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ARMIDALE, Australia -- Concern over whether urban growth
should be restricted
according to available water supplies is as important an issue in Australia
as it is in the U.S., said the executive director of the Centre for Water
Policy Research at the University of New England in Armidale.
Escalating growth at Sydney, Australia, and plans for further
the nation's capital city have raised questions over water transport and
pollution, said John Pigram. In addition, Pigram noted, a report on regional
planning on the north coast of New South Wales has focused on population
growth in the region and whether it was sustainable in terms of water supply.
"These concerns are interesting because the region must be one of
endowed parts of the state from the water perspective," stated Pigram. "If
the New South Wales North Coast is worried, then many other parts of
Australia are in a far worse predicament."
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