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Australia's $20 BILLION construction site: Once-disrespected Parramatta is turning into the nation's most modern city - as photos reveal the incredible then-and-now transformation
NEW The only sound that can be heard is the whirring of heavy machinery and banging of jackhammers. And everywhere you look there are high-rises in various stages of construction, sitting alongside empty blocks that will soon, also, become home to soaring tower blocks. The scale of the transformation - underpinned by $20 billion worth of development projects - is extraordinary. Welcome to Parramatta in 2020 - where a once-sleepy patch of suburban western Sydney founded by the First Fleet in 1788 is being turned into Australia's next big city. Where once stood a David Jones department store (top right), two huge Meriton high-rises have taken over (bottom right) - and that's just the beginning (left).
You wonder who is driving this, developers out to make money? Chinese who want to invest money into Australia? Or is it the humble mum and dad investors?
Only good thing is the roof top gardens.
Sustainable Australia Party is against all of the fast development because infrastructure cannot keep up and it is driving the population of Australia up too fast.
The average person does not benefit from these types of developments. I also personally feel they need to leave aside a patch of wilderness for the birds, insects and small reptiles.
Hi Celia - I have lived in the Parramatta area for the last 50 years and I'm afraid I don't like what is being done to it. Lovely old heritage buildings have been torn down, the swimming pool, which was used by thousands of people was torn down to make way for a football stadium, which is hardly used. The council said they are building a mega swimming centre in its place but will dig up more land and take over the golf course. Where the Meriton buildings are being built on the edge of the Parramatta River are an eyesore. The new monorail which will run through the centre of the Eat Street, is causing huge problems, restaurants will have to close as the dust from the streets is choking. One of our famous landmark pubs which stood for over 100 years has come crashing down to make way for the monorail. Nearby Westmead Hospital has had a number of lovely old homes torn down to make way for the monorail. If this is progress then I think I'd love to move to the country. Good old country life sounds good, "Give me a home among the gumtrees,,,,,,,,,,"
'Simply not getting the message': One of Sydney's most popular upmarket pubs is slapped with a $5,000 fine for blatant coronavirus breaches
The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel in the city's eastern suburbs was slapped with the hefty fine on Friday night, after it failed to follow it's own COVID-19 Safety Plan.
They need to close all pubs and clubs only social distancing will stop the spread.
Wild snow party at a resort near Perisher is shut down by cops as police dish out $9,000 in coronavirus fines
Twenty-seven revellers were found crammed into a room at an East Jindabyne resort, in south-east New South Wales, following a noise complaint at 11pm on Saturday
And the parties continue, though there are no cases reported in these areas.
The land with no face masks: Holland's top scientists say there's no solid evidence coverings work and warn they could even damage the fight against Covid-19
While 120 countries in the world, including much of Europe, have ordered citizens to wear masks in public places to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Dutch are doing things differently. The nation's top scientists, having examined key data and research, have declared there is no firm evidence to back the use of face coverings. Indeed, they argue that wearing the wretched things may actually hamper the fight against disease. This is a bold but highly controversial stance - especially as fears grow of a second wave sweeping through Europe.
How interesting, I have read heaps about the evidence they are not effective, but I guess we will find out further down the track. I reposted on the mask topic.
Yes I wrote a comment about it, was going to put that item up but thought it may upset the person running the Thread, I think she is becoming very sensative to comments, but can dish them out!
I already posted it lol. Lucca already told me off for posting it when you had already posted it elsewhere. I get called names a lot too, sticks and stones.... you know how the rest goes ha ha.
It is a democracy, well I think it is? Sometimes I wonder though!
I really don't know why they do it, I cannot even ask questions.
As I have said privately to my friends I contact who are members here I think aguements are started so the site gets more hits. Some people like to see and read the aguements Incognito it creates more hits, as a consquence more people want to advertise when more people come to read the arguements. I find it rather weird and very sad.
Well I better stop arguing then, don't want to be part of the money making scheme lol
Weddings banned, sport scrapped, an 8pm curfew and one shop per day - here's everything you need to know about Melbourne's radical lockdown
NEW Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed Melbourne will to go into strict Stage 4 lockdown from 6pm on Sunday until at least September 13, revealing a strict set of rules for the radical shutdown.
Hope it works, interesting how they will check if you have only been to the shops once per day. Feel sorry for those who have paid for their weddings, but who would be getting married at a time like this,surely they can wait? I feel for the little kiddies who cannot play their sport, must be so confusing for them.
Donald Trump tweets about Melbourne's COVID-19 crisis to remind 'fake news' media that other parts of the world are also suffering from 'Big China virus' - but vows US will be over the illness 'soon'
Donald Trump has weighed in on Melbourne's strict new lockdown measures in a rambling message on Twitter boasting about his own handling of the pandemic.
Forever the optimist Trump is, I hope his wishes come true.
Don't blame her either.
Trans-Tasman bubble is OFF the cards: Jacinda Ardern cancels plans for travel between New Zealand and Australia after coronavirus outbreak in Victoria
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled plans for the trans-Tasman tourism bubble as Victoria struggles to contain a coronavirus outbreak and is in full lockdown.
Bunnings wants to be allowed to stay open through severe Victoria lockdown even as other businesses are forced to shut their doors as part of State of Disaster measures
Bunnings reveals why it believes the hardware chain should stay open in State of Disaster Victoria despite unprecedented lockdown
Last I read they can remain open but for click and collect only.
Melbourne and Sydney house prices fell AGAIN in July and won't recover for TWO YEARS as the ongoing coronavirus lockdown hits the market
Melbourne's median house prices are expected to keep falling until 2022 as the new lockdowns and curfews create more uncertainty in the real estate market.
Regional areas are apparently fairing better.
Diver, 29, is crushed by two HUMPBACK WHALES in freak reef accident leaving her with fractured ribs and internal bleeding
The diver, 29, was with a group touring on Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef over the weekend when she was sandwiched between the massive creatures.
How terrible, pays not to get too close.
Talking about not getting too close to them, we have a Memorial Site in WA in the northern subs, there are large numbers of Wallabies and families come and bring their friends to see these animals, there is a sign that says keep 6m away from them but hardly anyone takes any notice.
Lucky they are not kangaroos who can be agressive at times.
A new report from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO shows that clean hydrogen can significantly reduce aviation emissions with potential benefits seen within five years.
'Opportunities for hydrogen in commercial aviation', which had technical input and funding from The Boeing Company, reports that growing hydrogen industry momentum could provide an opportunity to introduce hydrogen for niche airport applications (such as ground support equipment) as early as 2025.
Find the report at Energy and Resources: Opportunities for hydrogen in commercial aviation
By 2035, hydrogen could provide much deeper decarbonisation when used in conjunction with existing airport and aircraft infrastructure, and could then support a complete transition from conventional jet fuel around 2050.
CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the disruption to air travel caused by COVID-19 had caused the industry to rethink their paradigm and recover to a different "normal".
"As we see travel resume, hydrogen presents a key solution to enable a sustainable recovery for the industry using liquid renewable fuel, and to grow future resilience from threats like oil shocks," Dr Marshall said.
"CSIRO's 2018 breakthrough in fuelling hydrogen-powered cars with liquid renewable fuel has created opportunities for industries to supercharge their decarbonisation by investing in hydrogen.
"Science becomes real in the hands of visionary partners like Boeing who are willing to embrace science to support the development of a whole new sustainable and resilient industry that supports a green recovery."
The global aviation industry consumes 3.2 times more energy than the whole of Australia each year and has widely adopted a target of reducing their emissions by 50 per cent based on 2005 levels, with no net increase after 2020.
A range of sustainable fuels could assist in meeting the emissions target, and hydrogen-based fuels represented a key path to sustainable transport.
General Manager of Boeing Research & Technology – Australia Michael Edwards said the aviation industry was committed to reducing net CO2 emissions.
"Boeing is committed to building a more sustainable future and we, along with the broader aviation sector, are committed to achieving the aviation industry goal of halving CO2 net emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels," Mr Edwards said.
"In addition to more efficient aircraft, sustainable aviation fuels like hydrogen are a necessary contributor to the decarbonisation of aviation, and we are committed to furthering their development."
While COVID-19 has had a major impact on the sector, the report takes a long-term view, presenting a meaningful way to recover while prioritising sustainability.
CSIRO's 2018 'National Hydrogen Roadmap' noted that Australia's hydrogen industry is set for rapid scale-up, with cost competitiveness within reach.
This new report examines global applications, while highlighting the opportunity for national demonstration projects and continued innovation.
CSIRO is undertaking a broad range of hydrogen-related research, with a focus on reducing emissions associated with transport, energy production, and exports.
CSIRO's goal is to build a clean and competitive hydrogen industry delivering economic benefit and a secure and resilient energy system in support of Australia’s transition to a low emissions future
A timeline of aviation technologies for the aviation sector.
Interesting, sounds good.
Wonder if international airline travel will ever get back to its pre-pandemic levels.
Trouble is anything 'clean energy' is being stopped by the coal, gas and oil industry. Australia has an opportunity to be a leader in hydrogen.
Australian among at least 73 killed and thousands hurt in Lebanon as fire at Beirut port detonates 2,700 TONS of highly explosive chemicals sparking explosion the size of a small nuclear bomb
A massive explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has killed at least 73 people, left thousands more injured and wreaked devastation on the city. The country's health minister said more than 3,000 have been wounded (casualties at a hospital, bottom right) following the blast at the city's industrial port, where warehouses are believed to contain explosive materials. Dramatic footage from around 6pm local time shows smoke billowing from the waterfront area shortly before an enormous fireball explodes into the sky and blankets the city in a thick mushroom cloud left). Witnesses have stressed the sheer enormity of the blast, which was heard 125 miles away in Cyprus, and likened it to a 'nuclear bomb'. It obliterated the immediate surrounding buildings, where firefighters were still battling flames this evening (top right), and even inflicted damage on districts miles away from the blast site. General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim said: 'It appears that there is a warehouse containing material that was confiscated years ago, and it appears that it was highly explosive material.' Prime Minister Hasan Diab vowed in a televised address that 'those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price'
Scott Morrison confirms at least one Australian is dead in horror blast in Beirut - with 20,000 citizens thought to be living in Lebanon
The massive explosion has killed at least 73 people, including one Australian, Scott Morrison confirmed on Wednesday morning.
Turns out it was Ammonium nitrate that was being stored, near residental area too.How stupid is that! So many people have been injured.
REVEALED: Daniel Andrews' emotional two-word message to Melburnians as he shares haunting photos empty streets - but furious Victorians demand he 'take responsibility for his stuff ups'
Barely 24 hours before services deemed non-essential are forced to shut their doors again on Wednesday night, Mr Andrews tweeted three photos showing the city's streets nearly deserted.
"Thank you" he said, well what about "Sorry I stuffed up and now we have come to this". or "Sorry to all those who have lost their jobs and won't be able to pay their rent or mortgage"
Gladys Berejiklian warns a 'huge tidal wave' of COVID-19 cases could soon hit NSW - as it's revealed 200 people arrive in Sydney from virus-ravaged Melbourne EVERY DAY
NSW recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases from 12,876 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday. One case is in hotel quarantine and none are from an unknown source.
So why is she letting so many people in then?