poignant topic. I've actually got in touch with Rob Adams and his team who completed the Transforming Australian Cities report for various LGAs in Melbourne in 2009 and it was revised in 2010:
The reports crux: Melbourne could accommodate a further 2.5-3 million people (current pop 4.2 million) on 7.5% of its existing brownfields inside the existing metro area / contained within the current sprawl belt.
I want to speak with them about obtaining data for my ongoing blog
posts on the topic of all the rail infrastructure studies that are currently underway / about to get underway in Victoria and how brownfields identified in this report fit well with the proposals
I'm pushing as an alternative to just adding more branch lines to the existing rail network.
I posted a thread on this, but surprise surprise it's fallen back many pages, however here's a lecture Rob Adams gave to SFU in Van on the report:
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