Sci­en­tist of the Year comes to Piara Wa­ters

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Ben Smith

NEW WA Sci­en­tist of the Year Peter New­man be­lieves Perth’s ur­ban sprawl will do more harm than good to the city.

The Curtin Univer­sity pro­fes­sor was recog­nised for his con­tri­bu­tions to ur­ban de­sign and sus­tain­abil­ity at the Premier’s Sci­ence Awards on Thurs­day, Au­gust 16.

Prof New­man said Perth could not have both ur­ban sprawl and sus­tain­abil­ity and needed to in­stead fo­cus on build­ing dense cen­tral hubs closer to the city.

“It’s go­ing to cre­ate wide­spread poverty in those ar­eas and wide­spread use of cars, which in­creases traf­fic prob­lems but also cre­ates is­sues with oil and makes it harder to tran­si­tion away from oil,” he said.

“It is bowl­ing over the most im­por­tant bio­di­ver­sity in the re­gion; the ar­eas of bush­land to the north and the south are very im­por­tant and we have to trea­sure it, not bowl it over for sub­urbs.

“Build­ing the city back in to­wards dense cen­tres, not fill­ing in our back­yards, is the agenda and it is crit­i­cal we come to terms with that and we un­lock those dense cen­tres by pro­vid­ing track­less trams to pro­vide us with a much bet­ter op­tions than cars.”

For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull once said Prof New­man was the man who taught him ev­ery­thing he knew about trains and cities, so the State Govern­ment should be happy to hear he ap­proves of their Metronet project.

“I’m ex­tremely pleased to see Metronet hap­pen, es­sen­tially fix­ing the fast train down each of the main cor­ri­dors,” he said.

“There’s plenty more to do; the cir­cle line go­ing from Ken­wick around to Cock­burn needs to go all the way around to Fre­man­tle, but things like that are fairly ob­vi­ous, they’ve been touted and they will even­tu­ally get done.”

Prof New­man will hold a pre­sen­ta­tion in Piara Wa­ters next month as part of the En­vi­sion Ar­madale speaker series.

The pre­sen­ta­tion will ex­plore tech­nol­ogy, trans­port and sus­tain­able prac­tices and will be held at the Piara Wa­ters Pav­il­ion from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Septem­ber 25.

Email CSAd­min­is­tra­tion@ar­ or call 9394 5638 to RSVP.

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