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JOHN DAY – WA MINISTER FOR PLANNING;
CULTURE AND THE ARTS
Perth will be an interesting, vibrant and exciting city that is a great place to
visit and live, with a whole range of different cultural and sporting options for
people to engage in while appreciating the natural environment. We will be well
established as a major centre for the region. As the Premier often says, WA looks
as much or more to Asia than to the eastern states. We are seeing that manifest
now. For example, the recent announcement of the new hotel for Elizabeth
Quay has the Far East Consortium as the property developer and Ritz-Carlton
as the hotel operator, both based in Hong Kong, and that is a demonstration of
the interest from that part of the world. In relation to being a destination to visit
from overseas, and the Asian region in particular, Perth will be established as
a destination of choice.
The projects are for the people of the state. Not
only to provide opportunities from recreational
and cultural perspectives, but also to stimulate
economic activity, not only through construction,
but in the longer term in having a destination
that people from outside the state want to visit.
We need to continue to diversify more outside of
resources, including tourism and construction
activity in the residential sector.
The increase in population obviously means
a challenge in meeting housing needs but it is
also a substantial opportunity for our state.
It provides for a lot of economic activity and
construction of infrastructure and residential,
industrial and commercial developments.
Having a larger number of people creates greater
opportunities for activation and improved amenity
in appropriate locations, and a prime example of
that is Elizabeth Quay, where a space that was
previously largely grass is being much better
utilised for a very active precinct. Elizabeth Quay
and Perth City Link will change the face of the city
and the interaction with the river and Northbridge.
In suburban areas, we are seeing a greater
focus on urban infill projects to make better
use of infrastructure that is already there,
particularly within about a 10 to 15km radius of
the Perth CBD. That does not mean wall-to-wall
increases in density, but increases in density in
appropriate locations. We’re already seeing it in
East Perth, North Perth, Highgate, Claremont
and Joondalup, and over the next 25 years we
will see more of it, potentially in Midland,
Stirling, Fremantle, Cockburn, Coogee, Gosnells,
Maddington and Murdoch.
In Cottesloe, after much debate about what
should be permitted along Marine Parade in
relation to height and density, the planning
scheme amendment process is almost complete.
This will facilitate responsible, but substantial
development and I hope the landowners take
the opportunity and get on with substantial
redevelopment to improve the amenity.
Down the track, three hospital sites will be
vacated – Royal Perth Hospital’s rehabilitation
site in Shenton Park, Princess Margaret
Hospital site, Swan District Hospital site –
and will become important locations of new
development, largely residential.
The government has committed to the
Forrestfield-Airport Link, to be completed
by 2020. There will be a big opportunity for
a transit-oriented development to the west of
the airport. The MAX Light Rail project has been
deferred by three years and the revised timeframe
will see construction start in 2019, with first
services running by late 2022. The light rail
network will run from Mirrabooka in the north
to the CBD, before splitting into two branches to
Victoria Park Transfer Station in the east (via the
Causeway) and to QEII Medical Centre in the west
(via West Perth).
We have to ensure high-quality design outcomes,
particularly in medium- and high-density
residential developments, otherwise the public
is not supportive. Some of the major commercial
buildings and government buildings, with the
oversight of people like Geoff as Government
Architect and the design review panels through
the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, have
a very important role to play in that respect. We
are also looking at making changes in the planning
system in a range of ways. One way specifically
is putting in place a requirement that any multi-
unit development must have architectural input as
opposed to lower-standard design input.
Our political system means we have a government
and opposition and both present alternative
plans in a range of areas of government. There is
bipartisan acceptance of some things, such as the
need for public transport expansion. However,
there will always be debate on the specifics so
I think it is unrealistic to think we could have
bipartisan agreement on how projects like this will
be delivered over the next 20 or 30 years or so.
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