Inspired by this debate over the governments announcement of a million new trees that are due to be planted in Stromlo, i thought i’d dig around and find out how 75,000 people are also going to live in the same area.
Only problem is that our esteemed leaders cant seem to work out exacly how many people will live in the 17 suburbs that will make up the new Molonglo town centre. Back in April, ABC online were reporting it to be 40,000 people, however Andrew Barr announced yesterday that it would indeed house 75,000 people by 2037, somewhat displacing some of those million trees and you would imagine, a fair bit of farmland as well.
Hopefully it will aslo rain lots between now and then because it seems that a new lake is also planned (Residents of woden must be starting to get jelous being the only town centre without one).
CT also bring us the brave words of Mr Barr who goes on to claim that
“the development would set a new standard in suburban design and development. It would achieve greater energy and water efficiency and better links to open spaces and transport.”
which to me smaks of a throwaway political statement to make it all sound so wonderful that people will flock to be the first molonglo residents in 2009/2010
All this of course is expected to be held up with the usual environmental impacts, development viability and timing issues. One wonders if Andrew Barr will also expedite planning approvals the same way his predecessor did in order to alleviate the apparent housing affordability crisis.