NEWS of a significant decline in open space after a decade of population growth and high density development (” ‘Garden state’ at risk as population flourishes”, The Age, 20/12), highlights the damage Labor’s planning policy, Melbourne 2030, has done to Melbourne.
With developers given almost free rein, particularly in inner suburbs with higher land values, a sharp decline in open space and green areas has brought a decline in liveability. Increased congestion, greater pollution and social impacts are quite apparent. Little wonder the public moved to end this cram-and-stack policy through the ballot box last month.
Now the stage is set for a new vision for Melbourne, which should include a greater role for regional centres and less focus on the inner and middle suburbs, which have infrastructure that is clearly at breaking point.
Mathew Knight, Malvern East