JUWAI Claims Chinese Property Deluge imminent!

HOPEFULLY LVO is correct … however there are millions of People of High Net Worth across the World aside from the Chinese why is the Morrison Government acting contrary to the interests and well-being of a whole Cohort of Australians seeking to buy ‘a home’ when foreigners can fly in and buy our domestic housing?

AS suggested by a Commentator … why would they stop at domestic housing?

‘Come on people, let’s get real and understand that Chinese tourists are actually coming here on WEALTH AND PROSPERITY trips. They are coming here on organised money tours and are shown all the best and most profitable commodities we have to offer, by …you guessed it…Chinese spruikers.’

The Unconventional Economist disputes this claim from Juwai … that 27% of Mainland Chinese tourists surveyed plan to look at properties over the next year; that Australia was their Number 1 destination

AND this is why!

Because the Chinese capital account is tightening not loosening, recently via Nikkei:

As China allows the yuan to depreciate to a level not seen in 11 years, financial authorities have rolled out measures to stem capital outflows from the mainland.

The new rules include stricter oversight of banks in times of capital flight and restrictions on real estate developers’ access to foreign currency bonds. If the financial system is judged to be on the brink on instability, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, or SAFE, will declare the situation “abnormal.”

Under that assessment level, banks will be evaluated on the amount of yuan wired offshore and the volume of foreign currency sold. If the levels stray too far from the national average, the bank’s grade will diminish. Such lenders will then face limits on banking activities.

China is tolerating the softer yuan to ease the impact on domestic exporters during the prolonged U.S. trade war. But the government looks to avoid a repeat of 2015, when currency traders dumped the yuan after authorities lowered the reference rate.

…SAFE has also ordered lenders to request extra documentation before signing off on offshore remittances. If a parent wishes to pay school expenses for a student studying abroad, an acceptance letter must be presented. To transfer money for other reasons, documents such as a work permit must be furnished.

…”Wiring money overseas is not allowed for the purposes of purchasing real estate or insurance products,” said a representative at a second-tier Chinese bank.

AND capital controls since 2016 have demolished the inflow of money laundering capital into realtyand that far from a new deluge of property buyers … we can expect Chinese tourists themselves to stop coming in due course!

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/09/property-parasite-claims-chinese-property-deluge-imminent/

  • Chinese buyers in Australia: Here for holidays and here to buy property

Chinese buyers love to look for property when they’re on holidays and many of them have their sights set on the Gold Coast. Photo: iStock

Chinese buyers in Australia: Here for holidays and here to buy property


SEP 18, 2019

Chinese buyers have Australian property set firmly in their sights again, with a new survey revealing nearly a third of Chinese tourists plan to shop for property while they’re on holiday.

Property portal Juwai’s new survey of Chinese consumers found that 27 per cent of mainland Chinese tourists planned to look at properties over the next year as part of their travels, and that Australia was their No.1 destination to go shopping.

In Juwai’s list of top Australian destinations by inquiry, Brisbane came in third and the Gold Coast fourth, after Melbourne and Sydney.

Juwai spokesperson Dave Platter said demand for Gold Coast real estate in particular was likely to increase as buyers continued to return to the Australian property market.

“On the Gold Coast in particular, in both of the past two quarters, Chinese buyer inquiries have gone up double digits,” he said.

The Gold Coast’s infrastructure and relatively inexpensive property market is attractive to Chinese buyers. Photo: Glenn Hunt

“It’s got relatively inexpensive prices for what you get, and there so much infrastructure and investment going in,” Mr Platter said, noting that the new public transport connections held particular appeal. “And it’s easy to get to from China.”

Of the Chinese consumers surveyed, 49 per cent were looking to travel during the school holidays in July and August, 42 per cent were looking at National Day Golden Week in October, and 29 per cent during Chinese New Year Golden Week in February.

While the numbers of buyers coming from China had been falling since 2016, internal research showed that it had recently flattened out and was showing signs of increasing again.

Mr Platter added that for Queensland especially, demand was quite seasonal, with a lot of buyers shopping for properties while they were on holiday.

“They’re really looking, and they might come back to purchase,” he said. “But we hear all the time about buyers who show up and buy.”

Off-the-plan developments are particularly attractive to Chinese buyers. Photo: Supplied

“A lot of the agents will rent out a van and drive families around, and introduce them to the local highlights.”

Mr Platter said these tourist buyers were primarily looking at new developments, in part because of the Foreign Investment Review Board’s guidelines around non-residents buying resident property.

New builds were particularly appealing to Chinese buyers, he added, and many had already made good money from their investments in newly-built properties at home.

He said that as far as they could see, concerns about the build quality of off-the-plan purchases didn’t seem to be a big deterrent.

“It just reinforces the importance of buying from a good developer,” Mr Platter said.

Buyers preferred firms who had longer track record of development, and Mr Platter added that some of the biggest developers in Australia came from China, and so were already known to them.

Chinese buyer inquiry on Australian property has increased this year, according to Juwai. Photo: IStock/chameleonseye

He cited Australia’s quality of life, development and commercial ties with Asia as reasons it was a popular destination, as well as the power of education.

“Australia attracts a very large number of Chinese students,” he said. “Buying for a student who is going to be studying here is one of the most cited motivations among our buyers.”

Agent Val Parkin of Alex Phillis Real Estate in Paradise Point said he was getting quite a lot of inquiries from foreign buyers on his FIRB-approved apartment listings.

“I would say 50 per cent,” he said. “It has picked up for sure. We actually sold five already in the past month.”

He said the FIRB approval was big factor for foreign buyers and those properties currently offered a 10 per cent return, which made them appealing to investors.

“We advertise a lot on social media – through those channels,” he said.

Previous Juwai research had found an 50 per cent increase in the first half of 2019 – compared to the first half of 2018 – of inquiries from buyers looking for retirement properties, with the site now adding a specific retirement portal to their search engine.

SOURCE: https://www.domain.com.au/news/buyers-coming-on-holidays-to-queensland-and-buying-homes-881760/






HOW many still have not joined the dots … including those from the political sphere … the legal profession … what this proposed major second airport for Sydney is all about?

IS it all about our big neighbour to the north? AND what’s in it for them?

HOW soon after construction will it too be privatised? And in whose interests?

Considering the National security threats that have been allowed … will this be any different?

China eyes new Sydney airport as part of ‘belt and road’ plan

Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray

Senior writer

May 28, 2017

*China is eyeing Sydney’s new airport as a potential project that could be linked to its trillion dollar “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure plan, according to a government-linked think tank.

*The interest in Sydney infrastructure follows Canberra’s decision to keep its $5 billion Northern Australia development plan separate from OBOR, despite a push from Beijing earlier this year to officially link the two initiatives.

*“China is not just interested in infrastructure projects in Northern Australia being linked with Belt and Road,” said Han Feng, from the National Institute of International Strategy at the state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

China’s President Xi Jinping pushed the ambitious One Belt, One Road plan at a press conference in Beijing earlier this month.  Getty Images

*“Sydney’s infrastructure plan requires a large amount of capital and they need to seek international cooperation on these projects. Subways, airports and roads; these infrastructure projects are China’s strength.”

Earlier this month, the Turnbull government announced it would invest $5.3 billion over 10 years to build an airport at Badgerys Creek in western Sydney. The Sydney Airport Group opted not to take up its option to build the new airport, leaving it to the government to take over the project. Work is due to start next year and it is expected to be operating by 2026.

*“Australia’s projects meet well with China’s strengths,” said Mr Han. “It would be ideal if there was co-operation between the two governments. It all depends on Australia’s mindset.”

*So far, Australia has taken a conservative approach to its engagement with China’s OBOR plan. Unlike New Zealand, it opted not to sign a memorandum of understanding with China, which would have formalised its involvement. Trade Minister Steve Ciobo travelled to Beijing for China’s OBOR summit in mid-May but Australia is more a cautious observer than an active participant at this stage.

*Australian companies have been quite active but Australian politicians have a lot of concerns,” said Mr Han.

*“Not having an MOU between China and Australia will slow down China’s investment in Australia.”

China’s President Xi Jinping, who is pushing China’s ambitious One Belt One Road plan. AP

Beijing is looking to upgrade infrastructure along the old Sild Road through Central Asia to Europe as well as creating new maritime trading routes.

It’s not just Australia that is concerned about the geostrategic motives behind China’s grand infrastructure plan. Other countries are taking a more sceptical view of OBOR, as China looks to bolster its influence and position in the region.

China is eager to secure Australia’s involvement amid some push back from state-owned companies, which are being asked to invest in countries with unstable political and economic outlooks.

*Involving countries like Australia and New Zealand would allow Beijing to lower the overall risk profile of OBOR.

“Australia always claims it is part of Asia, but it wants to keep its distance from China,” said Liu Qing, from the China Institute of International Studies, a think tank that sits under the Foreign Ministry.

“The government wants to cooperate with China but they have too many concerns.”

Reviving the old Silk Road. A map showing China’s One Belt, One Road strategy. 

“If the new Sydney airport is open to foreign investment, Chinese companies would be happy to get involved,” said Mr Liu.

“The new airport in Beijing, which is opening in 2019, will be the biggest in the world.”

David Olsson, a consultant to law firm King & Wood Mallesons who sits on the advisory board of the Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative, said the new Sydney airport was: “a major infrastructure development and many countries are looking to see how they can take part”.

“China has built hundreds of world class airports,” he said. “Why wouldn’t we talk to them about their expertise? If it means labelling it a Belt and Road project that gets the imprimatur of China’s support, giving it access to expertise and capital at potentially good rates, then so be it. It would make no business sense if we don’t consider this option.

Mr Olsson said the northern Australia development plan had become “too politicised”.

“We need to develop a robust process for identifying our priority infrastructure projects and signal clearly which ones are open to foreign investment or participation,” he said.

SOURCE: https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/china-eyes-new-sydney-airport-as-part-of-belt-and-road-plan-20170526-gweb65?fbclid=IwAR3ACFwGjEKCYfYX0rKT_NaKda0JrRQcSAveNiwBZ8_LWD_bJcU6X5KpSLQ

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WHAT WSA at Badgery’s Creek will mean … no trees for as far as the eye can see … no Koala habitat … the heat island effect intensified … a climate disaster for more slums …

RELATED ARTICLE:  The Pegasus … the Flying Horse into Sydney and Melbourne

OCTOBER 2017 Sydney was met with the arrival of the seventh Chinese Airline … BEIJING CAPITAL AIRLINES with direct flights between Sydney and Qingdao in AIRBUS A330 aircraft … is this marking a new era for real estate tourism?

And the enormous growth in visitors from the World’s emerging superpower?

CHINA has become Australia’s largest source of international visitors, finally overtaking New Zealand in May 2017!

And by 2026, the number of visitors from mainland China is expected to have tripled to 3.3 million a year, according to a report by consultancy group LEK.

In 2018 and currently in 2019 at any point in time there are 2.2 Million Visa holders across our land … largely in Sydney and Melbourne.

Read more!


Cockpit view as new airport begins to spread its wings

The Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.
The Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.

Aviation enthusiasts will be able to explore Western Sydney Airport from today, seven years before it opens, with the help of augmented reality technology at a new visitor centre.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge will officially open the centre today at Luddenham, providing a front-row seat for the airport construction as well as a digitally enhanced walk-through of the terminal and runway.

Watpac constructed the centre, which features floor-to-ceiling glass panels for unobstructed views of the building process.

Activity on site will start to increase in the next six months following the awarding of the major earthworks contract to Lend Lease and CPB Contractors. The companies are already undertaking initial earthworks on site involving the removal of 1.5 million cubic metres of earth.

Concept image of the outside of the Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.
Concept image of the outside of the Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.

By the end of the process, 25 million cubic metres of earth will have been moved around the site, to allow for construction of the runway and the integrated domestic and international terminal.

“Visitors to the site often comment about the immense scale of work under way but I tell them this is nothing compared to the major earthworks phase,” Western Sydney Airport chief executive Graham Millett said.

At least 30 per cent of the 11,000 jobs during the construction stage would go to western Sydney locals, he said, with that figure increasing to 50 per cent when the airport opened.

In addition, a fifth of all jobs had been earmarked for apprentices, trainees and other learner workers.

The winning architectural design for the $5.3 billion airport will be announced by the end of the year and a builder chosen by 2021, with the opening date set down for December 2026.



Concept image of the outside of the Western Sydney Airport visitor centre.

SOURCE: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/cockpit-view-as-new-airport-begins-to-spread-its-wings/news-story/da979a7bf3a3c27e905cb66b65a23912?fbclid=IwAR3xJZ6WKK1s4ffl4mLnHYAuQhULfHX4RrK516WpUneg2i3_rg7DQbFHMQ4

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The project will see more than 35-heavy dump trucks and 60-scrapers move up to 75,000 cubic metres of material each day


MON 02 SEP 19

Lendlease Wins Badgerys Creek Airport Contract


Lendlease engineering and joint venture Partner CPB Contractors have been awarded the $644 million contract to undertake the major bulk earthworks at Western Sydney International Airport.

The new bulk earthworks package will commence early next year and is expected to be finished in 2022.

The Australian government is investing $5.3 billion in equity to deliver the airport in Badgerys Creek through the government-owned company, “Western Sydney Airport”.

The latest contract, which will see up to 500 people working on the first stage of the Nancy-Bird Walton airport, includes delivery of the detailed design, construction of earthworks and drainage for the new airport, as well as topographical design for the entire airport’s precinct.

Excavation work taking place at Nancy-Bird Walton Airport in Badgerys Creek

▲ Excavation work taking place at Nancy-Bird Walton Airport in Badgerys Creek.

Lendlease’s engineering arm is for sale following being hit by losses and concern private contractors had been taking excessive risks to win low-margin work, the unit is still taking on projects deemed lower risk.

The latest contract, which will see up to 500 people working on this stage of the Nancy-Bird Walton airport, includes delivery of the detailed design, construction of earthworks and drainage for the new airport, as well as topographical design for the entire airport’s precinct.

Chief executive of Lendlease Building and Engineering Dale Connor says the deal is one of Australia’s largest-ever bulk earthworks infrastructure projects to be awarded outside of the mining sector.

The project will see more than 35-heavy dump trucks and 60-scrapers move up to 75,000 cubic metres of material each day to excavate and place a total of 25-million cubic-metres of earth throughout the contract.

“As Western Sydney’s future aerotropolis, the work on Western Sydney International will be a major contributor to the economic and social development of the region,” Connor said.

Stage one of the earthworks package will see a single runway airport constructed with capacity for up to 10-million passengers a year.

The western Sydney airport is due for completion in 2026.

Lendlease and CPB Contractors are equal joint venture partners for the first package of works, currently underway at the 1780 hectare Western Sydney Airport site, which kicked off in September last year.

The project also adds to CPB Contractors’ growing list of airport infrastructure projects, including the airfield works for the new runway at Brisbane Airport, and metro projects including WestConnex in New South Wales and Brisbane’s Cross River Rail.#CPB Contractors#Lendlease#Badgery’s Creek#Western Sydney Airport


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ONE minute Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller says:

‘We don’t want sky-high slums of the future’ …

AND the next as a “one in 100-year opportunity. I think you will see the heights that are in the conceptual drawing”

… despite the current defective building crisis!

THE vision is for an aerotropolis with a new agribusiness precinct ideally to export fresh produce.

BUT where will the water come from to quench the thirst and wash millions more people, and support more export food produce?

Related Article: ‘Sydney told to expect Water Restrictions Soon as Dam levels Dive’


Sky is the limit for proposed Badgerys Creek aerotropolis

It will be the location of the new Western Sydney Airport but development at Badgerys Creek will not be limited to just the airport. Future predictions of what the suburb will look like showcase it as a bustling aerotropolis to rival some of the best cities in the world.

Ben Pike, The Sunday Telegraph

July 20, 2019

DAILYTELEGRAPH1:00How Sydney will look in the future

Developers have created a bold vision for Sydney by 2040. So what will these homes look like and where will they go?

A brand new city attached to Western Sydney Airport will feature 40-storey towers and have a river running through it.

That’s the 2040-2050 prediction of urban planning experts who have released concept designs for the aerotropolis at Badgerys Creek.

As construction on the $5.3 billion airport marches on, Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller described the images as a “one in 100-year opportunity”.

“I think you will see the heights that are in the conceptual drawing,” Ms Waller told The Sunday Telegraph.

“Why not? It is a new city it is a new space.

“It’s a new area that doesn’t have any constraints on it. While it looks like the Jetsons, that might be what happens.”

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is scheduled to open in 2026.

The aerotropolis around the airport will likely support 200,000 jobs, according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

This includes a new agribusiness precinct that will link directly with the Sydney Markets and ideally export fresh produce.

Ms Waller said there will be hotels and business housed in towers.

“This is an opportunity that we won’t get again — a one in 100-year opportunity,” she said.

“And if we get this wrong it is going to look really silly. But I don’t believe that’s going to be the case. I think people are quite genuine in wanting to get it right.”

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller says the development of Badgerys Creek is a “one in 100-year opportunity”.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller says the development of Badgerys Creek is a “one in 100-year opportunity”.

Master plans for the aerotropolis are not due to be released until 2020. They are being done by the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority — which represents state and federal governments.

*The Authority has signed memorandum of understandings with various high level industry bodies including the Australian Space Agency and company Vitex Pharmaceuticals.

CAAN: A little internet search reveals more about those, it would appear, who have been behind the push for the Aerotropolis:

Vitex Pharmaceuticals is a wholly Australian-owned and family operated company established in 1989. Founded and operated by the Chami family.

Elie Chami, now company Chairman, emigrated from post-war Lebanon to Sydney in the 1970s when he was 16 years old. Having immersed himself in the local culture for almost two decades, he believed there was significant potential in introducing Australian quality standards of complementary medicines to the Arab world — at the time an emerging market for therapeutic products. In 1989, Elie and his son Aniss established Vitex International Services and began exporting Australian made complementary medicine to the Middle East and Arabian Gulf region.

CEO Sam Sangster (Western City & Aerotropolis Authority) said the new city will have a big impact on surrounding areas.

“There will be office space at the aerotropolis but it’s more likely to be in Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown,” he said.

Our primary KPI is about generating 200,000 knowledge jobs and to make that work we need to make sure that those three CBDs are playing a significant role.

“That means we need to significantly push development in each of those CBDs, where we would like to see A-grade buildings being built.”

Mr Sangster said he expects aerotropolis building heights to be lower than in the Urban Taskforce image, but added “the images are great in that they are futuristic thinking”.

“It’s not just another CBD, it’s not just another Chatswood — there is nothing like it anywhere else in Australia right now,” Mr Sangster said.

The site of the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. Picture: Toby Zerna
The site of the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. Picture: Toby Zerna

Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said it is important to make bold predictions for the future of the 11,200ha parcel of land.

He would like it to resemble the Tsukuba science city outside Tokyo in Japan.

CAAN: An internet search: Tsukuba science city outside Tokyo; does not appear to be futuristic or tall like that envisaged by Urban Taskforce?

JOHNSON: It will be a proudly new city with significant employment as well as retail, amenities and residential buildings,” he said.

“The vision we have developed has a water body flowing through it and has significant greenery and landscape to reflect the parkland city concept.

“The buildings are deliberately futuristic and represent innovative design principles. Many buildings will incorporate rooftop gardens and green walls.”

Planning Minister Rob Stokes refused to comment on any part of this story.

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sky-is-the-limit-for-proposed-badgerys-creek-aerotropolis/news-story/014f82c11db03ec8e964966f740bb8c3






WHAT has happened to the ‘3 Cities Plan’? It seems to have blown out of all proportion …

The origins of it from the Greater Sydney Con … an Eastern Harbour City, the Central River City at Parramatta and the Western Parkland City at the aerotropolis … now Liverpool, Penrith, Badgerys Creek, Campbelltown and Wollongong … why not throw in Camden, Appin, Wilton too …?

GREATER SYDNEY soon to resemble from where the ‘new residents’ have come from …

Currently Sydney is undergoing water restrictions … back in May 2019 …

Related Article: ‘Sydney told to expect Water Restrictions Soon as Dam levels Dive’


Penrith to rival Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD

Penrith will become the new Parramatta — overtaking Sydney’s second CBD in population growth, according to future predictions. The Western Sydney suburb is expected to get 56,791 more residents by 2036, with more jobs to be available in the area.

Ben Pike, The Daily Telegraph

July 22, 2019

DAILYTELEGRAPH1:00How Sydney will look in the future

Developers have created a bold vision for Sydney by 2040. So what will these homes look like and where will they go?

The Battle of the West used to be restricted to the footy field but developers are predicting downtown Penrith will become the new Parramatta — overtaking Sydney’s second CBD in population growth.

The Urban Taskforce has released its bold new vision for the Western Sydney suburb, which is expected to accommodate 56,791 more residents by 2036.

This growth will take the Penrith City’s population to 258,195 — only 40,000 less than the current population of Wollongong.

Combined with new residents will be an expansion of high quality office jobs linked to the new airport at Badgerys Creek.

Areas like Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown are earmarked by the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority as needing A-grade office space in the next 20 years.

Urban Property Group has delivered two large apartment projects in Penrith and have another three in the pipeline, equating to more than 1000 dwellings.

Managing director Patrick Elias said “within 20 years it will be the next Western Sydney CBD”.

“The council has already actioned a vision document stating they are targeting 40,000 new jobs and 35,000 new dwellings for 2031 in the greater Penrith area,” Mr Elias told The Daily Telegraph.

“With this being said, it’s easy to paint a picture of a bustling CBD comparable to Parramatta.

“I think the epicentre of the CBD will have an array of both commercial and residential high-rise buildings with the surrounding suburbs accommodating for a mixture of medium and low-density housing estates.”

In 2017 Penrith had an urban density of 1373 people per square kilometre — well below the city’s most dense suburb, Potts Point, which has 16,229.

Penrith has a similar density to areas like St Ives and Warwick Farm.

*Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said Penrith has a lot of room to grow.

Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson says they will focus on green urban towers in Penrith. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson says they will focus on green urban towers in Penrith. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

“Our scheme for Penrith looks across from the railway station to a series of new green urban towers that give Penrith a very special character,” he said.

“Being a smaller city there will be more space between the individual towers that will allow significant ground level planting to trees and parkland.

“The taller buildings will provide residents and office workers excellent views of the nearby Blue Mountains.”

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler did not respond to requests for comment, however Penrith councillor Marcus Cornish said the images show promise.

“If the pictures were realistic I would be open to some of those designs,” he said.

“I would like to see more iconic buildings in Penrith.

“The projections here are what people wish for but the reality is more similar to Parramatta.

“Most of the applications we get are for square and more housing commission style high-rise.”

Penrith has seen an influx of high-rise and apartments in the past 20 years.

Planning Minister Rob Stokes — who refused to comment on this story — previously said Penrith’s Thornton Estate was an example of design excellence he would like to see more of.

Penrith Council’s population forecasts show Penrith City will absorb the majority of the municipality’s new residents.

What Penrith is set to look like by 2040.
What Penrith is set to look like by 2040.

The 2036 population predictions for Penrith City (56,791) are greater than the combined population growth of the 25 other suburban regions of the municipality.

A Penrith Council spokesman said transport links are vital to the area’s growth.

“We need to ensure the new Western Sydney Airport on the City’s doorstep and once in a generation government investment in road and rail upgrades deliver more local jobs and greater opportunities for the people of Penrith,” he said.

“The good news is that we are on our way. In the last five years alone, more than 10,000 new jobs have been created in Penrith City as a result of our work to grow the local economy and encourage innovation and investment in the region.”

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/penrith-to-rival-parramatta-as-sydneys-second-cbd/news-story/b1baa033d14c04eda28977cbbc228f59?utm_source=Daily%20Telegraph&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial







IT would seem Mr Latham has got it right

… the guvmnt has forgotten to include hospitals in the planning of the new growth corridor …

and as he suggests … a bigger cost saving by extending the heavy rail network …

BUT it would seem they are all overlooking the bleedin’ obvious of the Trojan Horse of the aerotropolis

… flying the ‘High Net-Worth’ in to buy what was ‘our real estate’ …



An artist’s impression of residential neighbourhoods  for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

An artist’s impression of residential neighbourhoods  for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. CREDIT:NSW GOVERNMENT

Vision of western Sydney 'aerotropolis' revealed

Vision of Western Sydney Aerotropolis

Latham crashes into Sydney’s Aerotropolis


Via Mark Latham today:

The NSW government boasts of “building a city the size of Adelaide” in outer Western Sydney – that is, 1.3 million people in the districts west of the M7 motorway.

Adelaide has four public hospitals.

Under current planning, the new Western Sydney growth corridor will have none.

The 2019 state budget failed to allocate a single cent for construction, or even identify the land on which a new hospital could be built.

…There’s another planning flaw at the Aerotropolis. The development of rail links to the airport site is being driven by industrial relations concerns, instead of commonsense planning and infrastructure provision.

The state government loves Metro trains because they are driverless and trade union-free. They have been a great success on the northwest line but aren’t necessarily the best fit for Badgerys Creek.

The recent state budget allocated $2 billion for a new Metro running north from the airport site to St Marys. This will mean a combined one-hour-and-40-minute trip from Badgerys Creek to Circular Quay (25 minutes on the Metro leg, 10 minutes in changing trains at St Marys and then 65 minutes on the Western line into the city).

A better alternative is to extend the existing Glenfield-to-Leppington heavy rail to Badgerys Creek and move travellers to the Sydney CBD (via East Hills) in less than an hour, without having to change trains.

This would also connect Sydney’s two international airports, Mascot and Badgerys Creek, by rail – a superior option for airport workers, tourists and the city’s economic development.

1 hour and forty minutes to the CBD and no hospitals. It’ll be death by frustration.



SOURCE:  https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/07/latham-crashes-sydneys-aerotropolis/


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WILL the Scomo Guvmnt call these blokes, these Engineers …


-not understanding the science

-missing the methodology

IT is no surprise these new findings have emerged, and of course …

-will they find there way into the tabloids?

-will they be taken up by the shock jocks on commercial radio?

-will the contestants in the coming Federal Election take it up as a call for


.revised air traffic limits

.revised air traffic landing and departure routes

WE reckon there is likely to be a NO to all of the above … because we know what it is all about, don’t we?

Even more of the same overdevelopment for overseas buyers …



Western Sydney Airport noise levels could be ‘significantly higher’ than predicted, study finds

14 APRIL 2019


The noise levels at the new Western Sydney Airport could be “significantly higher” than the Federal Government predicted ahead of approving its construction, a study finds.

Key points:

  • The Federal Government disputed the study’s findings and defended their noise modelling techniques
  • The study’s authors measured the noise generated from 330 planes flying in and out of the existing Sydney Airport
  • They claimed the Government’s predicted noise figures did not reflect real aircrafts

The study was lead by retired engineers Eric Ancich and Don Carter — the former having decades of experience in acoustics — who live in the Blue Mountains and could be affected by future flight paths.

The pair measured noise generated by individual planes as they departed and landed from the existing Sydney Airport.

They said the Federal Government’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the new airport underestimated how loud planes could be.

The EIS for stage one of the Western Sydney Airport, which will have only one runway, was considered by the Federal Government before the $5.3 billion project was approved in 2016.

“The idea was that we wanted to measure noise generated by real aircraft, in comparison to the noise figures in the EIS,” Mr Carter said.

“What we’ve concluded is, that the noise levels predicted in the EIS are well below the noise levels that we recorded.”

Mr Carter and Mr Ancich measured the sound from 330 aircrafts from Pymble, in Sydney’s north, and Mays Hill, in the city’s west.

The two suburbs were roughly the same distance to Sydney Airport as Blacktown and the lower Blue Mountains are to the site of the new Western Sydney Airport.


They said the EIS appeared to treat every inbound and outbound plane as flying the same height which didn’t reflect how planes actually flew.

“Surprisingly, the height of the aircraft over those locations varied quite dramatically,” Mr Carter said.

“We got heights of aircraft … as low as 1,800 feet and as high as 5,500 to 6,000 feet.”

Mr Ancich said the difference in heights meant planes could be up to 20 decibels louder at time.

“We were getting anywhere between twice … and four times the loudness,” Mr Ancich said.

“The EIS appears to have only used a single height at different distances from the airport.”

The report had the Mayor of the Blue Mountains Council Mark Greenhill calling for halt to earthworks at airport until draft flight paths were released to the public — something not due to happen until 2021.

“It’s deeply concerning if we can’t rely on the EIS for something as fundamental as aircraft noise,” he told the ABC.

The Federal Government was in charge of the new airport’s flight path design and disputed the pair’s findings.

It argued it was not representative of noise levels which would be experienced at Western Sydney Airport.

“The EIS applied best practice noise modelling techniques that took into account all variances of aircraft heights, both on approach and during departure, through to 2063,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure.

When flight paths for the new airport are released, they will be subjected to a separate environmental assessment.


SOURCE:  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-14/western-sydney-airport-noise-higher-than-predicted-study-finds/10998370?pfmredir=sm






Scott Morrison Rolls Out $2bn High Speed Rail Proposal


Prime minister Scott Morrison has thrown federal support behind two major fast rail proposals, committing $40 million in funding for five new business cases as part of its wider plan to connect Australia’s capitals to regional centres.


High-speed trains would travel at speeds of up to 200km/hr, cutting the Melbourne to Geelong commute to just 32 minutes, while Brisbane to the Gold Coast would take just 35 minutes.

At a press conference in Melbourne on Friday, the prime minister promised $2 billion in investment for the Geelong-Melbourne fast rail service. The Victorian government would need to match the $2 billion federal contribution for the project to be viable.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge joined the prime minister and treasurer Josh Frydenberg at the announcement on Friday, saying construction on the Geelong-Melbourne link could begin in as little as 18 months.

“This is all part of our plan to manage population growth [t]o take the pressure off our big cities like Melbourne and make our regional cities like Geelong even more attractive places to live and work,” prime minister Scott Morrison said.


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Victorian transport infrastructure minister Jacinta Allan said that the Geelong-Melbourne connection would cost at least $10 billion, much more than the $4 billion the government has estimated.

Victorian transport infrastructure minister Jacinta Allan said that the Geelong-Melbourne connection would cost at least $10 billion, much more than the $4 billion the government has estimated.Jacinta Allan MP / Twitter.
The prime minister also flagged plans for a “congestion busting” Gold Coast to Brisbane link.Gold Coast-based federal member Karen Andrews said that a fast rail link will reduce commuter travel times and get people off the M1.

“Easing the commute from the Gold Coast to Brisbane is something I’ve long fought for.

“Improving rail connectivity will complement the work happening to upgrade the M1 to get people home to their loved ones sooner, boost productivity and create jobs.”

High speed rail between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is already on the cards, with the Queensland project securing business case funding from the Turnbull government in early 2018.

Among other fast rail election promises, shadow infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese pledged $2.8 billion in funding for a high-speed inland rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane.

While the Berejiklian government identified at least four potential high-speed routes within 300 kilometres of Sydney in December.

In its 2018 budget, the Andrews’ government announced $50 million of funding to develop a business case for the Geelong to Melbourne link.

If elected, the Coalition said it will create a National Fast Rail Agency to guide the work and determine priorities for the construction and funding of the projects.

The government committed to five fast rail business cases: Brisbane to Gold Coast; Melbourne to Albury Wodonga; Melbourne to Traralgon; Sydney to Wollongong and Sydney to Parkes.

The government committed to five fast rail business cases: Brisbane to Gold Coast; Melbourne to Albury Wodonga; Melbourne to Traralgon; Sydney to Wollongong and Sydney to Parkes.



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FOR years we have been fed the developer lobby SPIN of transforming Sydney suburbia to fill the coffers of developers … storey upon storey for

-transport hubs to become secondary CBDs

-with towers 30, or 40 storeys … (and higher)

-that apartment living was the preferred option particularly in Asia … cough … cough …

-with access to services, security and value-for-money the drawcards

-the cost of a family home $400,000 more than an apartment

BUT what of the strata levy, lift levy, cost of the inadequate sinking fund?

AND … Infrastructure of Hospitals cannot catch up … not only a lot of deaths from Pandemics but from people who need a hospital bed and can’t get one!

CAAN:  Not only has this Ponzi Scheme robbed a Whole Cohort of Australians of quality affordable shelter but NOW there are major health risks!



Economists attack Coalition’s pensioner pork





Urbanisation making us more vulnerable to pandemics

Researchers found that a simulated influenza pandemic infected more people more quickly in 2016 than 2006. This image is day 46 of the simulation.
Researchers found that a simulated influenza pandemic infected more people more quickly in 2016 than 2006. This image is day 46 of the simulation.


Forget congestion and unaffordable housing, increased urbanisation has a less expected downside: it makes Australia more vulnerable to pandemics.

Concentration of our populations in major cities and increased international air travel are creating conditions ripe for pandemics to spread faster and infect more people, according to new research from the University of Sydney.



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University of Sydney research shows the Australian population has an impact on the spread of a potential flu pandemic.

Combining population demographic data from 2006, 2011 and 2016 with characteristics of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which caused the deaths of 191 Australians, researchers used computer models to predict how an influenza pandemic would spread in Australia in those three years.


In the simulation, a contagion starts at major airports, brought into the country by international travellers. It spreads into the surrounding areas, then to other households and neighbourhoods through work and school networks.

Air travel and Australians’ growing propensity to live near airports are increasing our population’s susceptibility to contagions, which has a significant impact on our health services, crisis response and pandemic preparedness,” said Professor Mikhail Prokopenko, director of the University of Sydney Complex Systems Research Group and one of the study’s researchers.

According to Professor Prokopenko, this is the first Australian research into infection that simulates movement and interactions on an individual level rather than modelling the population on average.

It calculates the likelihood of households and neighbourhoods being infected according to features such as age, sex, employment status and household size and composition.

For example, households with more elderly occupants would have a higher chance of spreading the contagion.

The way pandemics are likely to spread has also changed, according to the study.

The 2006 simulation spreads in two waves, first concentrating in major cities before spreading out to the rest of the country. Later simulations hit more parts of Australia at the same time.



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University of Sydney has put together a model of how the flu could spread in Melbourne based upon population figures in 2006, 2011 and 2016.


More than 90 per cent of Australia’s population lives in urban areas, with half the country’s population located in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The more people living and working in closer contact, the faster the spread of infectious diseases, research shows.

Australians may feel relatively protected because of our geographic isolation, but our increasing rate of international air travel means the chances of infectious diseases being brought into the country are higher.

Smaller capitals and regional cities are also increasingly exposed to international air travel.

“You have airports getting a lot more traffic – in Adelaide, the Gold Coast, places that weren’t historically connected to the international air network,” lead researcher Dr Cameron Zachreson said.

The Gold Coast increased its incoming air traffic fivefold between 2006 and 2016, from 285 flights to 1435.

Under the modelling, Melbourne’s west is slower to be infected than the rest of the state in 2016. Dr Zachreson says the data indicates that the economy is becoming more insular there, with more people working locally.

“Although once it takes off there, it spreads just as quickly internally as any other place,” he says.

Melbourne’s west is the fastest-growing region in Victoria.

Professor Prokopenko says the shortening gap between outbreaks hitting major cities and other areas is worrying. Currently, rural hospitals unable to handle disease outbreaks often send patients to central hospitals.

“But if the gaps between the two peaks is shortening, this idea of sending people back to hospitals in major cities may not work,” he said.



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Equally concerning for the researchers are the implications that the time health professionals have to detect and implement mitigation measures will be shorter, and that more people will need hospital care at the same time.

Dr Zachreson believes Australia needs to increase hospitals’ capacity until they are routinely operating at under 85 per cent full capability, as proposed by the Australian Medical Association, to give health services the ability to cope with pandemic emergencies.

“If anything serious happens, there will be a nation-level hospital clog and you will not have enough hospital beds,” he says.

“A lot of the deaths we could prevent would not even be ones associated with influenza, they’d be associated with people who need a hospital bed and can’t get one.”

Yan is a reporter for The Age.