The Way Forward For Perth

The Way Forward For Perth

Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day

State Government Releases 20-Year Vision For City Centre

Victor P Taffa

Plans to transform Perth into a more liveable and vibrant international city have been outlined in today’s release of the draft Capital City Planning Framework.

Planning Minister John Day said integration of Perth’s city centre and surrounding inner urban areas was important to enable the State capital to thrive and capitalise on its natural strengths.

“Central Perth is progressively developing as a truly international city, and the Capital City Framework allows for growth and development while at the same time maintaining and building upon Perth’s existing identity and sense of place.” Mr. Day said.

“In the past, the city has primarily been seen as a business-focused centre, but we need to move on from that way of thinking and embrace the idea that our city should be enjoyed for a wide range of purposes including various forms of living, working and recreation.”

The Minister said the framework highlighted three main capital city precincts:

  • Parliament and Kings Park
  • The Perth Cultural Centre and Forrest Place precinct
  • The Perth Waterfront and civic precinct.

“These key areas are the primary venues of State and culture, for use by both residents and visitors, and the careful design of these precincts and their integration with other elements of the city is critical to the design of Perth in the next two decades.” Mr. Day said.

“A vibrant capital city embraces growth and change, and this cohesive vision for Perth will amplify our sense of place and make our capital more internationally competitive and relevant.”

“Western Australia is already highly connected to the rest of the world, particularly through our resources industry, and we need to capitalise on the impending period of economic growth to establish Perth as a truly international city.”

The Capital City Planning Framework is consistent with State Government’s vision for the entire metropolitan area and Peel regions, as outlined in ‘Directions 2031 and Beyond’ and the associated draft Central Metropolitan Perth Sub-regional Strategies.

The public comment period will close on Monday, September 19.