Boomers Lobby for a new way of Living
The West Australian, 22-23 August 2015 p 17
WA baby boomers who want to downsize but not move into a retirement home are lobbying for higher density housing to cater to the State’s ageing population. In the article, PerthALIVE chair Maxine Murray told the Weekend West “…it was about having more living options close to transport hubs and town centres that would house all ages but include special provision for older West Australians.”
Time to Integrate Society
The West Australian June 28 2015 Real Estate p 23
The days of far-flung single –story retirement villages may be over, with high-density living accommodating various ages the best way forward, according to one urban design group. PerthALIVE Chair, Maxine Murray, said, “proposed high-density precinct living would see retirees living alongside downsizers, first home buyers and young professional in tight knit communities. And they would ideally be close to established town centres, with existing amenities, including public transport. One of the strengths of the idea was that consideration would be given to the needs of each age group when plans were drawn up.”
New Apartment Guidelines Released
Back in 2016 PerthALIVE participated in a Practitioner Working Group convened by the then Department of Planning to look at Design Guidelines for Apartments in WA. So we were delighted to attend the launch on 18th February 2019 of new residential design codes for apartments.
Amongst other purposes the document “informs the community on the principles of good design and planning practice for the development of residential apartments.”
It is a comprehensive document outlining a range of elements of good design and listing acceptable outcomes and design guidance.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said, “In conjunction with METRONET, Design WA provides the platform to accommodate a growing population, close to new and existing public transport infrastructure and good design will be central to meeting community needs and expectations now and into the future.
“This addresses many of the issues that concern communities including walkable neighbourhoods, retaining street trees, providing green open spaces, ensuring new apartment blocks fit in with their surroundings, parking and privacy concerns.
“Importantly, Design WA provides reassurance that any future development has undergone rigorous scrutiny to ensure the best possible outcomes.”
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will build on this design work by developing guidelines for medium density and precinct developments. PerthALIVE looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to that work during the planned consultation phase.
The document can be viewed at
There is also a short video explaining the new regime at