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Event Notices

Launch of SPA Discussion Paper: Population growth and Infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) launched our discussion paper: Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: The catch-up illusion.

The launch was held in Sydney, November 26,  hosted by Professor Bob Carr (SPA Patron) and Leith Van Onselen from MacroBusiness, lead author of the paper.  It was very well attended by a cross section of the community, including concerned residents, envrionmentalists, academics and the media.

This paper and the launch is the culmination of several months’ effort by the SPA team.

  • A link to the full report can be found here
  • The media release can be found here
  • An attachment to Leith van Oselen's presentation slides can be found in the attached pdf below

This paper should stimulate public awareness and discussion and influence our political leaders to take more seriously the issues of population growth.

You can help to add to the ‘buzz’ about this new paper by sharing this link with your friends and family.  If you are Twitter or Facebook users, please go to the SPA Facebook and Twitter pages, to share or re-tweet the post, which will be found as a pinned post at the top of the page.

  • Facebook link here
  • Twitter link here...  If you are tweeting, you may like to include some hashtags such as the following: #auspol #infrastructure  #populationgrowth  #population  #planning

With the ongoing support from SPA members and supporters, this will be the first of a series of well-researched, professional papers which will challenge mainstream thinking about population numbers.

 

Link to the discussion papers page
 

 

November 25 2019

Official Launch: Population growth and infrastructure in Australia - The catch up illusion

November 14 2019

Conversations for Change

 

A workshop on talking about population


Saturday 9th of November,
2pm to 4.30pm
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts,
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

The workshop will help you skilfully, confidently, and with empathy, talk about population
with a friend, family member or colleague. It’s about grass roots communication and will
include navigating misunderstandings, defensiveness, and other barriers to open, calm
and honest conversation.

Common fallacies about population will also be covered, and a summary ‘pocket
resource’ of responses to myths and barriers will be given to each participant. 

Kay Dunne, Vice-President, SPA NSW, will facilitate the workshop. Kay is an
experienced educator in management development, as well as a facilitator and trainer in
corporate strategy and organisational performance. You can talk to Kay about the
workshop at kaysdunne@yahoo.com.

The event is free but you must register:
 
www.eventbrite.ie/e/conversations-for-change-tickets-75821272467

October 10 2019

SPA VicTas Branch Stall at Melbourne Eletrikhana

 

The Victoria and Tasmania branch of SPA have been invited to host a stall by the organisers of the Melbourne Electrikhana.

 

The event is run by the The Australian Electric Vehicle Association,  which will showcase the latest electric cars, including free test drives, information and a range of community stalls.

 

Details of the event:

 

SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER  10.00AM - 4.00PM

METEC DRIVING TRACK at Kilsyth South. 82-112 Colchester Rd, Bayswater North (Kilsyth) 3153

Entry by donation

Link to the website here  and in pdf attachment below.

 

This is unique opportunity for Sustainable Population Australia, in which we can can actively take part on a wider conservation on sustainability, including clean technology.

The stall will be run by enthustiastic members of the Victoria and Tasmania branch and will include information, booklets, and copies of 'Growing For Broke.'

 

September 13 2019

Can We Curb Our Growth Obsession – Is Bigger Always Better?

When:  World Population Day, Thurs 11th July, 6pm to 07:30pm

Where:  Melbourne, Victoria
             New Internationalist Bookshop, Trades Hall

 

Australia’s Economy is centred on the belief that we need GDP and Population growth for prosperity.  However, GDP tells us nothing about quality of lives, and gives no regard to the depletion or degradation of natural resources.

This event will explore alternative (Non-GDP) models for progress from New Zealand and Costa Rica, and discuss the impacts of population growth on town planning and climate change.
Presentations will be followed by a panel/Q&A sessions, with refreshments including wine and cheese.

This event is open to all members of the public

 

Event Speakers

 

Kelvin Thompson (Event MC)

Kelvin is a former Federal MP and President of Sustainable Population Australia (Vic/Tas).  He is passionate about the environment, and supports ‘population reform’  to ensure a more sustainable future for Australia.

 

Bronwyn Plarre

Bronwyn is an activist who has worked with the Climate Guardians & Galilee Blockade among other groups. She is an active member of Urban Coup, an organisation that is focused on community based resilience.

 

Mark Allen

Mark is a former planner and environmental campaigner who co-founded Population Permaculture and Planning and started the holistic activism movement to promote less conflict and more critical thinking into activism.

 

Michael Bayliss

Michael is the Communications Manager for Sustainable Population Australia. He is a long term grassroots environmental activist, with a particular interest in post-growth societies.

 

 

This is a free public event with limited seating capacity (40 people). This event is in recognition of world population day and the event has been facilitated by the Victorian and Tasmanian branch of Sustainable Population Australia.  However, this event serves to promote a diversity of views and perspectives on the the topics of post-growth societies and population growth. Therefore, we strongly encourage an environment that mutually respects different opinions.

Thank you to the New Internationalist Bookshop for hosting this event.

 

Please find link to the Facebook event here

June 28 2019

Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

Sustainable Population Australia invites you to a free Public Forum: Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

When:   Saturday 27 April 2019 1.30 – 5 pm
Where:  The EcoCentre, Griffith University Nathan Campus, building N68
RSVP:    qld@population.org.au
More details: See this poster which includes a map

Confirmed speakers:

Hugh Possingham, Ecologist and Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
Sue Arnold, Journalist and President of Australians for Animals NSW.
Steve McDonald, Town Planner & President of Redlands2030 citizen action group.
Cameron Murray, Economist and Senate candidate for Sustainable Australia.
Crispin Hull, journalist and columnist for the Canberra Times.
Kelvin Thomson, former Federal Labor MP for the seat of Wills.

Open to all members of the public.  This event includes afternoon tea.  

March 3 2019

TOUGH CROWD launch and public screening, with Rod Quantock

Celebrate the launch of the Tough Crowd web series, featuring live performances by Rod Quantock, OAM and Jude Perl, comedian and musician.

Population is an issue that is a concern to many environmentalists and this issue is not just the responsibility of policy makers, it can influence people’s personal decisions, such as having children. Rod Quantock interviews comedians and interesting people on the challenges they face in discussing population as an environmental issue.

Tough Crowd intimately explores people’s attitudes toward environmental concerns on population, including decisions around raising families and the difficulties in discussing these issues in society.

The launch will also celebrate the committment of the generous donors to the Crowdfunding Campaign that made this all possible

The screening is in partnership with the 2019 Sustainable Living Festival.

WHEN
FRI 22  Feb or SAT 23 Feb
7:00 PM - 09:00PM

WHERE
LONG PLAY CINEMA
318 ST GEORGES ROAD FITZROY NORTH

COST
FULL TICKET: $10
CONCESSION TICKET: $7

Book tickets here

https://www.trybooking.com/ZHMM

 

 

 

February 12 2019

Victorian Members - write to your newly elected parliament about your population concerns

 

To our Victorian members, Victorian supporters, and anyone living in Victoria concerned about the record population growth in the state.  Growth which is threatening to liveability and long term sustainability of both Melbourne and regional Victoria.

With a freshly elected Victorian state parliament,  we suspect that population will be a hot topic for the next parliamentary term.

Therefore, it is an ideal time to write to your serving MPs to tell them exactly why high population in Victoria is not serving you.

The more of us that write to our politicians, the louder the voice for change in population policy will become.

For this reason, we have written a pro-forma letter that we believe covers the main points, makes a convincing argument and is keeping to the style that we believe politicians will read.

Please feel free to use the entirely of this pro-forma or to personalise it when sending to your local lower and upper house MPS.

You can search for your own representatives at the website here

 

Thank you and good luck!

 

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), Victoria and Tasmania Branch

 

 

pro forma letter below:

 

 

{local member}

{date}

Dear (Title and name) ,

I am writing to you today in relation to the rapid rate of population growth within our state, particularly within Greater Melbourne, which is growing at over 100,000 per annum.  The only debate within government and the media is centred around “where Victoria should house all of the population growth”, but surely the bigger debate is on the merits of population growth, and whether it is a good idea at all?

Population growth is an issue which exacerbates many of the common concerns of today:congestion, liveability, environment, water security, public-debt, and housing affordability.  Therefore, it is essential that the all levels of government consider these issues against any future population growth. 

Melbourne reached 5 million in 2018, and is now projected to be a Megacity of 8 million by 2051.  This would be a very poor outcome for residents:
A Melbourne of 8 million is not a liveable city.
A Melbourne of 8 million is not a prosperous city.
A Melbourne of 8 million is not a sustainable city.
A Melbourne of 8 million is not an affordable city.

The Victorian government’s plan to continue to expand the suburban fringe (i)  has created large pockets of sprawl, which offer a poor quality of life for residents.  City fringe residents face commute times of up to 2 hours, and confined to a 300m2 block (ii) , yet don’t enjoy any of the benefits of rural lifestyles.  However, with median house prices in excess of $1 million for the majority of Melbourne’s established suburbs, few families have a choice but to live in these fringe estates.  

The alternative of increasing the density of Melbourne with more apartments is no panacea either.  Historic buildings and family homes have been replaced with cranes and constructions sites across all of inner Melbourne.  It is a property developers’ paradise.  For residents, however, high density living has been shown to have adverse mental and physical effects . 

The Property Council and business lobby groups will insist that more infrastructure is the solution.  Planning consultant Marcus Spiller has said, “We are now just so far behind that there's almost no way to catch up with the growth". (iii)  Current infrastructure projects such as: the level crossing removal ($4 billion), the Melbourne metro project ($11 billion), Northeast link ($15 billion) are a huge impost on the state’s budget, and are at best a band-aid on the city’s growing congestion.  Furthermore, the huge cost of this “growth infrastructure” is diverting funds away from other essential services, while piling the state under a mountain of debt.

The Treasurer, Tim Pallas, has trumpeted the benefits of population growth as a boon for the Victorian Economy.  This ignores the fact that per capita, the Victorian economy has gone backwards in four of the past eight years (iv).  Our current trajectory towards a future of 8 million Melbournians is perilous, and not in the best interests of the electorate. 

I urge you consider the following actions:
1. To actively debate the topic of population growth within state parliament, and to seek public consultation on the current growth agenda
2. To develop a population policy which considers all of the impacts of population growth on Australia’s:  economy, health, environment, and living standards.
3. Negotiate with the federal government to reduce Australia’s immigration intake in line with long-term historical levels of 70,000 per annum.  Net migration is responsible for 60% of Australia’s annual population increase, making immigration policy our ‘de facto’ population policy, at present.

I look forward to your response.

Regards,

{your name}
 

 

(i)  https://www.domain.com.au/news/melbournes-urban-sprawl-continues-to-the-...

(ii)  https://www.realestate.com.au/news/blocks-shrinking-in-melbourne-housing...

(iii)  https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/sydneys-high-densi...   story/46f635cf0c437e9018b1d58ca50576a9?nk=bca1a77baadc9f7b0118f33e2cebeba5-1544224777

(iv)  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/4-million-5-million-8-million-how-big-...
 

December 22 2018

Victoria and Tasmania Branch AGM and Seminar 2018

Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian and Tasmanian branch) Annual General Meeting

Saturday September 29th 2018 at 2.30 pm Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

NOMINATIONS for COMMITTEE POSITIONS:  Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee position, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or committee member Please email before 28th September to victas@population.org.au  or write to: RETURNING  OFFICER , SUSTAINABLE POPULATION AUSTRALIA, Victorian and Tasmanian branch, P.O.BOX  556 Hawthorn 3122 to arrive before Friday September 28th 

Following the formal proceedings, you are invited to our public seminar

What does the Australian public really think about a Big Australia and what do the media try to make them think?” 

Presenters:  

Dr. Katharine Betts,  Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology, Swinburne University,  Author of “The Great Divide: immigration politics in Australia”,  and researcher for The Australian Population Research Institute. Dr. Betts will present her research into attitudes of the Australian public towards Australia’s current high immigration- driven population growth.

Ian Penrose, Melbourne’s first Yarra Riverkeeper, City of Melbourne 2010 Environmental Award winner, Boroondara citizen of of the year 2015, long term campaigner for population stabilization. Mr.Penrose will present his recent research into the way the media in Australia frames the population issue.
 

September 26 2018

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