PerthALIVE is a not-for-profit organisation made up of Western Australian community members. We promote alternative urban design that accommodates people of all ages and specifically supports aging in place. We believe that people at different stages of life have a lot in common. We believe there is room for a different type of development that suits people of all ages and which is vibrant, concentrated and mixed-use. This calls for an inter-generational approach to housing supply.
Promoting development that builds vibrant and diverse communities of West Australians.
PerthALIVE is a not-for-profit organization of West Australians established to encourage alternative urban design. The principles it supports are based on sustainability and incorporates preferences for:
- Mixed use, mixed density, mixed age communities
- Flexible design that accommodates people in all stages of life
- Developments that encourage a strong sense of community – both within the resident community and between the residents and the broader community in which they are situated.
- Connectivity that offers access to most services within walking distance and other services via public transport
PerthALIVE seeks to support and work with governments (state and local) and developers in sympathy with this vision.
The purpose of PerthALIVE is to:-
- To contribute to the public debate on building vibrant, sustainable, environmentally friendly mixed use communities that promote healthy and active living.
- To broaden the public understanding about choice and diversity of accommodation for people across all stages of life.
- To demonstrate the benefits of well planned, high quality, well connected developments which address Perth’s future accommodation needs.
PerthALIVE – Where Did We Come From?
PerthALIVE started out as a small group of Perth ‘Baby Boomers’ wondering where and how we’d live as we age. We weren’t keen on the two main options on offer – to have services delivered to our homes or to move to retirement villages and nursing homes with people of similar ages. Rather, we wanted to live in regular, vibrant communities surrounded by people of all ages and within walking distance of the amenities we’d need such as public transport, shopping, and medical facilities. We also wanted easy access to a provider who could arrange, on a user pays basis, services that might be used by people at different stages of life such as assistance with home cleaning, respite care, fitness activities, meals, child care/babysitting, and nursing care.
For nearly two years we have been meeting with a wide range of people. These include developers, planners, architects, local government officials, state government officials including government planning and development agencies LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority urban planning academics, architecture students, aged care providers, peak professional bodies, and community groups with an interest in Perth’s development such as Future Perth and the Council on the Ageing (COTA). Wherever we went, we were enthusiastically received and our goals embraced and shared. As a result of what we have learned, our ideas have evolved; we have developed a clearer understanding of what we want and a more realistic idea of what is possible (see PerthALIVE background paper).
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