Council robbing the kids of the Aussie backyard experience.

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Backyard fun with a Hills Hoist. SMH

A trend of smaller blocks,low-maintenance, designer backyards is robbing children of fun in the outdoors, a new book claims.

Source: Design trend takes child’s play out of backyards Please click to read its worth it.


Good article based on a book from the CSIRO on the loss of the Aussie backyard.

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The decreasing blocks and house sizes, design are robbing kids of growing up my generation did. Now the council wants to limit the space for cars, the old driveway was a great cricket pitch, hand ball court, learning to ride a bike. Big back yard big trees, great natural play space, natural cooling, place for animals to find shelter or food, its all pluses, now look what council is pushing.

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Kids playing in backyard

Councils drive for tiny blocks are taking away the safety of the old backyard where kids could play with less supervision, longer, healthier, more creative and safer.

Their high density ideology is no way for a kid to grow up, i just came back form Hong Kong, there is no way I would want to raise a family there.

”Up until the 1990s, Australian backyards were like what you saw in Neighbours, with swimming pools and barbecues,” Prof Hall said. ”That kind of suburb is not being built any more. Instead, people tend to extend the house over as much of the block they can.

”Everybody in Australia should be concerned about the health and lifestyle implications of this.”

Professor Hall said front gardens and parks are no substitute for backyards, where children can run unsupervised in safety.

He said smaller backyards also contributed to environmental degradation, with vegetation around the house acting to absorb rain and cool the climate in summer.

”Plants give off moisture, trees give off shade and it all adds to biodiversity and attracts birds and things. This being close to nature is important for enjoying your house, especially for children.”

Plant and trees like this  are not built on shoe box size blocks or in planter boxes on the 6 story of a container city.

Its quite clear our council ideology is bad for our families health and well being., Everyone around the Kim Beazley site will feel the extra heat this summer from council decision approving  its tree canopy to be wiped out.

Councillor Rachel’s small blocks, Mayors Brads Highrise, high density are no place for kids to play and are killing our way of life. Along with  all their tree clearing, concreting parks, its leaving a nasty future for our families. Leaving Fremantle with the 2nd worse tree canopy in WA.

Their  path is just bad for our physical and mental well being.



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  1. Bob Law says:

    This is a very serious matter and seems not to have got the attention of the general community so far, other than a general sense of loss and unease regarding the depletion of what can be called ‘ private open space ‘, that is, the traditional backyard on the formerly almost universal ‘ quarter acre block ‘.
    The social consequences of this loss are now only being, it seems, recognised, which undoubtedly will be substantial and retrograde in terms of the quality of the Australian way of life.
    Public open space, however necessary, does not substitute for the loss of private open space; it is complimentary and the comment has been made that Fremantle in particular is, at least in the older parts, bare and hot in summer, with little attempts at street tree planting to ameliorate this deficiency stemming from the past.
    The obsession of the so called elite and government and councils and the land use planning fraterntity and others ( so called ‘ sustainability experts ‘ ) with ‘ density ‘, that is housing density, which leads to as is pointed out, an urban landscape of hard surfaces, limited space outside the houses, heat, no softening of the urban environment and limited recreation and play space.
    ‘ Density ‘ is most often executed very poorly, with generally a former say 1000 sq. m. block ( old quarter acre ) being redeveloped with say 4 units, or more, with consequent hard surfaces for access and car parking, minimum soft planting and thus a reduction in the overall green cover and available space for private recreation; even higher densities are proposed with no increase at all in usable open space.
    This obsession in its most extreme and ideologically motivated form sees the promotion of dense housing development with no or little open space, private or public and the production of an urban environment basically inimical to real positive family and community life.
    In the US it is called ‘ stack and pack ‘; it is coming here as is pointed out in the above article, courtesy of the Fremantle City Council ( as presently constituted ) and elsewhere ( even promoted I understand by the State Government! ) with as dire social and urban environmental consequences.

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