On August 23 Michael Bayliss (President, VicTas Branch) was invited to speak to the national Safe Cities conference on the topic: 'The Impact on Rapid Population Growth in Urban Centres'. Michael used Melbourne and other Australian cities as case examples as to how rapidly growing cities affect public safety through bad building design, health sector infrastructure, psychology and well-being, and long term environmental viability.
Sustainable Population Australia Inc (SPA) is a national environmental organisation that was established in 1988 in Canberra and now has six branches nationally. While primarily concerned about population from an environmental point of view, SPA is also concerned about the economic and social implications of population growth, which inevitably includes housing and its affordability.
This submission is confined to the relationship between housing (un)affordability and population growth.
A UN Report[i] to be issued tomorrow (July 10), the day before World Population Day, will note that by 2050 about two-thirds of all humans will live in urban areas. Most of the anticipated urban growth by 2050 will occur in Asia and Africa. Already, more than half the global population lives in cities.
By agreeing to be keynote speaker at the National Conference of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) tomorrow, Kevin Rudd is playing into the hands of the development lobby, according to Sustainable Population Australia Inc (SPA). Rudd will be speaking on 'Population Growth for a Stronger Economy' at the UDIA conference in Melbourne.
SPA National President Sandra Kanck says the development lobby has a vested interest in population growth since it reaps the profits without paying any of the costs.
Kelvin Thompson, Federal Member for Wills in Coburg, Melbourne, has again pointed out that "A bigger Melbourne is not a better Melbourne". Fimmaker and SPA member Fred Zervas has recorded his speech which you can see at: http://vimeo.com/36865208
Beijing municipal people's congress revealed this week that the Chinese capital now has 19.72 million inhabitants, growing by over 3 per cent in the past 2 years. Previous estimates had predicted that the city's population would swell to that level a decade later than it has. According to the guidelines regarding Beijing's development between 2004 and 2020 set by the State Council, the number of permanent residents living in capital should have been capped below 18 million until the end of 2020.