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No Australian city has a long-term vision for living sustainably

Michael McLaren
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Michael speaks to Professor Mike Berry, Emeritus Professor at RMIT University, about his co-authored article that claims that no Australian city has a long-term vision for living sustainably.

He writes, ‘International and internal migration trends have driven rapid growth in the big cities, especially Melbourne and Sydney.

This has created major problems with providing adequate housing, infrastructure & services.

The fundamental issue is the reluctance of urban communities and their leaders to discuss what might be sustainable populations.’

‘No Australian city has a long-term vision showing how a future stabilised population might be supported with the essential resources of food, water and energy.

No Australian city has faced up to the inevitable social tensions of increasing inequality between a well-served inner-urban elite and an increasingly under-resourced urban fringe.’

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Michael McLaren
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