r3 0 3988 2242 w1200 h678 fmax

Australia, we can’t keep on building forever

Watching the mice multiply in regional New South Wales makes you think they are not the brightest creatures. They are expanding at such a rate that, at times, they turn on each other.

Discovering that I had been carrying a live one around in the toe of my boot for more than an hour also made me wonder about my own intelligence.

It wasn’t until it wriggled that I realised it was there and, with more than one shriek, I despatched it from my boot into the middle of the office.

We regarded each other with frozen horror until a passing colleague helped the mouse see the light. Ironically, I had just done an office walk to check everyone’s mouse traps, taking my own special someone with me every step of the way.

Down in our shed, you can sometimes see them climbing over each other – a grey furry, writhing bundle.

And that is exactly what popped into my mind when I read about the urgent need to release new housing developments in Sydney, about how terrible it was that there was less land being released than in previous years. Like it’s a limitless commodity.

Just like the mice, we encourage our society to go forth and multiply. Heard of the baby bonus? Remember back in 2007 when we were urged to have “one child for mum, one for dad, and one for the country”?

I know we have an ageing population. But exactly how will creating more of us fix that? Aren’t a fair few of us going to age? I’m planning to. Do we keep having more and more children to subsidise the need to look after the seniors who had to subsidise the seniors before them?

I’m not putting my hand up to fix it, but there are already just too many of us. Currently, I believe the world population stands at about 7.9 billion people.

In Australia, we have more and more people looking about themselves – thanks to incredibly low interest rates – to buy a new home. We can’t keep providing new homes. End of story. Where are they going to go?

Already, we have taken over endless tracts of trees that provide us with the air we require and who house native animals, masses of which have either died or are living bewildered in suburbia or bush remnants.

I don’t have the answers. Just about everyone has the right to have children. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But it’s probably about time we started to look at where we are going and whether we are going to have to turn on each other when we get there.

Marie Low is a freelance journalist based in Gunnedah, New South Wales.

Why Two Cats Creative uses WordPress​

There is no one solution that is perfect for everyone, but for most people serious about their business and building their online presence, self-hosted WordPress is the best fit.

It allows you to own all of your content, and you aren’t left hanging if the platform (i.e. Wix, Weebly etc) decide to close their doors, or remove functions that you rely on.

Your WordPress website is also open to unlimited growth. You can start with a basic site and then evolve to include e-commerce, memberships and much more. You aren’t restricted like you are with other platforms that are closed.

Additionally, the SEO potential of WordPress is powerful. WordPress is extremely SEO-friendly from the outset and it only gets better when you use SEO-friendly themes and plugins.

Clients often come to us because they’ve already got a website built with Wix or Squarespace, but as their business has grown, their website is unable to grow with them. For example, they need features that the other platforms don’t offer (or, not at least without their monthly fee sky-rocketing). 

Having said that, some smaller businesses do just want a presence and that’s it. They don’t care about being found on Google, they don’t need anything fancy, and they don’t want to pay someone to maintain their website. If that’s the case, then one of the other platforms may be a better fit.

You may have heard that WordPress is more complicated to use but we make it as user-friendly as possible and we will guide you every step of the way.

We use WordPress because it is a future-proof solution that gives you the most options, no matter how much your business grows.