Less than half of the respondents to a new survey support the state government's plans for Elizabeth Quay.

Community split over Elizabeth Quay

Western Australia is divided over the state government’s $560 million Elizabeth Quay foreshore plan, with less than half of respondents to a new opinion poll saying they support the development.


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I've just returned from visiting Cairns for the first time and have visited Brisbane several times and what the foreshore redevelopment needs is to be like both the Esplanade in Cairns and South Bank in Brisbane. As for loss of open space, how many of the negative minded actually use these spaces and how many more avoid walking across an expanse of emptiness to avoid becoming a target? Last point is regarding the name, surely we should be recognising a great Australian rather than hanging on to the Monarchy?

I agree, Glen. The people of Perth need to move forward or get left behind. But your also right about how the design could be a lot more people-friendly - South Bank on Melbourne is also another great example, as is Darling Harbour! And the name, Mr Barnett should be embarrassed. This was a perfect opportunity to rally the people to approve what seems to be a contentious issue. Seriously, what has the monarch done for Perth in the last 200 years?!

Talking about an opinion poll, what is the way we can participate and have our voices on the subject heard and counted? Is there any Internet-based facility or telephone number? Anything?

While the idea is great, the form of the built environment is a tradgedy which will dog Perth until the buildings are demolished. The area will be in shadow for most of the autumn, winter and spring, a cold, windswept hole, shunned by all. There are better solutions if anyone cares.

Sadly the world is passing us by, we need the developement to create employment opportunities and attract tourism etc. The danger of a city being the most isolated in the world is that they just want to stay that way. Colin you are a shining star to this state, do not weaken, keep the chnages and developemnt happening because not everyone is working in the mines and yes they will eventually be non competitive with the high costs associated with running them.

East Perth
I am astounded that the new plans do not allow for traffic to continue down riverside drive to the freeway entrances and mounts bay road! This will create massive traffic congestion through East Perth and the city as people will be taking either the Graham Farmer Freeway or having to go around. It is a stunning drive and I am absolutely gobsmacked that this iconic drive will be no more!

As a commuter using The Esplanade and Riverside Drive - I KNOW closure of Riverside Drive will cause massive congestion –WHY? - Because when recent works on the Brookfield Tower closed one lane of the Esplanade - it caused 15 minute delays. So, when they close 4 lanes, with all traffic funneled into The Esplanade between William and Barrack, expect 20-30 MINUTE DELAYS TWICE A DAY! This is THEFT - theft of personal time and theft from business due to delivery delays and people forced to cut back on work hours. Colin, this makes you a thief and the electorate will punish you - but wait, this happens AFTER the next election – AMAZING THAT!

West Perth
I am all for making the most of Perths riverside location.The problem is not development but the proposed plan .This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, far too important to get wrong and sadly the major flaws with the proposal will be a cause for regret for years. This is far too important to rush-lets put ego aside,come up with an intelligent plan and then get on with it.

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