I'm in the southernmost Caravan park in Australia right now. The neighbouring folk compared their toilet systems..... People love bragging about how much they spend on their rigs.
Grey water holding tank, black water holding tank, sludge pump, macerator, solar power to run stuff.....
Not to be outdone (and feeling a little left out of the conversation) I told them I use a process of environmentally friendly, natural biological decomposition treatment combined with intense ultra violet radiation to sanitise my waste. (Even bears sh it in the woods).
This is a crime against common sense. Backyards have shrunk to nothing. Where can kids play?
About time to ditch our national obsession with individual houses.
People in other countries live quite happily in low- rise blocks of flats or townhouses with shared facilities like playgrounds, parks, etc. Several generation are normally very close and support each other with childminding, meals, etc.
Meanwhile Oz spends up large on special facilities to keep our aged and our little kids far apart. Clever.
So, we ditch a characteristic of Australian life that brought so many Europeans here post-war so that we can conform to the way the teeming masses of Asia clump together?
Think about why we went from this 19th Century close settlement like this:
to post-WWll quarter acre blocks like this:
Form space like this:
to cramped like this
Building houses on postage stamp-sized blocks does, in fact, greatly increase population density, but it also increases vehicle density, the length of the peak hour, reduced response times for ambulances and fire engines, changes in micro-climate (or even regional climate). It increases air and noise pollution as well as domestic and public violence.
In NSW, the government would do well to cease being Sydney-centric and look to use modern communication technologies to promote development outside the Sydney Basin. There's no use trying to develop manufacturing anywhere as we have sold our souls to the Chinese dragon. The best we can do is to develop our service skills. You want fries with that?
Why persist with individual houses if they don't have backyards? Low-rise townhouses or flats could accomodate the same housing density and leave room for ample shared facilities. It could help overcome the chronic isolation of our suburbs, with the associated social breakdown, loneliness, mental health issues, lack of aged care, childcare...
But OK, that would require town planning to be done in the best interests of the people. Since town planning is generally 'subsidised' by developers (and an interest in maximising income from rates), it is unlikely that councils will put much effort into the social values such as quality of life. There are some very successful examples of medium density housing that discourages the urban isolation that we see in Australia. Unfortunately our governments respond best to business models rather than supporting societal needs at any level (including the most basic level that housing represents)
Why persist with individual houses if they don't have backyards? Low-rise townhouses or flats could accommodate the same housing density and leave room for ample shared facilities. It could help overcome the chronic isolation of our suburbs, with the associated social breakdown, loneliness, mental health issues, lack of aged care, childcare...
No Backyards: No play space for kids.
Shared facilities: Barren wastes occasionally populated with unimaginative play structures. Shade less, water less expanses where activities that require open space are banned by Local Government By-Laws.
Chronic isolation: Located at distances from places of work so that residents have to spend hours travelling to and from, returning home too exhausted to socialise.
Social breakdown: Suburbs erupt from farmlands like mushrooms after Spring rain. Fill the ticky-tacky boxes with strangers of mixed cultural backgrounds. No community history.
You have to live in these areas of our major cities to develop the yearning for a house on a quarter acre.
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