visa policy is a giant farce.

A facade of a traditional Australian town hall is seen among gardens.

PHOTO Swan Hill is a small town in regional Victoria.


Unconventional Economist

Leith 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.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/11/aussie-towns-lash-coalitions-regional-visa-farce/




Bathurst’s Chifley Dam is down to 39 per cent of its capacity – the lowest level since the wall was raised in 2003 – and slipping by a further 1 per cent every week

-if there is no rain … raising a dam wall makes no difference

BATHURST losing its water to Sydney’s high population Housing Ponzi Scheme!

Tensions rise as Bathurst loses bid for water allocation to Sydney

Harriet Alexander
By Harriet Alexander

November 27, 2019

A government decision to divert the water allocation from a mothballed power station to the Sydney catchment instead of nearby Bathurst has inflamed tensions in the thirsty town, where the mayor has been blamed for not lobbying hard enough for water security and irrigators accused of taking more than their share.

Bathurst’s Chifley Dam is down to 39 per cent of its capacity – the lowest level since the wall was raised in 2003 – and slipping by a further 1 per cent every week.

Bathurst Regional Council wanted to buy Energy Australia’s annual water allocation for Oberon Dam, which supplied Wallerawang Power Station until it closed in 2014, and has since been used by Sydney Water.

Bathurst Regional Council wanted to buy Energy Australia's annual water allocation for Oberon Dam.
Bathurst Regional Council wanted to buy Energy Australia’s annual water allocation for Oberon Dam.CREDIT:WOLTER PEETERS

After the state government knocked back this proposal last month, the town moved to extreme water restrictions and local irrigators agreed to take just 20 per cent of their water allocation.

WaterNSW systems operations manager Adrian Langdon said Oberon Dam supplied Lithgow, Oberon, storages for the Blue Mountains and Energy Australia, which still operates Mt Piper Power Station.

If three gigalitres of water were to be diverted to Bathurst as its council proposed, there would be additional transmission losses of up to 1.5 gigalitres and the dam would be left with just eight gigalitres, he said

“Under a worst-case scenario of zero inflows, Oberon Dam holds enough water in storage to provide supply until April 2021. The loss of three gigalitres would change that date to November 2020.”

But Councillor Jess Jennings last week attempted to have a water emergency declared for the region to send a signal to the government that this decision should be overturned. If water from Oberon Dam were to be secured, progression to level five water restrictions would be avoided and irrigators would have kept 40 per cent of their allocation, he said.

Raised dust in the central west town of Bathurst on Tuesday.
Raised dust in the central west town of Bathurst on Tuesday.CREDIT:WOLTER PEETERS

“We’ve had absolutely zero political leadership from our mayor to lobby on behalf of our irrigators,” Dr Jennings said. “Local government matters for the first time in decades because if we don’t get our message right, we will miss out on fundamental measures like water security.”

Mayor Bobby Bourke said council had secured $15 million from the government since he became mayor, but he suspected the irrigators were pumping more water than their allocation allowed.

“I just hope it rains so the irrigators can get a bit more, but it’s not metered so they’re probably doing what they want to do,” Mr Bourke said. “If I had crops in there I’d be trying to get away with it, I suppose. What can you do?”

Council summoned local farmers last week and reminded them of the fines that could be incurred for drawing more than their allocation. Irrigator Jeff McSpedden, who attended the meeting, said they had been “read the riot act”.

“That struck the fear of God into people,” Mr McSpedden said. “There might be a few people pinching a bit, but it might be that they’re taking it now and they’re not going to take it later.”

Bathurst resident Peter Varman in his garden at home.
Bathurst resident Peter Varman in his garden at home. CREDIT:WOLTER PEETERS

Town water restrictions have proved a challenge for home gardeners in Bathurst, with watering reduced to two half-hour periods per week.


Dusty and dry conditions in regional NSW, where some of the state's biggest towns are trying to work out how they can keep their residents supplied with drinking water.

Scrapping over puddles: the desperate battle for water in NSW’s towns

Peter Varman, a former horticulturalist and current member of the local gardening club, is running workshops on water efficiency with methods such as mulching, choosing drought resistant plants and the use of seaweed extract.

His innovations include cutting small holes into plastic containers, filling them with grey water and placing them next to individual plants to ensure every drop goes through to the roots and not deflected off the leaves.

“None of us are bothering with grass because we’re not allowed to water lawn anyway, but it’s for the plants we want to save,” Mr Varman said. “You only have to look around the streets to see some of the trees are starting to die because there’s just no water. People are very much affected by this.”

Bathurst resident Peter Varman in his garden at home.

Harriet Alexander

Harriet Alexander is a reporter for the Herald.

SOURCE: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/tensions-rise-as-bathurst-loses-bid-for-water-allocation-to-sydney-20191126-p53e6c.html





IPART … Community Views Sought on WATER PRICES!


It might be a very good idea to get along to this ‘customer drop-in session’ this coming TUESDAY 26 November and ‘having your say’

BECAUSE … Sydney Water is proposing to increase its capital expenditure by 71% and WaterNSW by about 150%

IF unable to ‘get along’ please email your objections/concerns to your local NSW and Federal MPs!!

PERHAPS this related article has had some bearing on this proposal?

Israel and NSW sign water deal


IPART is holding a public hearing and an informal ‘customer drop-in session’ at the SMC Conference & Function Centre in Sydney on Tuesday 26 November. READ MORE!

Sydneysiders are facing water restrictions until at least 2024.

Sydneysiders are facing water restrictions until at least 2024. CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY


Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal

New South Wales

Media release

Thursday, 14 November 2019


The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking community views about Sydney Water and WaterNSW’s proposals to increase expenditure in their delivery of water services to Greater Sydney over the next four years.

IPART is holding a public hearing and an informal ‘customer drop-in session’ at the SMC Conference & Function Centre in Sydney on Tuesday 26 November.

The public hearing will commence at 10am, and customers can attend the drop-in session between 4pm-6pm.

Issues to be discussed at the public hearing include:

 Sydney Water’s and WaterNSW’s proposed expenditure and prices.

Sydney Water is proposing to increase its capital expenditure by 71% and WaterNSW by about 150%;

 How the water utilities are planning to address drought and supply uncertainty; and

 Customer preferences for potential changes to the service and usage charges on their bills.

Acting IPART Chair Ms Deborah Cope said this would also be an opportunity to provide feedback on an updated expenditure and price proposal that Sydney Water submitted to IPART on 12 November 2019.

This is available on IPART’s website here.

IPART’s website provides information on Sydney Water’s and WaterNSW’s proposed prices from 1 July 2020, and our Issues Papers highlight the key issues for these reviews.

“The public forum is an opportunity for IPART to hear first-hand customer and community views about Sydney Water’s and WaterNSW’s proposals so we can consider these views when making our decisions on prices,” Ms Deborah Cope Acting Chair of IPART said.

Attending the Public Hearing – 10am to 3:30pm, Tuesday 26 November

SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Register to attend: for Sydney Water (click here) https://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Water/Reviews/Metro-Pricing/Prices-for-Sydney-Water-Corporation-from-1-July-2020/26-Nov-2019-Public-Hearing/Sydney-Water-public-hearing-Sydney

and for WaterNSW Greater Sydney (click here). https://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/Home/Industries/Water/Reviews/Metro-Pricing/Prices-for-WaterNSW-Greater-Sydney-from-1-July-2020/26-Nov-2019-Public-Hearing/WaterNSW-Greater-Sydney-public-hearing-Sydney

An informal drop-in session with IPART staff will follow the public hearing, providing customers another opportunity to ask questions and have their say.

No registration is required.

Attending the customer drop-in session – 4pm to 6pm, Tuesday 26 November SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Media note: Any media wishing to attend the public hearing are requested to register online. To avoid interrupting proceedings, cameras are permitted at the back of the room only. Media questions will not be taken as part of the forum to enable as many customers as possible to have their say.

Please contact Julie Sheather on 0409 514 643 in advance to arrange a time to interview Ms Deborah Cope. Media Contact: Julie Sheather  02 9290 8403  0409 514 643

More information is available at ipart.nsw.gov.au

SOURCE: https://www.ipart.nsw.gov.au/files/sharedassets/website/shared-files/pricing-reviews-water-services-metro-water-prices-for-sydney-water-corporation-from-1-july-2020/legislative-requirements-prices-for-sydney-water-corporation-from-1-july-2020/media-release-community-views-sought-on-water-prices-14-november-2019.pdf





Israel and NSW sign water deal

WONDER how this MOU with Israel came about? Cough … cough …

At a time their president is being charged for corruption.

NSW is enduring its worst drought yet … exacerbated by the Growth of 100,000 Precinct slums … rapidly depleting our WATER Supply with having to quench the thirst and wash ever more vibrants …

More costly water rates due to the Housing Ponzi Scheme … from whence did that come about? Cough … cough … Costs in the $Thousands more for annual water rates …

How come they had to seek expertise from overseas … when we have leading scientists and engineers in Australia? The CSIO?

NOTE …  ‘Circa. 40 years ago, Israel’s farmers used Australian drip feed technology to water orchards and fields.’

MIKE BAIRD former NSW Premier in 2016 visited Israel … the envoy, the emissary for who/what?

‘The NSW Government has confirmed that while in Israel, the Premier signed an agreement committing NSW and Israel to invest $2 million into co-operative start-up and innovation projects, including those focused on “agribusiness and water management”.

View: https://newmatilda.com/2016/04/27/mike-baird-sponsoring-illegal-occupation/

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Israel and NSW sign water deal

A ‘historic’ memorandum of understanding on water cooperation was signed this week between Israel and New South Wales.


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Yuval Steinitz and Melinda Pavey. Photo: Yossi Zamir

Yuval Steinitz and Melinda Pavey. Photo: Yossi Zamir

ISRAEL will help to solve Australia’s water woes, as part of a new agreement signed in Jerusalem this week.

NSW Water, Property and Housing Minister Melinda Pavey ratified a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with her Israeli counterpart Yuval Steinitz, and hailed Israel as “the world leader” in water recycling and reuse, desalinating water, and in water efficiency. Her office called the agreement “historic”. 

Yechezkel Lifshitz, deputy director general of water resources at Israel’s Energy Ministry, told The AJN that while the agreement was signed with NSW, he hopes it will lead to Israel helping Australia’s water management nationally.

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The agreement is expected to thrust Israeli ideas and innovation to the centre of efforts to get NSW through the drought, and prevent future water crises. Pavey said that NSW has much to learn from Israel, which shares the experience of severe drought and faces “very similar challenges”. 

She marvelled that Israel “has virtually drought-proofed its cities and continues to provide farmers with water”.

“In NSW, we’re improving water security and efficiency, and this ongoing relationship with Israel will provide us with invaluable insights into how we can improve this.” 

Israeli drip irrigation is “probably one of the most water-efficient irrigation methods available”, she said, adding that innovation in all areas of Israel’s water management can help inform future water planning and infrastructure in NSW.


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Pavey was in Israel for two days, and toured with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, visiting water recycling facilities and the offices of high-tech companies that work with water. “She loved it and wants to come back,” said Paul Israel, the chamber’s CEO.

Lifshitz said, “Australia faces severe drought now, and since Israel has also faced droughts in the past, including recently for five years in a row, we have lots of expertise that we are happy to share.”

The MOU doesn’t specify what form cooperation will take, but Lifshitz said that it is expected to start with experts from the two states meeting. Israeli water technology is expected to become more common in Australia. 

Entrepreneur Amir Peleg hosted Pavey at his company TaKaDu, which provides systems that cut down leakage, and already sells to Australian corporations including Sydney Water and Hunter Water. He said he had “no doubt there will be an increase in cooperation”.

Lifshitz said that his ministry outlined three main areas in which Israeli water management can provide ideas for Australia: reuse of water, making desalination commonplace, and reducing waste of water. 

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Israeli Water Authority, Uri Schor, was in Sydney this week for a series of meetings with Sydney Water.

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SOURCE: https://ajn.timesofisrael.com/israel-and-nsw-sign-water-deal/?fbclid=IwAR0zNwNnOo03sekJ8n-GeAZCLIe2kMTGfDGjgYSnFJAX5ZHD6f9Z1kTPO3I





‘Rapid decline’ forces Sydney to Level 2 water restrictions

HOW COME? What brought this on?

IS this due to the extra 1 MILLION that have flown in on real estate tours to pay cash for apartments in the high-rise Precincts … that are energy and water intensive? And gain a Permanent Resident Visa?

SO our governments push ahead with the second Sydney airport to fly them in … to move this diaspora around on the expanding MTR Hong Kong Consortium Metro .. and to build even more …as Sydney’s water supply rapidly drains all thanks to this overdevelopment … and they want to keep building more …

WHAT are you going to do Sydney?  We have an extra 1 MILLION more people … NOW!

-that is 200 MILLION Litres of extra water consumption every day!

-by 2068 Sydney’s population will double by mass immigration

DESPITE droughts becoming more common and evapotranspiration rates to accelerate

-the proposed solution very expensive and enviro damaging desalination plants


‘Rapid decline’ forces Sydney to Level 2 water restrictions

By Lisa Visentin and Peter Hannam

November 21, 2019

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has fast-tracked the implementation of Level 2 water restrictions in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra regions as dam levels deplete faster than expected.

The new restrictions take effect from December 10 and apply to water use outside the home, with people required to use buckets when watering their gardens and washing their cars.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces the new rules on Thursday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces the new rules on Thursday. CREDIT:CHRISTOPHER PEARCE

Ms Berejiklian said the “rapid rate of decline of our dam levels” had prompted the government to bring forward the Level 2 restrictions, which are typically enacted when dam levels drop to 40 per cent.

“We are in uncharted territory in terms of the rate at which [water] has been declining. In fact, in the last 12 months we only received 10 per cent of the water in our dams that we ordinarily would,” Ms Berejiklian said on Thursday.Advertisement


An employee of the Sydney Desalination plant walks past some of its 36,000 polymer membranes used to filter salt and other impurities from seawater so that it is suitable for drinking.

‘Game on’: What happens when Sydney’s desalination plant gets turned on

The Greater Sydney dam levels are 46.1 per cent full and are expected to hit 45 per cent next month as they sink by about 1 percentage point a week, even with the desalination plant operating at full tilt.

The reservoirs have not been this low in about 12 years, since the Millennium drought, and are falling at a faster pace.

More than 85 per cent of Greater Sydney’s water is supplied by captured rainfall.

Under Level 2 restrictions, people can only water their gardens before 10am or after 4pm with a watering can or bucket, and cars can only be washed with a bucket or taken to a commercial car wash.

Smart and drip irrigation systems may only be used for 15 minutes before 10am or after 4pm, while hosing of hard surfaces is not permitted, unless in an emergency.

People wanting to fill up their pools will need to obtain a permit, while those topping up pools and spas are limited to 15 minutes a day and even then with a trigger nozzle.

Sydneysiders will face fines of $220 for breaching the restrictions, while businesses will face fines of $550.

Water Minister Melinda Pavey said the government would work “hand in glove” with businesses particularly affected by the restrictions, such as nurseries, “to ensure they can keep their businesses afloat”.


Sydneysiders are facing water restrictions until at least 2024.

Premier to announce toughest water restrictions in a decade

Businesses that rely on outdoor water use as part of their operations can apply to get an exemption.

However, Ms Berejiklian said no final decision had been made on when Sydney’s desalination plant would be expanded.

The desalination plant now produces 250 million litres a day, or about 15 per cent of Greater Sydney’s water use. The existing plant can be doubled in size, however, Sydney Water will need to make further investments to cope with the doubling of water production.

Meanwhile, up the coast, the government has started taking public comment on a plan for a desalination plant to supply water for the Newcastle region. The project, costing about $100 milion, would provide about 10 per cent of the Lower Hunter region’s needs.

So far, Sydney Water has issued 135 official warnings for water misuse.

“The objective of our Community Water Officers is about education to ensure people follow water restrictions,” a spokeswoman said.  “Where breaches of water restrictions are found, warnings or fines will be issued.”

Sydney’s move to Level 2 restrictions is ahead of the schedule set by the 2017 Sydney Metropolitan Water Plan. According to that strategy, these curbs were to kick in when dam levels dropped to 45 per cent.

Lisa Visentin

Lisa Visentin is a state political reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Peter Hannam

Peter Hannam writes on environment issues for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces the new rules on Thursday.

SOURCE: https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/rapid-decline-forces-sydney-to-level-2-water-restrictions-20191121-p53coo.html





SYDNEY WATER STORAGES FACE ‘DAY ZERO’ … lowest ever Water Levels!

Warragamba Dam levels were at 54 per cent in May (pictured).

Photo: Daily Telegraph: Warragamba Dam May 2019


Those enticed by the lure of real estate tourism and permanent residency may well be leaving behind a country with many rivers to quench their thirst!

To come downunder to Sydney for “day zero’’ — the day we run dry … most settle in Western Sydney … far from the coast where desalination plants will be prohibitively expensive to run!

Sydney water storages face “day zero” as migrants flood in

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy

November 14, 2019 | 45 comments

Sydney’s water storages are plumetting at a faster rate than was experienced during the 2000s Millennial Drought, which was said to be the worst drought in Australia’s recorded history:

This has authorities concerned that Sydney could soon face “day zero” – a time when the city runs out of drinking water:

Sydney’s water storage levels are on track to be at their lowest in history by next year as authorities grapple with how to stave off the looming prospect of a Sydney “day zero’’ — the day we run dry.

The current decline in water reserves has been so swift that Greater Sydney’s combined water storage is set to be smaller than what was recorded in the millennial drought by late next year. And it is understood that a planned expansion of the city’s desalination plant will only temporarily hasten the decline in water ­levels when the plant is forced offline for a month…

Current forecasts say Sydney has enough water to last only until May 2022.

Asked about the crisis, Water Minister Melinda Pavey said “Sydney is not immune to the drought” and added that the decline in water since ­August 2017 was the biggest drop in storage ever recorded. “NSW is in the worst drought on record, city and country,’’ she said.

“We all need to be doing our bit to conserve as much water as we can”…

Ms Pavey said Sydney faced “the biggest decline in water storage on record”.

The key difference between now and the 2006 water storage low is that Sydney’s population has grown by around one million people (~20%) over that period, which has dramatically increased water demand.

As we know, Sydney is the nation’s prime immigration gateway, importing an extra 77,100 people in 2017-18:

Sydney’s population is also projected by the ABS to balloon by 94,000 people a year for the next 48 years, effectively doubling the city’s population to 9.75 million people. And all of this growth will come from net overseas migration (NOM):

Even as droughts become more common and severe and evapotranspiration rates skyrocket:

The Sydney Desalination Plant in Kurnell, which was reactivated in January after dam levels dropped below 60 per cent. Picture: Getty

Photo: Daily Telegraph: Sydney Desalination plant

A ballooning population alongside water-draining climate change is obviously a dangerous combination that will inevitably lead to chronic water shortages and the need to construct an entire battery of energy-hungry desalination plants up and down the coast.

This situation is made worse by the fact that most new migrants locate in Sydney’s West, which is farthest away from the ocean and makes desalination less viable (and more expensive).

This planning lunacy will mean Sydneysiders will die of thirst long before its population targets are met.

Or we can, you know, cut immigration now.

Unconventional Economist

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

Warragamba Dam pictured at 54 per cent in May.

Photo: Daily Telegraph

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/11/sydney-water-storages-face-day-zero-as-migrants-flood-in/