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the world, there have been bad decisions made that have had unexpected
consequences for both the city and its inhabitants.
“A lot of the basic rationale for the planning that went on in the 50s and
60s in Perth was based on the thinking at the time,” he says. “And that was
that you built cities for cars and that you ran them through everything. That
obviously came at a huge cost, and that cost was that you sliced through
entire sections of the city, separating key parts from the core.”
But pointing to a series of newly fast-tracked city projects – to be
partially completed in time for Perth hosting the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting in 2011 and including a revitalisation of St Georges
Terrace and Forrest Place – he says there’s a new era on the horizon.
The last civic building to be built in Perth was the Concert Hall in 1973, he
adds. When he asks people to name three buildings of civic importance, most
say the GPO and the Concert Hall “and then mumble a bit after that”.
Craig says: “This is a fundamental difference between Perth and other
international cities – in that we tend to shy away from anything that’s out of
the ordinary, on which we need to spend the sort of money that makes them
buildings that ‘make’ cities.”
Drawing parallels to the investment by the NSW Government in Sydney’s
iconic Opera House, Craig says it’s time for consensus about where Perth
is going, how it plans to get there and what it needs to spend. Admitting
that there are still challenges for gaining buy-in from all sectors of the
community, he says it will be the ability of Perth people to be brave in the
face of the huge opportunities that exist that will mark its path in the future.
And who better to deal with brave ideas than the Mayor of the City of
Perth, Lisa Scaffidi? Juggling several roles – including one as the president of
the World Energy Cities Partnership – Lisa has continued to push boundaries
with innovative ideas for reinvigorating the CBD.
Her most recent Forgotten Spaces venture is working with property
owners, industry and community groups to turn several under-utilised
spaces – such as the upper levels of city buildings and laneways – into
interesting areas of cultural and economic activity. And even when this
involves reviewing regulatory impediments in the Building Code of Australia
and the Retail Tenancy Act, she doesn’t shy away.
Talking about the recent Annual General Meeting she hosted in Perth for
the World Energy Cities Partnership, Lisa says the fact that Perth is chosen
to host such events shows it’s a key player in the global economy. “It’s
important for Perth to present its credentials on the world stage if we are to
gain maximum benefit from our natural resources and to build on our strengths
and creativity,” she says. “Success doesn’t come by being a spectator.”
She also points to the idea of creating a legacy for future cities, and the
importance of collaboration and interdependence between all sectors of the
community to achieve mutual aims. “Together as cities we owe it to our
“We are still small, we are well-educated, we have
got infrastructure, we are wealthy – you can make this
place anything. With a lot of other cities, the damage is
already done – most other cities are trying to undo all the
damage, but we are still in the process of building whatever
we want to become”- UWA PROFESSOR RICHARD WELLER
Concept plans to rejuvenate the railway corridor from Perth Central station to the East Perth foreshore, by
Roberts Day with Parsons Brinckerhoff, for the What If project: (top) looking east to a new town square and
undercroft rail station at the existing East Parade freeway overpass; (above) a boulevard linking city and river.
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