I don't think anyone would disagree that Adelaide doesn't have 'infinite tracts of land' available for housing, but that really isn't the issue I was raising. The issue is that the politicians knew about the actual (not just potential) results of the EPA report and still allowed the selling to continue. The taxpayers will ultimately be the ones to pick up the bill should there be a requirement to repurchase. As someone who worked for years in local government, I have no illusions about the 'co-operation' that goes on between developers and local councils. Maybe there is the opportunity for more transparency now with Steering Committees like the Bowden Village one, but this has a lot to do with the interest taken in the area by people with loud voices and vested interests to protect (mainly their own property values). Unfortunately the people with the loudest voices in the Port Adelaide developments were not the less wealthy local residents but the developers and their friends and the rest of us can look forward to bailing them out and ensuring that their nest eggs/salaries are not affected.