Second Chinese Developer, Country Garden AKA Risland flew 82 Tonnes of PPE to China

Kate McClymont reports that a second Chinese developer, COUNTRY GARDEN now known as RISLAND here in Australia have been scooping up some 82 tonnes of medical supplies to serve their hospitals in ‘Second developer flew 82 tonnes of medical supplies to China’. This follows her report on developer Greenland!

“The chartered plane with 90 tons (82 tonnes) of medical supplies, including 100,000 most needed protective coveralls and 900,000 pairs of medical gloves, has successfully departed from Sydney and arrived in Wuhan on 24 Feb,” Risland Australia posted on its LinkedIn page.

Risland Australia's CEO Dr Guotao Hu (left) farewelling 90 tons of medical supplies about to be flown to Wuhan, China.
Risland Australia’s CEO Dr Guotao Hu (left) farewelling 90 tons of medical supplies about to be flown to Wuhan, China.

Dr Harry Nespolon, president of the Royal Australian College of GPs in late January raised concerns that masks were in short supply.

"China-Australia work as one together to fight epidemic" reads the banner being held by Risland’s CEO Dr Guotao Hu (second from left), Ray Zi, general manager, human resources & administration and former communications manager Isaac Huo.
“China-Australia work as one together to fight epidemic” reads the banner being held by Risland’s CEO Dr Guotao Hu (second from left), Ray Zi, general manager, human resources & administration and former communications manager Isaac Huo.

HOW long before Home Affairs cracks down on the Daigou, and Australian authorities have the power to seize items on our borders including these medical supplies?

And increased penalties to discourage those mocking our laws and mailing out Australian goods for profit?


GREENLAND Grabs Australian Medical Supplies

JUST as CAAN indicated earlier today … this is borne out in this Report …

WHY have we allowed a Chinese company to buy just about whatever they like in Australia?

why have Australian companies tethered themselves so tightly to the reigns of an economy run by a totalitarian regime that can so easily dictate terms and conditions, and the conditions of our prosperity?  Our security and well-being?

 –they get the very best deal from us in the first place, they do foster competition and buy elsewhere, they most certainly do have a plan ‘B’!

IN today’s SMH Kate McClymont writes, ‘Chinese-backed company’s mission to source Australian medical supplies’

‘As the coronavirus took hold in Wuhan earlier this year, staff from the Chinese government-backed global property giant Greenland Group were instructed to put their normal work on hold and source bulk supplies of essential medical items to ship back to China.

THIS was a worldwide company effort in which they sought out mass supplies for China of:

-surgical masks


-antibacterial wipes

-hand sanitisers



SO blatant was this that Greenland shared the photos and information on social media including the packing pallets at their Sydney headquarters.

Chinese property developing group Greenland scoured Australia to purchase bulk medical supplies - including masks, gloves and thermometers - which were flown to China.
Chinese property developing group Greenland scoured Australia to purchase bulk medical supplies – including masks, gloves and thermometers – which were flown to China.

All employees … note the majority are Chinese … it appears were acting as Daigou during January and February!

HENCE the shortage of these supplies in Australia!

Managing director Sherwood Luo celebrates the completion of the Lucent apartment complex in North Sydney in 2016.
Managing director Sherwood Luo celebrates the completion of the Lucent apartment complex in North Sydney in 2016.CREDIT:DANIEL MUNOZ

According to a company newsletter, the Greenland Group sourced 3 million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of protective gloves from “Australia, Canada, Turkey and other countries”.’

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-Greenland organised the manpower and resources to purchase the supplies in Australia’s major cities

Greenland Australia's managing director Sherwood Luo outlined on WeChat the efforts the local company was doing to help Chinese citizens fight the coronavirus.
Greenland Australia’s managing director Sherwood Luo outlined on WeChat the efforts the local company was doing to help Chinese citizens fight the coronavirus.


-majority owned by Shanghai government

-sold more than $1Bn residential apartments in Sydney and Melbourne

Greenland through vertical integration

-purchased Australian land that was public land (Lachlan’s Line; North Ryde/Macquarie Park)

-ship Chinese building materials to Australia on Chinese shipping/airlines

-employ Chinese Visa workers

-sell ‘new homes’ to Chinese buyers (up to 100%)

-a Precinct, Lachlan’s Line with its exclusive bus interchange and bridge!


HIGH RISE HARRY and The Evolution of ‘The Greater Sydney Commission’ … the GSC

Community Action Alliance for NSW· July 11, 2016 

HIGH RISE HARRY AND THE EVOLUTION OF “THE GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION” … THE GSC … Please share because this is now what we are being told!

A little history leading up to the Evolution of the GSC Chaired by Lucy Turnbull … this dates back to 27 June 2013 in the AFR.

In a letter to the Editor of the AFR the writer responded to Mr Harry Triguboff , Mr Meriton “Make NSW planning fast and simple”.

…… Mr Triguboff wants to transfer all power over to Town Planners, along with private certifiers.

The avenue he is urging for this streamlined approach is ‘code assessable development’ (now known as ‘code compliant development’ ) through which community consultation is bypassed, and there is no assessment of the impact of the developments on your amenity, the environment, local character and heritage.

“Developers want all the boxes ticked to prevent investigation of the potential impacts of their developments. …… .” Read more!

Lucy Turnbull appointed to head up The Greater Sydney Commission

Mr Triguboff is not only No. 1 on the 2016 BRW Top 200 Rich List but many believe he is No. 1 in NSW … does he pull all the strings? Afterall he has “Friends in High Places” …

Lucy Turnbull labels Chatswood CBD Model to creating High-Rise across Sydney

Refer to:

THE newly appointed chairwoman of the Greater Sydney Commission — Lucy Turnbull — has hailed Chatswood as the ideal model for high density urban growth.

Mrs Turnbull made the comments to the ‘North Shore Times’ before attending the launch of Meriton’s $700 million mixed-use Centrium apartments in Chatswood on December 3.

Meriton Group launched its Chatswood Towers

2016 The Planners take over the Sydney of the Future

Here in this post CAAN ties it altogether in “Every picture tells a story!”

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LOOK No Further! Who's to Blame for CoronaVirus in Australia?

CAAN has found a letter which reveals that the Morrison Government had been notified by the CSIRO about the CoronaVirus as early as November 2019

THE CSIRO learnt of the emergence of the CoronaVirus in late November 2019 … they were alert to its likely consequences … but were hindered by China’s obsession with secrecy … was this ‘to save face’?

Following which the offices of the Health Minister and the Prime Minister were provided with the issues and specifics to safeguard Australia

DECEMBER 2019 Australian scientists were able to cultivate the CoronaVirus with the aim of developing a vaccine

MEANWHILE the CSIRO like many government agencies and departments has been pulled apart by Liberal Governments through both budget and job cuts, and their privatisation policy!

-many Scientists forced to leave Australia

Rather the Morrison Government refrained from acting and it appears this allowed the disease to develop unchecked.

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Was the Morrison Government preoccupied with its obsession of ensuring business interests over and above its Constituents?

Among the CSIRO’s proposals for the best course of action was to stop travellers and to stop the airlines!

-the Morrison Government prioritized the feasibility of the airlines

-along with the mining industry

AND dare we at CAAN say the Property Sector of developers, real estate gatekeepers, and their overseas money laundering clients?

The forecast is that it will be six months before it comes to an end!


two Million Australians face unemployment; to hit 11% by June; the second Great Depression

-bank profits smashed; bad debts growing

-businesses forced to close; retail bust; hospitality bust

-scaling up social distancing; isolation; mental health issues etc, etc!


‘Hunt and Morrison were Warned about CoronaVirus in Late November and did Nothing’


In case this disappears … copies of the original letter to ‘The Bulletin’ have been made!

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DEVELOPERs COURT Rules Against Northern Beaches Council and Community for $5M Frenchs Forest Boarding House

An article has appeared in ‘The Manly Daily’, ‘Developer wins battle against Northern Beaches Council for $5M Frenchs Forest Boarding House’

SO we talk about what we know, and what’s in it for the Property Sector …

A proposal for a $5M boarding house labelled as a “new generation boarding house” … that looks like a commercial building has been approved after a long legal battle with Northern Beaches Council.

The Land and Environment Court is perhaps known as ‘the developers court’ for good reason … because despite more than 100 submissions the developer has been granted approval by this court.

‘The project called ‘The Beehive’ looks to promote “affordable housing in a desirable location” and has been designed as “key worker housing” for Northern Beaches Hospital — with it just 600m from the health facility at 10 Naree Rd.

It would include the demolition of existing structures on the site, trees and the construction of a three-storey, 27-bedroom complex with parking for 11 cars, five motorcycles and five bicycles.

The plans incorporate accessible rooms, accommodation for an on-site manager and each room comes with its own bathroom and kitchen facilities with an additional communal kitchen, living room and private open space. It would accommodate a maximum of 50 people.

The original proposal was for 39 rooms with 16 parking spaces.

SO the local residents objected because this proposal would rob them of what they have paid for! The amenity of a low-rise low-density bushland suburb, and in an area already subjected to inadequate parking. Why would they accept a bulky boarding house in their midst? That is not in character with the area to adversely impact neighbours on all sides!

How did we get here? How come the best on offer for ‘Key Workers’ are boarding houses? AND an afterthought following the opening of the Northern Beaches Hospital …

Not a home of their own … how come? With the only option to find a home 60 – 80 Kms from the CBD/ their workplace or a boarding house near where they work?

IS this because NSW INC policies have been written by the ‘deve-loper Family’ … The Mob? So they market their dwellings 100% overseas, and ‘hot money’ is awash in Australian real estate?

HOW come our beautiful middle ring bushland suburbs are being bulldozed?

WHO instigated this? Was it HT … the Concrete Kings … their lobby groups ?


The benevolent developer applicant in this matter, Michael Williamson, made a public submission:

“Unlike other hospitals, Frenchs Forest hospital has very limited accommodation and public transport options in proximity to the hospital,”

“The proposed development will provide much-needed affordable rental housing in close proximity to the hospital and will therefore help reduce traffic in the area as well as reliance on cars and public transport as hospital and shopping centre staff will be able to walk to work.


‘The proposed development also fits in well with the local character and has been carefully designed to respect the privacy and amenity of the adjoining properties.”

DESPITE its size of three-storeys, a bulky 27-bedroom complex with parking for 11 cars, five motorcycles and five bicycles … that compliments the local character of bungalows and two-storey cottages … yeah …

Then he reckons it is compliant … namely because of the Sting of ‘Exempt and Complying Development’ that has done away with the D.A. And in the public interest with ‘Key Workers’ housed in boarding houses that cost them $400 to $450 per week in rent … locking them out of the Housing Market!

Prior to this … a boarding house site approval at 26 Frenchs Forest Rd East, Frenchs Forest …

AND another boarding house on the market has been built and is leasing out rooms at 130 Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest.

Boarding house development at 130 Frenchs Forest Road West, Frenchs Forest. Picture: Google Streetview
Boarding house development at 130 Frenchs Forest Road West, Frenchs Forest. Picture: Google Streetview

HOW convenient for developers when there is no hotel in the Northern Beaches Hospital area to capture relatives of hospital patients, doctors working long shifts, and aspiring Australian First Home Buyers living in studio accommodation.

YET their ‘Key Worker Parents’ were able to save a deposit for a mortgage … hm … is that now the ‘trickle down effect’?

PLEASE SHARE TO LET OTHERS KNOW … a ‘Boarding House’ maybe coming for where they live …


-the FIRB Ruling allowing developers to sell new homes 100% overseas

-visa manipulation …

-the Morrison Government exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from Anti-money Laundering Laws in October 2018


Developer Spruiker touts for more immigration …

THE CONSEQUENCES for a Whole Cohort of Australians … as our Cities grow at a rapid rate from high Immigration and Visa Manipulation … are they are pushed out! Contrary to what developer spruikers tout …

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE to see where Dr Shane Geha is coming from …

URBAN PLANNER’S left-field idea to boost infrastructure: More IMMIGRATION



EXTRACT: ‘Virus shows we need more immigration’

by Frank Chung

8th Mar 2020

Dr Shane Geha, managing director of EG Urban Planning, worries the government’s current travel restrictions on visitors coming from China, South Korea and Iran could fuel broader anti-immigration sentiment.

“This hysteria is a little bit over the top, if not really over the top,” he told “That’s not to say we shouldn’t be careful with pandemics – public health is very important – but if you over-size a problem it’s as bad as under-sizing a problem.”

He said there were growing signs of xenophobia, including people choosing to avoid areas with large Asian populations.

“That is so ridiculous – statistically it’s highly improbable (you will be infected),” he said.

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In an opinion piece for earlier this week, Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan said it was “disappointing” that Australia was one of the “chief culprits” of racism directed at Chinese people due to the coronavirus outbreak and called out the “growing threat from violent right-wing extremism”.

CAAN: On the contrary the Advice from the Australian Government Health Department:to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures

-wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

-cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

-if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)

exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures

Dr Geha has previously advocated for a massive increase in Australia’s immigration intake to scale its cities and replace an ageing taxpayer demographic, even in the face of growing public debate fuelled by the likes of entrepreneur Dick Smith.

As of June 2019, Australia’s population stood at 25.36 million, with net overseas migration in the year of 238,300. Immigration sceptics have called for a return to more “sustainable” pre-Howard era numbers of 70,000 a year.

Dr Geha says as fears of a recession grow, Australia needs migrants “more now than ever before” to boost economic output and stem the damage to the hard-hit education, tourism and agriculture industries.

“We’ve got a precarious economy that needs itinerant workers, needs students and tourists,” he said. “

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE to learn more … Australia’s UNEMPLOYMENT is in fact at 19.7% (including 1 Million Australians unable to find work!)

1.6 Million Visa Workers in Australia

-hence lowest wages growth for more than 60 years; insecure work on contract

-a whole Cohort of Australians locked out of home ownership; with competition from foreign Visa holders seeking ‘Permanent Residency’ with Medicare benefits; ‘hot money’ is awash in our Real Estate (real estate gatekeepers exempt from AML Laws; October 2018)

(These industries) are entirely reliant on migrant populations for work. They need these temporary workers, people who are ready to clean beds, pick cotton, pick fruit. There’s going to be a huge shortage of these people. They’re essential to our GDP.”

CAAN: Search CAAN WEBSITE for more reports concerning the vast range of jobs occupied by Visa holders including the professions of Information and Technology, Accountancy, Real Estate Agents, Engineers, Nursing, Healthcare, Pharmacy …. hospitality, nail bars, supermarkets … across the board and not confined as Dr Geha submits!

With 1.6 Million Visa Workers in Australia!

Australia needs migrants ‘more now than ever before’. Picture: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
Australia needs migrants ‘more now than ever before’. Picture: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

As of Sunday morning Australia had 74 confirmed cases of the virus.

Three people have now died – a 78-year-old West Australian man who had been evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, a 95-year-old woman and an 82-year-old man, reportedly from the same NSW nursing home.

CAAN: A nursing home in Macquarie Park, Sydney; the epicentre of the CoronaVirus!

Macquarie Park houses the university with its large number of International Students; a complete demographic change at Macquarie Park; the Metro; and the bus service connecting Sydney.

Globally there are now more than 106,000 cases and nearly 3600 confirmed deaths, a fatality rate of around 3.4 per cent. The seasonal flu, by comparison, has a fatality rate of around 0.1 per cent.

Dr Geha argues the mortality rate of COVID-19 does not justify the extreme reaction, and that “you are more likely to win the lottery than die from coronavirus if you are under 50 years of age”.

“I’m the last person that would want to endanger people’s lives, but we’ve also got an economy to manage and we’ve got to do that delicately while we manage public health,” he said.

… Now, if I’m 91 and frail and I’ve got problems, I might have the tragedy of passing away.”

But Dr Geha says in order to pay for healthcare for that ageing demographic, more migrants are needed to replace the tax revenue “generated by the working majority aged between 20 and 60”.

CAAN: This raises the question concerning the access small businesses have to tax minimisation … e.g. the signs at eateries ‘cash only’ …

Prior to the Liberal Coalition sell-off of Public services … these were the source of much tax revenue from workers incomes …

‘The only option other than “importing them” is “breeding them”, he argues, and Australian households are only having 1.9 children on average, “not even replacing mum and dad”. “We have to import people, it’s our destiny,” he said. “The only other options are to increase taxes, go into austerity, reduce services.” ‘

CAAN: WHY are Australians only having 1.9 children on average? Could the number be even less with new ‘Permanent Residents’ having families?

Is this a consequence of the lowest wages growth, loss of housing affordability, high unemployment (19.7%)? Cough … cough …

“To have functional, world-class cities you need to be somewhere between eight and 10 million at least,” he said. Sydney’s population is currently around 5.23 million.

“The densities of some of the most beautiful cities in the world are multiples of Sydney. Sydney is 417 people per square kilometre. London is five times the density, Paris is four times, Tokyo is 10 or 11 times.”

Urban planning expert Dr Shane Geha.
Urban planning expert Dr Shane Geha.

Bigger, denser cities have more effective public transportation, the scale needed for “24/7 services” and also have safer streets, he argues, because density means there are “eyes and ears” everywhere.’

CAAN: Search for reports that counter this argument; that in fact smaller cities are more efficient!

Sydney is surrounded by ocean and/or mountains; expansion is limited.

TO READ THE FULL REPORT: ‘Virus Shows we need More Immigration’


AND add to The Mix … an INCINERATOR!

The Truth about Incineration and Zero Waste solutions!

CAAN has highlighted what the People of Western Sydney are currently enduring let alone what the ‘Family of the Concrete Kings’, the GSC, NSW Planning, UrbanTaskforce, Property Council of Australia and their annointed one have in store!

Migrant-stuffed Western Sydney bakes under concrete

By Leith van Onselen in Australian EconomyImmigration

March 13, 2020

CoreLogic has released research showing that Sydney’s fast growing west is becoming increasingly hot, while the wealthy inner-east is enjoying stable temperatures:

Western Sydney is undergoing unprecedented development and transformation, reflecting the vast size and population growth of the region.

However, Western Sydney is also getting hotter.

*Data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology shows the mean of maximum daily temperatures each month is rising.

The dataset below shows this across summer months from data collected at the Penrith Lakes weather station.

Of the 24 years covered in this back series, a majority of temperatures at the 95th percentile or higher are concentrated in the past 6 years.

Climate projections reported by the Australia institute projected that by 2030, Penrith could see 22 days of the year where temperatures surpass 35˚C.

Meanwhile, the eastern suburbs of Sydney are expected to remain relatively cool, with just 7 of these days projected in Coogee.

*Reducing thermal discomfort is an increasing focus for urban planners. Water technologies, tree canopy and the use of cool materials are demonstrably effective.

*But some of these heat management methods don’t mix well with the development in Western Sydney.

*The construction of the Western Sydney airport for example, will require some level of mitigation for bird and bat strike, including limiting the amount of trees within a certain radius of the airport.

These complexities increase the challenge that rising temperatures place on the ambitious developments for Western Sydney.

Part of the problem is that Western Sydney’s extreme population growth and development is causing a loss of green space, thus exacerbating the urban heat island effect. As reported in The ABC:

A woman and a young boy on playground equipment.

PHOTO: Sophie Coombs says finding shade while playing with son Asher is difficult in Penrith. (ABC News: Liv Casben)

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) records show annual mean maximum temperatures in the western Sydney suburb have increased by approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius since 1980.

“In summer you can’t leave the house until about 5:00pm,” [mother Sophie Combs] said…

The 47-year-old said finding shade while playing outdoors with her young son, Asher, was getting harder.

“It’s just getting overdeveloped, so there’s less trees than there were,” she said…

A lack of new trees, along with the removal of established trees, has angered western Sydney residents.

Lisa Harrold, who has lived in the area for four decades, said the heat had become unbearable.

“Some days you literally cannot go outside,” she said.

“We find with the increased density of houses [and] road systems, it doesn’t cool down overnight”…

“They’re removing trees faster than they can potentially ever replace them and to exacerbate that issue, the green spaces are disappearing too under a mountain of concrete,” she said…

A woman and a man standing in front of a tree.

PHOTO: Western Sydney residents Lisa Harrold and Scott Bailey want mature trees to stay. (ABC News: Liv Casben)

Climate researchers noted similar:

Last weekend was no exception with temperatures in Penrith, in the city’s west, peaking at 47.3C while the area by the Harbour Bridge topped out more than five degrees cooler.

But far from this being simply a natural quirk of geography, human interference has actually exacerbated the boiling temperatures in our inland suburbs, experts say, by creating a “heat dome” blocking cooler air.

And often, it’s less affluent areas that feel the worst of the heat while richer enclaves enjoy an altogether more comfortable day…

*“There’s much more solar radiation absorbing materials in built-up areas, such as black asphalt and concrete, lots of anthropogenic heat from cars, airconditioning and industry and less greenery and water, and this increases the temperature and has a serious impact on energy consumption, productivity, health and morbidity,” [Mattheos Santamouris, a professor of high performance architecture at UNSW] said…

*“Especially in western Sydney, we were able to make the close association that high-density housing developments had cleared land and lacked tree cover, and dark roads were corridors where heat just couldn’t escape,” [Dr Brent Jacobs, research director at the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney] said.

A study by the University of Western Australia and RMIT found areas in Sydney’s west have a significantly stronger urban heat island effect than in more affluent eastern areas of the city.

A study by the University of Western Australia and RMIT found areas in Sydney’s west have a significantly stronger urban heat island effect than in more affluent eastern areas of the city.Source:Supplied

According to the ABS’ projections, Sydney’s population is projected to nearly double to almost 10 million people over the next half century, with most of this growth occurring in Sydney’s West:

In addition to crush-loading infrastructure and services, the population flood is projected to see Sydney transform into a high-rise city, with the Urban Taskforce projecting 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 (see last row below):

Not to worry. The head of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), Lucy Turnbull, sees an “exciting” future for Western Sydney as it is crush-loaded with another 1.2 million people:

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GSC’s chief commissioner Lucy Turnbull… said places such as Parramatta and Bankstown represented the “future of Sydney and Australia” with a youthful and diverse population making them “exciting” corners of the wider city…. “1.2 million people in western Sydney in the next 20 years is a reasonable forecast”

*In reality, the GSC is running a form of economic apartheid whereby Western Sydney shoulders the lion’s share of immigration and population growth to provide cheap foreign labour and inflated demand to the wealthy barons in the East.

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This model enables the Elites in the East to profit from the rentier services of over-priced ghetto apartments and postage stamp houses, inflated land banks, as well as higher volumes of mortgages and retail sales, while not having to share in the downsides of congestion and eroded amenity.

For the ordinary folk in Sydney’s West, the urban infill utopia of jamming millions more people into the existing urban footprint necessarily means chewing-up green space as backyards, trees and open space are removed to make way for high density living. And this will necessarily exacerbate the ‘heat island’ effect afflicting West, in turn eroding living standards and raising energy use (think air conditioners).

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.


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Our bursting cities part 1: housing solutions

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Our bursting cities part 1: housing solutions

By Hilary Harper on Life MattersShare

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As Australian cities grow at a rapid rate, the people who can no longer afford to live there, get pushed out.

Many of them are what economists call key workers — the teachers, nurses, police, health and emergency workers whose jobs are crucial for the running of our cities.

We know this is bad for the individuals who get pushed out, but researchers say it’s bad for everyone.

Actually, urban planner Professor Peter Phibbs says, if things don’t change, we’re “sleepwalking” our way into a major economic disaster.

So what can be done to turn things around?


Dr Somwrita Sarkar, senior lecturer in design and computation, with an interest in city science research, University of Sydney

Professor Peter Phibbs, geographer, planner, social economist and director of the Henry Halloran Trust, University of SydneyDuration: 19min 32secBroadcast: Thu 27 Feb 2020, 9:06am

SHARE THIS WITH YOUR LOCAL MPs and Candidates!  And tell them what you expect from their Party …

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AUSTRALIA has one of five fastest growing cities in the World!

WHY is this so? 

When we are not China, India, Indonesia …


KEY WORKERS are being squeezed out, and that is bad for all of us!

Where you can afford to live and where you need to be are two very different

places …

HOW BIG are cities getting around the World?

By 2050 there will be 9 BILLION People on the planet with some 68 -70% living in


-in 2008 we crossed the landmark with 55/60% of the World’s population living in cities

-Australia is one of the most highly urbanised countries

-a lot to do with changing economic patterns of jobs and services

-driving people inherently to where people conglomerate in large numbers

international migrant program is a significant proportion of our growth

-migrants are attracted to Sydney and Melbourne for employment

a large proportion are international students

-our migration program was ramped up in 2009 because of the GFC

-Melbourne’s growth double that of a lot of other global cities; playing catch up with

transport and infrastructure in Sydney and Melbourne

one of the key findings is that economic growth is not across the board; the extra wealth generated goes to the top income brackets; it is not trickling down!

-a key issue is housing because housing is a basic need, and an economic opportunity *

If you are thinking about housing as an economic opportunity and if you have a lot of people who have the wealth to purchase housing at higher and higher prices you have a situation where you are pushing a lot of people out of the Housing Market

-a moderate income earner whose salary is not good enough to buy a house in the city you want to live in

-the housing market is a huge generator of wealth inequalities

-very sharp reduction in interest rates; phenomenal impact with staggering price of housing

-low and moderate income earners cannot afford to save the deposit

.Australia’s rental properties on World standards are quite expensive

.now looking at 3% interest rates

.doubling the housing prices in the cities

-key workers are struggling to meet the deposit gap for homes close to the city

-teachers and nurses are moving a long way to buy more affordable housing

.with commutes of 2 hours each way to work

.hospitals are struggling to recruit staff because they can’t afford to live anywhere appropriate

.the consequence e.g. intensive care nurses end up working in nursing homes, in general nursing

.problems are emerging now unlike for nurses who bought homes in the early 1990s

-talking about the idea of Poly Centric Cities

.the nature of some jobs is to be concentrated, and the nature of some jobs to be dispersed

.Sydney a traditional city in which a large number commute to the single concentrated hub or a large number to the dispersed areas

.those living on the periphery travel longer to reach concentrated hubs

.if there were more hubs and mixed-use development providing access to a service is also someone else’s job

.a number of different CBDs and hubs rather than a single one; talking of a more efficient structure

.where no-one has to travel beyond 30 or 40 minutes each day to access their job or the service they require

-it comes down to coordination between local government, metropolitan and state level

.with the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) at the metropolitan level

.the Department of Planning at the state level

.and local government with an incredibly important role concerning social and community infrastructure


Finally professionals are telling it as it is … not so bluntly as we at CAAN … it’s time obviously for a cut to Immigration and Visa Manipulation!




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.


Macro Business: The rich feast while Aussie households famine

CAAN: Where have Australia’s ultra-high-net-worth- and high-net-worth-individuals come from?

Are they all home-grown? Or have their numbers grown substantially due to the high influx of ‘Permanent Residents’ seeking a bolt hole from mainland China with a UHNWI Visa specially for investment in Australian housing, commercial property and business, and agricultural property?

IS this in addition to Australian property developers rising up the AFR and Forbes Rich Lists? Cough … cough …

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The rich feast while Aussie households famine

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By Leith van Onselen in Australian Economy

March 11, 2020 | 16 comments

While ordinary Australian households tread water financially, experiencing zero growth in household disposable income over more than seven years:

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Australia’s ultra-wealthy population is projected to balloon further over the next five years, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report:

The data shows Australia’s ultra-high-net-worth-individual (UHNWI) population will rise to 4,881 by 2024, up from 3,796 in 2019, with more than 200 new ultra-wealthy people being created in Australia each year.

Australia’s ultra-wealthy population grew by 5% in 2019 and by 35% over the past five years.

At the same time, Australia’s high-net-worth-individuals (HNWI) are expected to grow by 34% over the next five years to reach close to 2.1 million. Currently, 50 million people globally are considered millionaires, with wealth of US$1 million or more.

According to Knight Frank’s Head of Residential Research, Australia Michelle Ciesielski, Australia is forecast to have one of the highest rates of growth in UHNWI populations globally over the next five years…

Knight Frank’s Joint National Head of Private Office Sarah Harding said: “On average 80% of Australian UHNWIs saw an increase in wealth in 2019, well above the global average response of 63% in the Knight Frank Attitudes Survey.

“Looking ahead to 2020, 63% of Australian UHNWIs believe their wealth portfolios will continue to grow, which is optimistic when compared to the global average of 55%.

Major growth in high net worth individuals at the same time zero real income growth for households sounds like a country running off the rails.

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.


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