Letter | Let’s not lose what makes Bathurst so special

​THE editorial on Friday, February 9 (“Go for growth, but be careful along the way”) was both timely and appropriate.

Many Bathurstians must be concerned on seeing the sprawl of roofs over Kelso and Eglinton. The question is where will it stop? Bathurst is in line to receive the overflow of Sydney’s growth.  

The Federal Government’s excessive immigration almost leads to anarchy in the state government trying to accommodate this massive influx of people.

Prime agricultural land is being destroyed by housing estates.

In the environment, flora and fauna get almost no recognition as habitats are destroyed for housing.

This pushes such fauna as the koala and powerful owl closer to local extinction.

Due to an abundance of water, the agricultural land in the Sydney basin is superior to the land around Bathurst.

Bathurstians must be well-alerted to all this development as all this will happen here in the foreseeable future.

People are moving here because of Bathurst’s rural atmosphere and wonderful amenity. It is a great place to live and work and raise a family.

The more people that move here, the more this wonderful rural city will be destroyed.

It seems to be generally accepted that, just like the sun rises in the east, increased population cannot be controlled.

A new mindset must be adopted where the people decide the direction Bathurst takes.

The discussion must begin with councillors, state and federal government   members. Limits must be set on Bathurst’s population.

If nothing is done, Bathurst will become another suburb of western Sydney. Eventually, people will move back to Sydney because the wonderful rural amenity of Bathurst will have been destroyed by excess population.

Infinite growth cannot be sustained in a finite environment. Water will be a major determinant here.

If the Federal Government wants to continue with excessive immigration, there is plenty of space and water in Northern Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Bigger is not better.

Angus McKibbin