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Circumstances mean an end to pomp

THE Royal Planning Institute has opted to drop the royal connections and relaunch as the Planning Institute of Australia, or PIA.

Several new disciplines have emerged since the PIA was formed in 1951, including social planning, urban planning and environmental planning.

The new PIA constitution will include these new disciplines and recognise the valuable role they play in urban and regional planning.

PIA national president John McInerney said the challenge was to produce better cities and more livable communities in Australia.

“The new PIA will provide professional planners with a vehicle to make a contribution to that challenge above and beyond their workplace,” he said.

A view of Subi

THE recently completed Artesian Apartments in Subiaco showcase the benefits of leaving the suburban comforts behind for an urban existence, according to their developers. The apartments, priced from $645,000, don’t boast ocean views and joint agents Asset Special Projects and The Property Exchange said it proved you don’t need a breathtaking vista to attract premium prices.

Hillam Architects designer David Hillam said the apartments were unique within the Subi Centro development.

“It is inner city living in the western suburbs and the location makes it feel different from any other development in Perth,” he said.

The Property Exchange sales and marketing executive Jane Sinclair said the apartments represented an excellent investment and should enjoy strong capital growth.

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