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Renewed focus on urban planning will ensure a resilient and liveable city

Some have referred to COVID-19 as ‘The Great Pause’. An unrivalled opportunity to deeply consider our future and ensure we are on a trajectory which improves quality of life for all Western Australians.

The way our cities and transport systems are planned greatly influences where we live, work and socialise, and how we move around. We have never had a better opportunity to reflect on these types of issues, and to correct course where necessary.

By 2050, an estimated 3.5 million people will be living in the Perth and Peel regions. Keeping our city liveable into the future will require working closely with local communities to build a more resilient, connected city that everyone benefits from. 

To manage growing issues such as over-reliance on personal vehicles and the resulting congestion it causes, we need to look to high-impact strategies, including better urban planning around strategically important activity centres.

Communities are stronger when residents feel physically and socially connected with each other and their environment. Now more than ever we must explore ways to provide enhanced housing diversity and reimagine the design of streets, public spaces and local centres.  While supporting increasing densities, we must also seek to preserve the things Western Australians love about where they live.

 

WA Revenue

2nd↑St John of God Health Care$1.80bn
3rd↓HBF$1.71bn
4th-RAC$819.1m
5th↑WAMMCO$380.0m
6th↓Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative$350.7m
76 not for profit businesses ranked by WA revenue most recent financial year

Number of Employees

Not For Profit Businesses

6thJuniper1,761
7thAmana Living1,575
8thRAC1,458
9thMercyCare1,203
10thBaptistcare1,200

Special Report

Great for the State 2020: City of the Future

Great for the State 2020: City of the Future

19 May 2020

Business News analyses the changes Perth will need to make if it is to maintain the lifestyle that is the envy of many. We canvass the debate over urban infill, and look at options to achieve greater density, amenity and liveability.

Urban infill key for 2050 vision of Perth

Urban infill key for 2050 vision of Perth 

Perth is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, but what will happen as the population approaches 3.5 million?

Perth’s housing choices

Perth’s housing choices 

What will new housing developments look like in the future.

New look for urban density, design

New look for urban density, design 

New design guidelines and refined zoning could improve the rollout of medium density housing in established urban areas.

Renewed focus on urban planning will ensure a resilient and liveable city

Renewed focus on urban planning will ensure a resilient and liveable city 

Some have referred to COVID-19 as ‘The Great Pause’. An unrivalled opportunity to deeply consider our future and ensure we are on a trajectory which improves quality of life for all Western Australians.

How do we go about designing pandemic-resilient cities?

How do we go about designing pandemic-resilient cities? 

Since the mid-20th century, a favourite pastime of some planning critics has been vilifying suburban sprawl for its links – rightly or wrongly – to obesity, environmentally negligent living and social decline.

Restarting WA’s economy in a COVID safe way

Restarting WA’s economy in a COVID safe way 

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Western Australia’s economy, and the State is now ready to get back to work.

From 18 May, the State will enter Phase 2 of the WA government’s road map.