I WAS most interested in the article Confrontation stalling urban development (Business News, August 24-30), in which Delfin managing director Chris Banks called on governments to take a leadership role in planning.

He raised issues such as preventing loss of amenity and urban redevelopment failing to provide adequate parks and open spaces.

The redevelopment projects in Subiaco, East Perth and now Midland are providing just the sort of far-sighted, community-oriented development that Chris called for.

In fact, an article in Business News (January 27-February 9), WA threatens to teach the east, highlights how excellent our urban planning has become.

On the broader scale, the Vision for Perth initiative, which I launched on Foundation Day this year, is geared to improving the liveability of our city.

Therefore I agree with the message Chris is propagating and, in fact, we’re already putting the ideas he espouses into reality!

Graham Kierath MLA,

Minister for Planning

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