The devil is in the detail
When reading the subtext of Smart City planning documents, there is much talk of reduction of product, energy and fuel consumption.
What these academic eco-warriors have intimated on the surface of the planning strategies, is a utopian outcome that is kind to the planet, nurturing to the land and wild animals, creating convenient community living, and sustainable longevity for humanity.
However, they don't just mean being mindful of waste when they speak of the environmental responsibility each person holds.
Their goal is the introduction of quotas and rations on your use of electrical energy, heating and cooling, water, whitegoods, vehicles, domestic and international travel, clothing and food, according to your financial means and how many carbon credits you have.
It appears from the underlying intention and sub-text that you will only be able to access what you are provided with, according to your demographic.
Is this how you want to live?
Welcome to the new 15-minute region lifestyle where rules will be implemented to reduce the distance required to travel between your home and most everyday needs, including shops, cafes and schools. Smart Cities proponents all communicate the concept of the 15-30 minute region.
"Fifteen minute neighbourhoods will transform the way people on the Central Coast live, with access to the goods and services you need and expect within a short walk or bike ride", according to the NSW Regional Plans.
The draft regional plan adopts the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, where the prioritisation of transport include walking, cycling and public transport.
This is reminiscent of the Covid-19 lockdown mandates, when you could not travel 5kms outside of your Local Government Area (LGA) without showing your "permission to travel papers" allocated by Service NSW.
This has been openly publicised in Oxford, England and it is a global characteristic for Smart Cities.
Covid was a global test-run for geo-fencing and restricting movement outside of your region, which we espouse was a practise for the Smart City 15-30 minute regions that will be imposed.
The public are now socially-conditioned for future restrictions and loss of freedoms in the name of 'doing the right thing'.
Can you see the correlations between the two?
When taking these factors and the global push for solely electric vehicles by 2030 (which don't get you far due to poor mileage performance), it is not hard to see that the agenda and planning is in place for restricting the movement of citizens.
Human Habitats - Communitarianism
The terms for suburbs and regions in Australia has never been referred to traditionally as 'precincts', 'habitats' or zones.
These new terms are being used in the United Nations, World Economic Forum (WEF) and Smart City documentation and related political media releases.
Up to now, we have only used this terminology in relation to planning zones - industrial versus residential. Those terms have been used historically for communist countries and parts of America.
This is disturbing when you look at the Smart City characteristics of surveillance, resource-sharing, lack of individual transport, high-density housing, moving people from the outer fringes into Smart cities, conservation of all natural resources (land) and "communitarianism" (a regular WEF theme meaning social communalism, where collective community needs come before individual needs).
Dystopian control of geo-fenced residential zones is a frightening concept, where all freedom, self-determination and empowerment is taken from you.
You will be expected to accept it for your own good, and coerced to act and make choices that the government determines as being in the best interests for you and the community.
This is called Marxism or Communism.