Dear S-A Members
Once again the Adelaide Virus strikes: a chronic case of galloping parochialism.
In today’s alarmist article on the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, rather than discussing the critical aspects of the Plan – the where and the how – The Advertiser and so-called 'experts' takes the view that aiming for high projected growth is wrong. The article simply misses the point; planning is not about how many people actually come to South Australia; but rather it’s about how we plan in a cohesive, strategic and environmentally sustainable manner if we achieve the high levels of population growth we project. All of the things that South Australians complain about in our built environment over the last decade stem from the absence of a strategic planning policy; finally we have a single, coherent plan and all the naysayers can do is attack the numbers.
When will Adelaide grow up and say, “hey this Plan is great, because even if we do only grow by 100,000 people, we know where they are going to live, just as we would if we got half a million”. We could fall into line with the naysayers and not worry about it, let development occur wherever it likes with no rhyme or reason, no planning, but we’ve seen how that’s turned out in other countries so instead we choose planned growth. At least, that’s what I thought.
And just to finish, digging through the figures presented in the article, it appears to only reference projections for the Adelaide Statistical Division, NOT the Greater Adelaide region, the subject of the 30-Year Plan, a critical error. Taking this into account, the population projections in the Plan for Greater Adelaide appear to be entirely consistent with the ABS high projections.
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