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If you visit Sydney (Australia) prepare to go hungry... [Jul. 26th, 2008|08:31 pm]
I've just arrived home from the shopping centre...

...empty shelves...

...the shelf for fresh carrots was empty, so was the shelf for fresh corn, and there were only a few scrawny cauliflowers left.

I really miss shopping in Newcastle. Not only was food much cheaper, never did I encounter a shortage while living there.

[User Picture]From: dewhitton
2008-07-26 12:14 pm (UTC)
Empty shelves in this country. That's pretty serious.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-26 12:55 pm (UTC)
Empty shelves, overcrowded busses & trains, electricity brown outs & blackouts, water restrictions, skyrocketing housing prices, shortage of police... these are becoming commonplace in the city.

If you're experiencing power outages over your way Batty it's because Lithgow hasn't been able to keep you and Sydney fed at the same time.
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[User Picture]From: ccdesan
2008-07-26 04:21 pm (UTC)

Send me your email

Stephan, send me your email - I have something to discuss with you.
Cheers, - Old Wolf
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-27 01:38 am (UTC)

Re: Send me your email

E-mail sent! :)

BTW - I don't know if you saw this: http://scottrell001.livejournal.com/21373.html
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-07-27 02:23 am (UTC)
Sydney must be large enough that you could find non-empty shelves at another store. Or do you know better?

Do you blame it on a bad local economy, or perhaps the remoteness from fertile farmland?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-27 04:39 am (UTC)
It's one symptom of a (metaphoric) disease that's running out of control. We have an abundance of farmland, some of which is not too far from Sydney itself. There *IS* a problem with water management, as we're sucking our rivers and lakes dry for sake of irrigation. Debates are raging through parliament over the fate of the Murray River.

The actual problem though (IMHO) is that Sydney has grossly outgrown its infrastructure. EVERYTHING is in short supply, including shopping centres. The nearest shopping centre to me is Chatswood (the next suburb north) but it would be easier shopping inside an insect hive - no such thing as a "quick" night shopping. I travel further north to the suburb of Gordon, the lone supermarket of which supplies districts for about a 7-9 kilometre radius, many of them very high density residential suburbs. There's a gigantic shopping centre at Hornsby, which is about twice the distance further north again, but sometimes that's necessary.

I blame the state government of New South Wales for not encouraging jobs growth outside of the main city. There's plenty of ROOM for people to live, but no way for them to EARN a living. So you could try living in the rural areas, but you'd still go hungry because you'd have no income.
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