Scientist of the Year comes to Piara Waters
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@armadale.wa.gov.au or call 9394 5638 to RSVP.