- The role of planning and infrastructure to ensure the prosperity of Perth into the future   click here to open paper content48 kb
by    Prattley, Gary & Day, John | helen.coleman@planning.wa.gov.au   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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The Western Australian State Government has put in place initiatives to deal with future population growth, mainly due to the success of the State’s resources industry which is attracting major global investment. These strategies are set to shape Perth and its surrounding areas to become an internationally focussed, liveable place that will be able to capitalise on its natural assets.
Growth potential from an unprecedented minerals-based resources boom in Western Australia means that the State will feature prominently in Australia’s future. In fact, Western Australia is fast becoming a major global centre for resources development with an estimated $200 billion worth of mining and petroleum projects slated for development over the next decade or so.

Behind this progress, authorities such as the Western Australian Department of Planning play a significant role to ensure that development is undertaken in a sustainable manner. The department liaises closely with local government, community and the private sector interest groups to achieve the best overall outcomes for the State.

If the State’s capital city of Perth is to become a more attractive destination for international travellers, then it needs to become a more dynamic, and multi-layered place, not just a location for business and administration.

Located on the banks of the picturesque Swan River, Perth is itself a naturally attractive city in the same time-zone as much of South East Asia.

The city’s continuing transformation is being guided by a major strategic planning and infrastructure framework, known as Directions 2031 and Beyond for the Perth and Peel regions. Basically, it will guide Perth’s growth from present population of 1.6 million to 3.5 million by 2036. A number of significant planning challenges lay ahead.

State policies will see a shift to a more diverse, sustainable and liveable city, based around well managed and efficient transport systems.

Major new transforming initiatives by the Western Australian Government include the $270 million Perth Waterfront redevelopment, the City Link project and the Riverside Redevelopment Project.

Construction of the Perth Waterfront project will begin in the early next year and anticipated to finish by mid 2014. By then, Perth will become even more appealing to its own citizens and visitors.

Western Australia in strong position to take the State and nation to the next level
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