Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents just the same as everywhere else with apartment blocks and high-rise develop-
ments; it had its old houses and pine trees. "That's a reflection of its unique
character," he says, citing places such as Paris and Santorini which have also
refused high-rise and kept their own style.
While Keep Cott Low is in the winner's corner for now, it is hard to see
how it, and the kilometres of undeveloped metropolitan beachfront in areas like
City Beach will resist the pressures of population demand in the longer term.
State Planning Minister John Day this year released a blueprint for planning re-
form across the state including "Directions 2031", a plan for Perth and Peel. It aims
to ensure good public transport options, greater housing diversity and residential
development near where people work. Under this plan, 47 percent of urban growth
(121,000 new houses) will be created from urban infill. It also aims to develop tradi-
tional town centres, with a variety of services, rather than massive shopping centres
at the heart of suburbs. The documents should be finalised by April next year.
Lisa Scaffidi believes that progress in Perth will be achieved when different
tiers of government start to work together. "I would like to see a charter be-
tween the State Government and the City Council to ensure agreed priorities
are charted, strategised and implemented over an agreed time frame," she says.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants us to get behind our
leaders to bring on the changes necessary. "We need the leader of the State,
the premier, who articulates a vision for change and is prepared to lead. But
the momentum for change has to come from the community," says James
Pearson. It is up to businesses, individuals and progressive councils to support
their political leaders.
"Modern WA was built on a pioneering spirit and we are failing our inher-
itance if we don't continue with that pioneering spirit," he says. sm
Lynda Dorrington, Executive Director
What are you most proud of in WA? I am glad
that we have an environment that encourages our
children to grow up with enquiring minds. I think we
raise a particular type of intelligence in WA, which
we do not really value as it matures; hence a great
deal of it takes flight as soon as it graduates. I do
feel a sense of pride when I'm in the regions... such a
magnificent landscape, from the globally significant biodiversity hotspot in
the South West to the achingly beautiful north west. The down side is that
all those natural assets can be a distraction when we need to pull focus and
imagine our future beyond the landscape and its natural bounty.
What don't you like about Perth? I don't like the conservatism and the
obsession with "celebrity" and wealth... and we are becoming increasingly
intolerant which is not a characteristic we would want to become ingrained.
Do you have a vision of how Perth might be in, say, 20 years? Through a se-
rious of progressive small steps I think we might achieve a degree of sophistica-
tion that is currently missing from Perth as a city. I'd hope we might see the local
government authorities surrounding Perth combine into one super authority,
greater densification along the east west rail line, a greater engagement with
the river at strategic intervals between the city and Fremantle. Greater invest-
ment in Perth's human capital, with the dissemination of research doctorates --
particularly in the area of medicine, green technologies and innovation.
Do you have any fears for WA's future? The intolerance I spoke of may
become racism on a serious scale if we don't actively work towards building
a more inclusive community, so I'd like to see a little creativity applied to
this issue to ensure our future is not marred by such ugliness.
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