..... the people need to go to the water, rather than the other way around. You're from Melbourne? Do you really want more people there? Last time I was in the city of four-seasons-in-one-day, it seemed pretty crowded already.
Australia drought-free for first time in decade
Updated April 27, 2012 16:13:53
Cracked earth Photo: For the first time in more than 10 years, Australia is set to be free from drought (Ian Waldie: Getty Images)
The Federal Government is set to declare Australia drought-free for the first time in more than 10 years.
actually denser development is MORE economical to water and other resource usages than is decentralization.
....we **** up the entire countryside, remove productive ag lands....
Victoria in Future 2012 shows that Victoria's population is expected to grow from 5.6 million to 7.3 million, an average annual growth rate of 1.3 per cent between 2011 and 2031.
Melbourne's population is expected to grow from 4.1 million to 5.4 million, an average annual growth rate of 1.3 per cent between 2011 and 2031
Rainfall leads to rise in rodents
April 30, 2012/the AGE
Rats move into people's houses to seek warmth and shelter as the weather cools down.
RATS are invading houses across Melbourne, as changing weather conditions lead to rising numbers of rodents.
Mark Elgar, professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Melbourne, said changing weather conditions over the past couple of years may account for rising numbers in Melbourne. ''As far as I'm aware there's no change in the number of potential rat predators in Melbourne, which means there must be more food,'' Professor Elgar said.
He said greater rainfall in the past two years had led to additional food sources for rats. ''[There are] more grains, feeds and other things that rats like and of course more insects that rats will feed on as well,'' he said.
''Over the last few years there's been an increasing abundance of food and when there's more food, more individuals can survive.''
Professor Elgar said increased sightings of rats in the home may be due to a shortage of places for them to live.
''As the population increases … an increasing number of rats would be facing a housing crisis so they would then be increasingly encroaching on potentially more risky human habitation.''
Department of Health spokesman Bram Alexander said rats move into people's houses to seek warmth and shelter as the weather cools down and their food supply is depleted.
Allgone Pest Control owner Robbie Williams said there had been a surge in Melbourne's rat and mice population over the past month, with rodents accounting for about 70 per cent of his work.
Bayswater Mitre 10 manager Rob Vanderkolk said sales of Ratsak, rodent traps and rat blocks had increased significantly over the past few months.