Greens Plan Answers Call for Help on Sprawl

Today the Greens supported CEO’s calls for State Government support to deliver services and infrastructure along Perth’s fringes and said that working smarter within our current urban footprint will relieve pressure in outer suburbs.

As chief executives of outer suburban councils call for action on urban sprawl, Greens WA Planning Spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC said Perth had all the land needed for today and future growth.

“The Greens have been working with the Property Council of Australia and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre on a joint study exploring the opportunity to transform our congested and car dominated roads into a vibrant series of High Streets and urban villages that are attractive places to live and work,” said Ms MacLaren.

“It’s an end to urban sprawl.

“We can preserve urban bushland and coastal habitats, improve access to public services, and accommodate a growing urban population in Perth. We can have our cake and eat it too.

“One of the major corridors identified with development potential in the “Transforming Perth” study runs from South Street in Fremantle all the way through to Armadale Road. This East West corridor alone offers 403 hectares of developable land. At just medium density, this opens up another 24,000 to 32,000 dwellings. And that’s just one of seven corridors in the Transforming Perth study.

“There is certainly a lack of community infrastructure in outer growth areas. We need to stop the sprawl. It’s spreading ourselves too thinly, and destroying bushland that everyone loves.

“Looking at Perth’s high capacity streets, it’s clear from our study that at a moderate density of 80 dwellings per hectare, just seven of Metropolitan Perth’s high streets could accommodate 126,000 new dwellings. This represents 82 per cent of Perth’s projected infill dwelling needs to 2031.

“This does not increase density in suburbs. By increasing density on transport corridors, the cost of living and transport drop dramatically. It makes these High Streets economical for small businesses, contributing a strong local identity to each area.

CEOs from the cities of Mandurah, Wanneroo, Rockingham, Armadale, Kwinana, Cockburn, Swan and Gosnells and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale have called for government commitments to important infrastructure to meet unprecedented demand.

“If the Armadale Council is concerned about lack of infrastructure and services, they only need to look at the benefits of urban regeneration. Such High Street regeneration protects existing suburbs and brings new services and amenities to existing residents, makes public transport more viable, reduces car dependency, and delivers jobs to local areas,” Ms MacLaren said.