Since 2012, this city has experienced incredible population growth. Populists can talk 'population caps' all they like. The fact is: people want to come and live here, they have a right to, and they are. We can’t, and shouldn’t, discourage growth.
Our challenge is to balance growth with retaining our lifestyle and protecting the environment.
2300 parks and playgrounds;
13,000 hectares of green and open space;
more waterways than Venice;
the majestic hinterland as our backdrop; and
52km of world-class beaches.
Council has also approved the retention - and preservation - of at least 51 percent of our City's overall footprint as 'green or open space'. So 51 percent as a MINIMUM will be preserved forever. That's considerably more than other key Australian cities. It is all about balance.
Watch out for my new environmental initiatives during the next few weeks.
A vote for Tom Tate on March 28 will ensure responsible support for our green spaces and natural environment.