Previously off-limits areas of southeast Queensland may need developing due to population explosion
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SOUTHEAST Queensland may have to sacrifice its “sacred cows” to accommodate a projected population increase of more than two million over the next 30 years.
Senior infrastructure planners believe the region will require 480,000 houses above the already projected 750,000 to built by 2040 to accommodate the influx.
State forests, pineapple farms, canefields and sensitive coastal zones such as Pumicestone Passage may be needed as the region looks to accommodate an extra onemore than one million-plus dwellings, or 34,000 new houses a year.
Jeff Humphreys, senior principal at infrastructure and environmental services company Cardno, told the recent Urban Development Institute of Australia forum in Brisbane the population growth would provide significant challenges for the city.
“We thought we needed 750,000 new dwellings to accommodate a (population) growth of 1.6 million … 480,000 additional dwellings are now required on top of those that were already planned for in the existing urban footprint,” he said.
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