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Perth will sprawl further than New York City, be clogged with cars and people will live in each other’s pockets as the city groans under the weight of an extra two million residents over the next 40 years. 

An analysis of how Perth is growing and will grow as more people call the city home also warns that more desalination plants, thousands of kilometres of roads and hundreds of schools will have to be built to cope with the surge in residents. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is forecasting Perth’s population to hit 3.8 million from its current 1.7 million by 2050.

For the first time the bureau has looked at what that will mean to Perth residents – and the picture is dominated by sprawling suburbs and long journeys to work.

Already the city covers 5423sq km but statistician Phil Smythe found that if the population reached 3.8 million, and even if housing density increased, Perth would sprawl over 12,000sq km.

New York City, home to 17.8 million people, covers 8700sq km.

Perth would stretch from the coastal hamlet of Lancelin in the north to the Lakes turn-off in the Perth Hills and south to a point midway between Mandurah and Bunbury.

The population density of Perth would increase to 710 people for every square kilometre, up from 319.

Mr Smythe said the number of vehicles would swell from 900,000 to almost two million.

Thousands of kilometres of roads would have to be built to cope with the extra traffic, and the use of public transport would have to increase dramatically.

Mr Smythe said fewer than 10 per cent of Perth residents used public transport now but that would have to increase to avoid serious congestion.

More desalination plants would be necessary to cope with the increased demand for water, and power generation would have to more than double to supply the energy demands.

There would be challenges for the city’s education system, with the number of schools likely to more than double to 2300 with 600,000 students.

“This may mean stiff competition for school names,” he said. “Already there are 73 schools named after saints, including 12 after St Joseph and nine after St Mary.”

Professor of sustainability at Curtin University, Peter Newman, said the attitudes of Perth residents would change, as they were already in the US, with more people moving back towards the city centre rather than out to the suburban fringes.

He said there were huge costs associated with suburban growth, from transport to health, and it meant more people were now looking to higher density or inner-city life.

“You’ll see places like Mandurah, Kwinana, Rockingham, Karrinyup and Morley fill up, especially as younger people start giving up their cars,” he said.

Treasurer Wayne Swan said yesterday that people who demanded a cap on Australia’s population were too narrowly focused in their complaints.

“It is all too easy to speak of the costs of an increased population, and forget the benefits,” he said. “This is a mistake too often made.” “You’ll see places like Mandurah, Kwinana, Rockingham, Karrinyup and Morley fill up, especially as younger people start giving up their cars,” he said.

Treasurer Wayne Swan said yesterday that people who demanded a cap on Australia’s population were too narrowly focused in their complaints.

“It is all too easy to speak of the costs of an increased population, and forget the benefits,” he said. “This is a mistake too often made.”Source  :  www.thewest.com.au


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WILD weather has caused havoc across Perth, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs and plunging homes into darkness.   

Winds travelling at more than 100km/h tore through the city overnight, ripping the roof off a granny flat in Doubleview, collapsing a ceiling in Joondalup and blowing in the windows of a house in City Beach.

More than 17,000 are believed to be without power because of the storm, mostly in the Perth hills.

State and Emergency Services (SES) have recorded 70 calls for help since 7am, with a total of 125 incidents logged since 6pm last night and 240 properties impacted.

Damage has been reported in coastal suburbs from Two Rocks to Rockingham and all SES units in the metropolitan area have been activated with volunteers in Northamweather called in for backup.

A series of cold fronts have been lashing the city since Friday, with Rottnest, Ocean Reef, Mandurah and Bickley some of the worst hit areas.

Ocean Reef recorded a wind gust of 107km/h and gusts of 115km/h were recorded at Rottnest, where ferry services have been cancelled.

The ports of Fremantle and Kwinana ports have suspended operations until midday.

Across the state, Cape Naturalist and Cape Leeuwin recorded wind gusts of up to 109km/h.  There have been reports of fallen trees and minor damage to homes in Bunbury, Busselton and Capel.

The WA Bureau of Meteorology says it is the wettest day of the year.

Flights from Perth’s international terminal are running half an hour behind schedule, and Main Roads are urging motorists to slow down and take care in the inclement weather.

Near the city, waves from the Swan River were lapping around peak hour traffic on the Kwinana Freeway this morning, while Riverside Drive and parts of Beaufort St have isolated flooding.

Traffic lights are out on the intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Stoneville Rd in Mundaring and at the junction of Kalamunda Rd and Gooseberry Hill Rd.

WA Bureau of Meteorology climate information officer John Relf says 23.2mm of rain has fallen overnight taking Perth much closer to the 177mm average with 147.8mm of rain recorded this month.

“We have exceeded last year’s June rainfall of 142mm,” he said.

Heavy rain has been reported from Collie to Walpole.

WA Water Corporation spokeswoman Clare Lugar says dams should have now started benefiting from the all rainfall.

“Up until Friday the streams hadn’t started to flow,” Ms Lugar said.  “But we are expecting it to have begun flowing over the weekend.” 

The wild weather is expected to ease up later tonight with fine weather forecast by Thursday.

Source  :   www.news.com.au

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9th May 2009, 15:00 WST

A 35 year-old man, plucked from the sea off Point Peron this morning after surviving a close encounter with a four-metre great white shark has refused to speak publicly about his ordeal.

The man, who asked police not to reveal his identity and refused requests to be interviewed, told his rescuers earlier today that the shark had circled him four of five times after he fell off his boat while trying to push the man-eater away using an oar.

In an incredible tale of survival the man, from Rockingham, told members of the Rockingham Sea Rescue that after falling in the sea he had tried to stay very still as the shark circled.

He was around three nautical miles offshore and in choppy seas when the terrifying ordeal began.

The incident started just after 7am, west of Point Peron.

Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said the man had been preparing to drop anchor when he heard a noise behind the boat.

“When he turned around he noticed a shark, described as a 4.5m white pointer, nibbling at the motor,” Mr Dinnison said.

“The man tried to push the shark away with an oar, and in the process dropped the oar in to the water, and fell overboard. The boat drifted away from him before he was able to climb back on board.

“Fortunately, after a period of time in the water with the shark nearby, he was able to draw attention to a passing boat which picked him up.”

The man later told rescuers he had feared for his life as the shark circled.

He said he had stayed as still as he could in an effort to keep the shark from attacking.

The great white had circled several times before disappearing.

It was only then that the man was able to swim towards the shore and attract the attention of another boat which picked him up and took him to safety.

Rockingham Sea Rescue was informed of the ordeal and met the frightened man as he came ashore at Point Peron.

Skipper at the RSR Colin Lowson said the man was shaking when he arrived at the rescue centre.

“The guy was shaken up, very shaken up. It was a big shark and he came face to face with it,” Mr Lowson said.

Water Police interviewed the man and recovered his missing boat, around three or four nautical miles from where he had had the terrifying shark encounter.

An alert was issued by RSR on behalf of the water police warning water users to watch out for the shark.

A spokesman for the Department of Fisheries said the man was well off-shore when the incident happened and in an area where a fishermen could expect to meet a shark.

The spokesman said the shark did not pose a danger to the general public as it was well out to sea.

Mr Dinnison said the incident should act as a reminder to boat users of the importance of wearing life jackets when on the water, especially if alone.

The man’s brush with the shark followed the fatal attack by a shark in December last year at Port Kennedy, several kilometres south of Point Peron, where local man Brian Guest disappeared while snorkelling.

Fragments of a wetsuit believed to belong to Mr Guest were later recovered from the shore but Mr Guest’s remains were never found.

On the day of the attack a shark was later seen cruising off Point Peron.



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