Property Council WA backs Perth City Deal for future prosperity

Perth could secure its status as Australia's best-designed city with a properly planned Perth City Deal allowing it to fulfil its potential, Property Council WA Executive Director Sandra Brewer said.

The Property Council has welcomed the Federal Government's pledge to reinvigorate discussion about a Perth City Deal.

“Perth is on the cusp of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Property Council WA wants all three levels of government to work together with Infrastructure WA to ensure the Perth City Deal maximises economic growth, prosperity and liveability.

“It is up to business, government and the community to take up the opportunity presented by a reimagined Perth City Deal, as set out by Minister Tudge today (Friday August 9).

“We agree with the Minister about building on Perth’s great potential, and that how we manage its growth will determine its future economic success and liveability,” Ms Brewer said.

As the Minister noted, Perth is already well-placed to capitalise on the huge investment being made in METRONET which will provide the rail backbone for the whole city for decades.

Ms Brewer said it was common-sense to build on METRONET housing a growing population around transport nodes and exploring how Perth's bus, train and ferry options could underpin a city deal.

Premier Mark McGowan, Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and Housing Minister Peter Tinley were already committed to creating greater housing choice, more affordable housing and better-connected communities, she said. This was evident in the State Government’s strategy of achieving 45 per cent of new dwellings in areas close to transport, shops, parks and services.

"Planning for future growth may not feel like a pressing need now with slower immigration growth but city problems, such as congestion, long commutes and excessive property prices, can be avoided with good planning," Ms Brewer said.

"In Perth, we have had fragmented planning with the State Government forced to set dwelling targets for intransigent local governments. Now is the time to plan for Perth to become Australia’s most liveable city.”

For further comment:
Property Council WA Executive Director Sandra Brewer | M 0418 501 030
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