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taken to ensure that the city becomes all
things to all people, a true cultural mix.”
John Day and Tony Morgan look beyond
the CBD for inspiration, and cite Subiaco and
Fremantle city as examples.
“The second rou nd of the Subi Centro
development, with more amenities and
public spaces planned, is making the
precinct an attractive alternative for
families. The demographic is changing;
becoming noticeably broader,” Tony
The first stage of Subi Centro was heavy
on low-rise apartment and townhouse
developments, yet lacking in surrounding
retail outlets and public spaces. The
suburb’s proximity to the city is slowly
drawing retail and commercial interests
that will greatly benefit residents.
In Fremantle, with businesses closing
at an alarming rate, there is recognition
that sweeping changes are required.
Low-rise limits, designed to protect the
historic Freo heritage, have left the city
with one of the lowest population bases
in the state. John Day points out that an
increase in inner-city residents would do
much to reinvigorate the city’s commercial
prospects. This means building the
new amidst the old, and sweeping aside
protectionist policy for the sake of
survival and growth.
Richard Weller’s ‘city for all people’ is
a philosophy John Day and Tony Morgan
agree with. Development companies
will undertake city projects, at first with
commercial, corporate and residential
projects providing high-end luxury for
those with money to spare.
Some of the capital investment, private
and government driven, will then go
to the public realm in the form of open
spaces and recreational zones, says
Morgan. Day adds that there are plans for
an even representation, especially in the
residential sector. “A percentage of EPRA
developments will be allocated to affordable
housing, with income limits in place.”
Moving a little away from the city centre,
there are 60-plus proposed density hot spots
in the metropolitan area, with many sure
to attract opposition and fierce debate. In
a few years Perth will be a different place.
The success of the new projects will free our
imaginations – and free us of our shackles
to the ‘monoculture’ of suburban sprawl.
“A city is the greatest work of
art possible” Lloyd Rees, artist
FROMTOPAn artist’s impression of the public attractions
within the Riverside development, including an inner-city
swimming pool; the new water fountain at the Perth Cultural
Centre – a local favourite for young and old; the vegetable
gardens adjacent to the Art Gallery of WA.
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