Perhaps one of the most significant questions we grapple with as a Local Government is, what makes a place more liveable?
My take on liveability is one of connectedness. I think the latter part of the 20th century and the early part of this one, have robbed communities of a place to come together, to meet, to collaborate and to simply talk.
In a race to make sure everyone had access to big box stores, we lost the concept of neighbourhoods. Now that technology has gone a long way to replacing the need for large shopping centres and has begun to reconnect us with lost friends and communities of interest, we need to find ways to once again connect with those who live around us.
I’m hoping the new suburb that will spring up around the Forrestfield train station, will be one with plenty of open space and places where we gather for no particular purpose and simply catch up.
I had the privilege of attending a community workshop for Forrestfield North where many residents had the opportunity to throw up some of their ideas as to what a new suburb should look like. It was quite exciting to hear the community embrace the concept of a sustainable ecological and family friendly place to live. A consultation report due to be released in the coming weeks, will show us some of the things our community said they wanted.
Opportunities for further involvement in the development process will be ongoing for a while on this project, and I invite each and every one of you to take part in contributing your ideas toward what will make our new suburb one of Perth’s most liveable.
Soon, Activity Centre planning will also begin for the Kalamunda Town Centre, following the completion of drainage works now underway – where again we aim to involve as many people as possible in defining the future vision, design guidelines, economic, retail and transport strategies for this area.
Unpinning all this planning are two key draft strategies now out for public comment, in the Economic Development Strategy and the Customer Service Strategy.
* Links to public comments were available until both strategies closed 5pm on 8 September 2017.