The northern approach to Bundaberg takes my Dash 8 flight over a couple of new blocks which have been subdivided for housing - low set, tile roofed, concrete boxes for the most part. It's not my preferred housing style but what I find particularly stupid in this day and age and even more so in hot sunny Bundaberg is the preponderance of people opting for black tile roof coverings. Yes it looks very modern and trendy but from an environmental standpoint it's just plain dumb.
When we reroofed our place a couple of years ago we deliberately went with silver coloured Zincalume from the Colorbond range because of the high roof albedo and energy saving consequences. So, while many of us are doing our own little bit to reduce global warming these black tile wallies are maximising their roof space temperature, increasing their cooling costs and heating up the atmosphere.