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MRA’s vision is for a revitalised Perth. We will
build sense of place in the redevelopment areas by
supporting unique and high-quality design, heritage
protection, public art and culture that respond to
Perth’s environment, climate and lifestyle.
We will promote urban efficiency in the design
and construction of infrastructure and buildings
and in the mix of land use and through facilitating
a critical mass of population and employment in
the redevelopment areas. We will enhance
connectivity in the redevelopment areas with
well-designed places that support walking,
cycling, and public transit so residents and visitors
can access services, activities and employment
without reliance on cars.
We will promote economic well-being by
meeting market demand projections, providing
opportunities for local businesses and emerging
industries, and generating employment
opportunities. We will promote social inclusion
for varied people in the redevelopment areas by
requiring diverse and affordable housing and by
supporting community infrastructure, activities
and opportunities for visitors and residents to
socialise. And we will enhance environmental
integrity by supporting ecologically sustainable
design, resource efficiency, recycling, renewable
energy and protection of the local ecology.
We have more than 10 projects on the go in
the Perth metropolitan area, including Armadale
and Midland. Right now, we are focused on
making all these projects happen. The major
projects in the city centre are particularly exciting.
I’ve lived these projects for years and now
they’re funded and happening. We’ve had
plenty of preparation time to get the opportunity
right and it’s been a great team effort. We’ve
had strong bipartisan support all along and
I think this will continue because I believe we’re
all pushing for the same cause.
The major projects are aimed at creating a central
city that spreads 5km in every direction. They will
bring activated streets and places for community
to meet – and community is what we’ve got
to stand for. We’re also focusing on waterfront
activation, which will include a combination of
places for people to live, work and play.
“We need to look at ideas and build them
into a form that suits Perth. Perth is Perth.
We must ensure that in any new
development, the uniqueness of our
landscape and its history is retained”
Although we need to review it under the MRA and
include Perth Waterfront, EPRA Redevelopment
Scheme 2 describes what’s going to happen in the
private and public domains in the areas in which we
are working. Most areas we go into are a problem
for the private sector to engage in. It’s our job to get
them to a point where the private sector can engage,
but from there we maintain a high level of control.
When developers come on board they are under
a commercial contract – a project development
agreement that specifies all the contract conditions
they must deliver on. And we hold them to that.
MRA is also the planning regulator in all these
areas. This means we actually regulate and provide
all the approvals the developers need. So we can
say, no, we won’t approve it as it is – there’s
got to be more social housing, there’s got to be
more street activation, there’s got to be a better
canopy to shield from the weather and so on. The
developers work to a scheme and also work to
design guidelines and it’s a process of negotiation.
We’re planning a city for 2050. It’s
going to be a truly global city. Our job is
to make sure there are no supply issues
in the city centre. Currently we’ve
got very low commercial vacancies
and we’ve got a lack of hotels and a
lack of residential accommodation.
Collectively, the major projects of
Perth City Link, Perth Waterfront
and Riverside will create 6750
new dwellings, 1290 hotel rooms,
471,000sqm of commercial space and
more than 70,000sqm of retail space.
This is Perth’s time in the sun – Sydney’s had it.
Melbourne’s had it. Brisbane’s had it – and I don’t
think we can get it wrong. But we really have to
work hard to make sure we do some great things
and that’s where we’ve got to have a lateral mind.
We need to look at ideas and build them into a form
that suits Perth. Perth is Perth. We must ensure that
in any new development, the uniqueness of our
landscape and its history is retained.
In 2050, Perth will be a success if it is truly the
headquarters of Western Australia. It will be a
resource-rich state, with international trading
partners to our north. People will be enjoying the
streets, the piazzas, the bars, the cultural events.
Perth will be a great location to live. It will be a great
place to grow a family, a great place to live as a single
and meet partners, and it will be very easy to travel
to other parts of the world. It will be a connected
city. Tourists will come because the locals enjoy it
and tourists hunt down territory where the locals
are activated and enjoying their environment.
Areas like Perth Cultural Centre
are already revitalising the city.
“Collectively, the major projects of Perth City Link, Perth Waterfront and
Riverside will create 6750 new dwellings, 1290 hotel rooms, 471,000
sqm of commercial space and more than 70,000 sqm of retail space”
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