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Villages and niche markets key to boutique Perth city

THE emerging trend with globalisation is for population and business growth to focus on the world’s larger cities, according to Planning Minister Graham Kierath.

“Rapid development in technology and communication along with changing international business priorities are exacerbating this drain to major cities,” Mr Kierath said at the Royal Australian Planning Institute State conference last week.

“Companies throughout the world are more and more moving production to where it is cheapest in the world and sales to where they can find the biggest market.”

He said while Perth does not have the low wage levels of many countries in Asia this need not be to Perth detriment.

“Instead of trying to compete with the big cities of the world, it was found by the (Future Perth) committee that Perth would be better served by finding a niche at which to compete and become a boutique city,” Mr Kierath said.

“Central to generating this boutique environment will be the creation of urban villages throughout the metropolitan area.

“Indeed shifting the focus of the metropolitan region to the urban village concept will be the greatest initiative in preserving our Perth lifestyle while adapting to the future.”

He said the focus of the villages would be to provide residents with their essentials of working and living and reduce the need to commute and cut reliance on the car.

“The urban villages would only work if they truly became centres that did not require residents to leave for their essential requirements,” he said.

“Already these villages are starting to develop in areas such as South Perth, Subiaco and Northbridge and this trend should be embraced and capitalised on.”

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