By Ray Haeren | 16 Jun 2017

The Property Council WA today released ‘Big (and Small) Ideas for Perth’. The report, prepared by Urbis in collaboration with TPG + Place Match, sets out a series of ideas to revitalise Perth’s CBD and inner city.

It is a call to action for the State government, local governments, agencies, businesses, and the community. The ideas put forward aim to help overcome the economic challenges facing Perth and trigger renewed focus on the inner city as an engine for economic growth.

The five key ideas to create a world class capital city are:

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Make the residential densification of the inner city a key government priority – densities need to be uplifted and new neighbourhoods created and managed.  

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Implement policy measures to enable the development of a flagship CBD centre and call for landlords to work together to drive joint marketing and management.

Brand Perth

Create a unique city brand to attract residents and economic development.

A Shared City Agenda

Create a new forum to facilitate dialogue between inner city local governments and agencies, and integrate and streamline policies, standards and systems across the inner city.

Plan Perth

Undertake new initiatives to plan ahead, including securing inner city transit corridors and projects to create a more walkable city.

We want this report to stimulate the debate and momentum to bring about change.

Ray Haeren, Urbis Regional Director, said: “We need a unified vision and approach to truly position Perth as a world-class, global city.

“We need the State Government and Local Government working with industry to set the vision and introduce the changes needed to make it happen. We want this report to stimulate the debate and momentum to bring about change.”

Associate Director Sean Morrison, who played a key role in the development of the report, added: “Perth is a fantastic city, but it needs to work harder and smarter to secure its spot on the global stage.

“We hope the ideas set out in this report will accelerate our progress on important issues like walkability, restoring CBD retail to the top of hierarchy, and delivering great streets, parks and public spaces that are essential to achieve our infill goals.”

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Urbis tackled some of these themes at its Capital City CBD event “Shaping Perth’s Future: lessons from around the country” hosted with Norton Rose Fulbright on Thursday 15 June.

Urbis and Norton Rose Fulbright brought together some of Australia’s brightest minds in planning to discuss and debate the outcomes of recent capital city planning strategies around Australia – the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Capital City CBD series will continue around the East Coast. Register your interest in attending here.

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