January in Oz and the temperature’s rising. Hordes of tourists gather on the coast. The beaches are covered with their gear – surf boards, paddle boards, boogie boards, jet skis, sun shelters, deck chairs, bright towels and clothes. They say it’s fun.
On the roads cars crawl bumper to bumper through dusty roadworks – highway duplications designed to bring yet more tourists to the coast. Abutting the roads new housing estates are being constructed for those who desire a permanent sea change. Shopping malls too. Today in my neighbourhood residents are advised to seek alternate routes for a mass clearing of trees is taking place on the main road. The clearing is to make way for another vast shopping mall.
In the mall constructed last year babies bawl and toddlers scream with rage as they are denied the toys and sweets they were showered with at Christmas.
They call it fun,
progress on steroids
– it’s getting hotter.