It’s much broader than that, apart it’s access to the same level of basic services.
Government services are easier and more cost effective to provide in the higher population areas.
Education, health, transport, policing, infrastructure etc.
Having greater political power gives a small degree to redress that imbalance when decisions are made. That local considerations are considered.
To be fair it is the balancing act between the rurals wanting to be left alone while simultaneously not wanting to be ignored.
Urban folk get that warm inner glow about doing their bit for the environment, provided the cost and implications are borne by somebody else away, way out there.
There is the imposition of a whole raft of land and water management regulations, applied with classic bureaucratic inflexibility by people who make decisions on whiteboards in 20th floor boardrooms.
Imposing building standards applicable to high or medium density developments on houses built where the nearest neighbor is miles away but access to power, water, internet etc don’t come packaged with the deal.
Being levied road service taxes to fund major transport projects in the city when there are no sealed roads to your property and access bridges are being closed because they are too expensive to maintain.
It pisses me off, as a volunteer of a junior footy club, that the urbanites demand an ambulance be called to treat a boy with a broken arm or collarbone when there is a major public hospital in of line of sight, while my relatives have died from avoidable causes because they couldn’t get to a doctor, much less an emergency ward.
I remember once returning from a bushwalk in Sydney and on the way through the car park that there were dozens of vehicles whose owners were out boating on Warragamba Dam enjoying water sports, but their cars all had “No Dams” stickers in support of the latest urban environmental fetish.