C2030 Perth – Big Opportunities

John Day MLA, Minister for Planning, Arts & Culture made the following points -

  • The summit will have a focus on Perth
  • Western Australia is 2,500,000 square kilometres or an area the size of Europe
  • There will be big opportunities and good prospects for West Australian’s
  • Western Australia is a boom bust state, 1890’s the goldrush and the goldfields, 1960’s Iron ore and more recently gas
  • We need to consider how to diversify the spread of our population into the regions
  • We need to consider climate change & energy use
  • There is a need for a higher degree of urban density
  • Protection & conservation of the environment is important
  • There are a number of long term development projects on the Government radar including, Northbridge/city link project, Land use Planning Framework – Directions 2031 Open for Comments, Perth & Peel regions, extra 330,000 homes & 550,000 people, 47% via urban infill, opportunities around major transport lines, 10 homes per hectare will push up to 15 per hectare, more choice & diversity in types of home, time to grow ‘upwards’, Perth Waterfront Project (Riverside, WACA Ground, Causeway), will be precinct for residential living, commerce & tourism, Belmont Race Course into high density housing, Scarborough beach area, Victoria Park area, precinct around state library & museum, industrial land around Perth Region, Hope Valley, Wattleup, Airports expanded
  • Reduction in red tape
  • Need to be proactive
  • Urban form & design
  • Retail trading hours
  • Change in the way planning transpires

New life for Perth's heart

Perth's stalled Northbridge project has a new lease of life after tonight's federal budget invested $236 million to kickstart the long-stalled city heart project.

Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, who visited the site two weeks ago, said the project would "end the divide" in Perth's heart.

Western Australia also received a second vote of confidence from the Rudd Government when it also decided to invest $339 million in the new deepwater port and rail project at Oakajee, 20 kilometres north of Geraldton.

Infrastructure projects totalling $22 billion in 2009-10 are the Federal Government's direct response to job losses, which Treasurer Wayne Swan predicted would rise to 8.5 per cent by June 2011.

Mr Albanese said the Northbridge rail link would revitalise Perth's central city.

"The project will lower the rail line and will mean that the city of Perth can end the divide that is there because of the current rail line," Mr Albanese said.

"You have the two sides of the rail line not being linked. This will lead to a massive improvement in Perth as a city."

The Northbridge project will mean the lower the central city reach of the Perth to Fremantle rail line and build a new rail platform, freeing 50,000 square metres of land for urban development.

The West Australian Government has already committed matching funds to the project, Mr Albanese said.

"I visited the site with the Prime Minister just two weeks ago and this is a great project for Perth." Read on about the new Perth Northbridge redevelopment

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