SPRAWL WRIT­ING IS ON THE WALL

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

TIM of Padbury (Times, Opin­ion May 16) may well be wor­ried about ur­ban sprawl, but if he had vis­ited Yanchep or Two Rocks re­cently he would know that ship has sailed.

There are thou­sands of peo­ple al­ready liv­ing here, with ap­proval in place for thou­sands more homes.

What we need now is the ser­vices and jobs those peo­ple re­quire. The long-promised pro­vi­sion of a rail link and the ex­ten­sion of the free­way (still only two lanes and fall­ing 20km short of the ma­jor growth ar­eas) is a start and one worked hard for by lo­cal coun­cil­lors and politi­cians.

How­ever, mod­ern so­lu­tions to con­ges­tion are also re­quired, such as a prop­erly func­tion­ing in­ter­net (which we do not have now that the NBN roll­out has been down­graded) and above all lo­cal jobs so that peo­ple do not need to com­mute to the city.

There have been prom­ises of uni­ver­si­ties, hospi­tals and the like but while all the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment has ma­te­ri­alised, none of these have come to pass.

The tran­si­tion from the old Yanchep-Two Rocks can­not be re­versed, whether peo­ple like it or not. This might be sad, but it is a fact. Nor can it be ig­nored.

We need com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties that are ac­tu­ally com­pleted.

We need com­ple­men­tary pri­vate in­vest­ment or a halt to hous­ing de­vel­op­ment un­til the ser­vices catch up. The lat­ter is of course im­pos­si­ble as all the rel­e­vant ap­provals have been given years ago. That means we need jobs and in­vest­ment now, not old ar­gu­ments that have long been lost.

Where Tim is cor­rect is that the type of de­vel­op­ment we have seen here should never again be al­lowed to pro­ceed un­less the promised ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties come with the homes, not years af­ter­wards. BOB FIGG, Yanchep

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