The State Government’s plan for Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million was launched in March 2018.  Eric Lumsden, PSM, Chair of the Western Australian Planning Commission spoke about the State Government’s plan for Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million and released the results of the most recent Perth Perceptions Survey.

The key takeaways from the presentations were:

  • The WA Planning Commission has a plan around implementing Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million but it has to be an aligned, whole of government approach that has the goodwill and cooperation of a number of key stakeholders.
  • There are constraints and opportunities in Perth’s four corridors – the central area, including Perth and the CBD, the north-west corridor, north-east corridor and south-metropolitan corridor.
  • Future key planning issues for Perth and Peel include transport planning and implementation – this includes heavy and light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and freight, housing affordability, continued economic development, environmental sustainability.
  • Perth and Peel will need 800,000 new dwellings to accommodate our growing population and almost half of these – 380,000 – will be through strategic infill development.
  • There needs to be greater housing choice for an ageing population and increasingly diverse households.
  • Housing affordability doesn’t always equal living affordability – living on the fringes can lead to costly commutes in both time and money.
  • While substantial greenfield development will take place, we need to make greater use of existing activity centres, transport corridors and station precincts across Perth and Peel.
  • Compared to 2012, the 2015 Perth Perceptions Survey found that Perth residents are even more satisfied with living in Perth and are significantly more likely to recommend our city as a place to live. With 71% of people surveyed extremely satisfied with life in Perth whereas in 2012 it was only 60%.
  • Some of the reasons for the increased satisfaction included the Perth to Mandurah train line, the rise in the number of small bars and the deregulation of trading hours.
  • Survey results showed that Perth was beginning to transition from being seen as traditional and old fashioned in 2012, to a more modern and contemporary city particularly one that suited to young people in 2015.
  • 90% of the people surveyed in 2015 believed that an efficient public transport system was of future importance for Perth.
  • Survey respondents were asked, ‘if you were Premier for the day, what is the one thing that you would change or implement’ – by far the biggest response at almost 50% is make changes to transportation and that included everything – public transport, bike paths and light rail.