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Businessman wants population analysis

POPULATION QUERIES: Wimmera Grain Company director David Matthews.

A Wimmera businessman who helped establish a blossoming community banking system will use an awards night in Avoca this week to stress a need for ‘a serious’  analysis of Australian population distribution.

Wimmera Grain Company director David Matthews of Rupanyup said as guest speaker at Grampians-Pyrenees Business Achievement Awards he would ‘touch on’ what he considered a significant issue.

“We hear a lot about Australia’s population size but don’t hear enough about population distribution,” Mr Matthews said.

“We have a large country yet the largest concentrations of people are cramming into relatively small spaces in our capital cities.

“We can all see the strain this is placing on our cities.”

Mr Matthews said news bulletins were constantly leading off with stories about the engineering and infrastructure challenges and frustrations involved in dealing with an urban sprawl.

“Governments can’t keep up with the strains of cities growing the way they are,” Mr Matthews said.

“Yet, I would suggest we could add an extra 5000 people to a place like Horsham without too much trouble.

“And you could easily double the population size of towns such as Rupanyup or Minyip and the services would already be there to cope with the influx.

“There are towns all over Australia with the capacity to take more people. Yet we’re fostering a society that concentrates more and more people in our major cities.


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Posted on Aug 28 2013

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