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citizens to educate them fully about the importance of the energy sector
and what it truly means to our respective cities and nations; to highlight
the opportunities and benefits to be gained through knowledge and skills
sharing, joint-ventures between our academic institutions, the need to
continually focus on the liveability of our cities.”
Discussing the newest candidates for the city’s facelift – the Old
Treasury Buildings, which, after being vacant for 17 years will be transformed
into a luxury hotel – she says the only real impediment for positive change is
a perceived amount of over-regulation within the State.
“I believe sometimes we can analyse things too much,” she says. “For
now, Perth is doing very well for its age and is economically enjoying a very
buoyant time. We’re blessed with a wonderful climate and environment,
which are the envy of many other cities, and we enjoy a stable political
environment and are relatively free of civil conflict.
“There’s a perception of over-regulation, but that’s the price of enjoying the
lifestyle and safe working environment we have. Unfortunately, some of those
regulations do baffle overseas visitors and business people, so there’s always
room for reform. We need to look to the future, rather than hanging on to old
ideas and practices that had their origins in a different era,” she says.
Looking to the State Government to provide leadership on this,
Lisa says it will remain her aim to create a city that’s as welcoming and
functional as possible. This is the thinking behind the State Government’s
proposed Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) – to be introduced in local
areas and intended to give the State greater ability to make decisions
in relation to planning matters.
Created as localised decision-making bodies, and consisting of a mix of
independent experts and elected representatives, the DAPs will have the
power to determine applications for development approval, instead of the
relevant decision-making authority. All projects more than $7 million in the
metropolitan area and more than $15 million in the CBD will need to be
presented to a DAP for planning approval.
Planning Minister John Day says the recent legislation will hopefully help
facilitate larger, high-quality projects to occur more readily in the metropolitan
area, and provide leadership on matters of growing public importance.
“I think increasingly across the wider community there’s an
understanding that we can’t continue carrying on the way we have
in the last 30 or 40 years, and we do need to make changes in the way in
which we do things,” he says.
“To be able to facilitate quality development, the approvals system has been
reformed fairly significantly, still with Local Government having a major role
but with the State being strong in a position to act where necessary.”
The DAPs system will involve a team of State and Local government
representatives working together with industry experts to authorise
“At the moment, the Perth metropolitan areas are very
dispersed, very low-density on average... the main benefit of
density is, of course, that it does lead to a greater critical mass
of people and more opportunities for commercial development
restaurants, cafes, entertainment facilities and so on – so a lot
more interesting places for people to live”- PLANNING MINISTER JOHN DAY
A revamp of the city’s Howard Lane with upgraded lighting and paving, plus a Stormie Mills artwork, won
the City of Perth Design Award at the 2010 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (WA) Awards.
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