Sub­ur­ban strat­egy

IN­DUS­TRY MUST BRANCH OUT

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

THE suc­cess of Perth has pre­vi­ously re­lied on its cen­tre, but plan­ning ex­perts say busi­ness dis­tricts like Joon­dalup must not be ne­glected.

Sub­ur­ban Al­liance ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ross El­liott says grow­ing sub­ur­ban busi­ness dis­tricts and pro­vid­ing al­ter­na­tives for busi­ness ac­tiv­ity across mul­ti­ple sub­ur­ban cen­tres pave the way for peo­ple to find more af­ford­able hous­ing closer to work.

“Putting all the high end jobs into one place (the city cen­tre), means real es­tate all around it be­comes pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive and we end up man­u­fac­tur­ing prob­lems of wors­en­ing hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, spec­u­la­tive and over heated hous­ing mar­kets, ex­ces­sive con­ges­tion and pro­hib­i­tively costly in­fras­truc­ture projects needed to cope with it,” he said.

Mr El­liott, who was a guest speaker at the re­cent Plan­ning In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia state con­fer­ence at Joon­dalup Re­sort, said the suc­cess of a sub­ur­ban busi­ness district came down to three key fac­tors: prox­im­ity of the univer­sity, pub­lic open space, the d474018 hos­pi­tal and the busi­ness district.

“Joon­dalup has all three,” he said.

“We are yet to see in Aus­tralia any cen­tres of ex­cel­lence in se­niors health, where uni­ver­si­ties com­bine with re­tire­ment liv­ing and aged care providers to train, re­search and teach new ad­vances in se­niors health by co-lo­cat­ing the res­i­dents and the univer­sity.

Left: Ray Haeren (Plan­ning In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia WA) and Ross El­liott (Sub­ur­ban Al­liance). Right: Re­becca Cum­mings (Rowe Group) and Giles Graham (Site Plan­ning and De­sign).

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