Perth in Focus - Densifying the Suburbs

Event Date: 
01 September 2016
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ballroom 2, 21 Mounts Bay Road

The Perth and Peel region has amongst the lowest population densities in the world and is arguably poorly adapted to the emerging environmental and societal challenges of the twenty-first century.

In order to accommodate Perth’s future population growth, planning policy proposes that 53% of new housing will be in greenfields locations while 47% will be infill into existing urban suburbs. Yet the Perth community continues to resist attempts to increase suburban densities and the rate of infill development sits at around 30%.

This Perth in Focus luncheon will feature a keynote address from Associate Professor Julian Bolleter, of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC). Over lunch, Julian will provide his perspective on the research and findings from his book "Scavenging the Suburbs" in which he proposes that Perth could become simultaneously denser, more liveable and support greater biodiversity.

The luncheon will commence with an Opening Address by the Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, Minster for Planning and Disability Services.

A presentation will follow from North Sydney Council’s Emma Booth. Emma heads the Council’s strategic planning design team. She will discuss achieving urban renewal in built up areas through the recently completed planning strategy for St Leonards centre and her current work on the new metro station proposed for Crows Nest.

After the presentations, a panel session will follow to discuss potential strategies on how to find workable solutions.

Committee for Perth
08 9481 5699
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