INDUSTRY MUST BRANCH OUT
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).