If you would like to oppose the Luddenham Memorial Park (cemetery and crematorium) proposal, then refer to my other post which you can read by clicking here: Luddenham Memorial Unwanted
Will the children of tomorrow look back upon our generation today and say that we've made a bad decision in land use policy? Agricultural land in Australia is a finite resource and it really is time that the Government and local councils take a good look at Australia and its food production future. Particularly since NSW is the last bastion of viable agricultural land that isn't affected by extreme drought, flooding and cyclones.
1) The urban sprawl from coast to inland has seen development built upon the best and most fertile land already in Australia. Inner city and coastal regions receive regular rainfall, the soil is fertile and perfect for farming, however, housing and apartments have taken over the farms and orchards and pushed farmers further inland
2) Now it's a case of agricultural farmlands going up against competing land uses such as: cemeteries and crematoriums, gas fields, mining, viticulture, breeding and urban development.
3) Mining is something that will provide revenue for a period of time and after that, nothing. It will pretty much rip the land into pieces, pollute the area and then any attempts at land rehabilitation will take decades to repair. Cemeteries as a land use option, is just as bad as mining. It affects watercourses and groundwater, the drainage and water runoffs are heavily loaded in nutrients which will ultimately pollute local creeks, watercourses and dams. They both have a single use policy. Use once for a period of time and then the land is useless afterwards.
Will the Australian public finally wake up and realise that their food is in danger of being raised and grown in areas surrounded by cemeteries and crematoriums? I was raised in an agricultural background and I find it so sad that farmers are now having to fight against developers from building crematoriums and cemeteries adjacent to their land. It's also sad that they have to protest against miners from mining the land.
The quality of our groundwater and aquifers are currently one of the best in the world but at the rate that we are spiralling downwards, the future may be looking extremely bleak for food production. Why are councils even considering these type of development across the remaining bits of fertile land?
Australia's population is small at 22 million. Instead, there should be intensive development clustering around CBDs (Sydney, Parramatta, Hornsby, Liverpool) and close to train lines to encourage our population off the road and onto environmentally friendly options. Why was the Epping to Chatswood line built? It was to connect the city with the North Ryde Macquarie Park business park.
The North Ryde Macquarie Business Park is one of the biggest waste of public transport infrastructure. The new train stations are surrounded by low rise office buildings. These should have been developed as high rise office towers so that more businesses can rent out a suite near the station and again, reduce the urban sprawl and reduce the amount of cars on the road. It's the biggest failure of new train lines - there are so few office workers getting off at the Macquarie Park/North Ryde trains stations that it really was a piece of infrastructure that should have been built elsewhere - particularly out in the wild wild west.
When will local council realise that developments without infrastructure is unfeasible? When will they build the infrastructure first and then bring in the developments?