Forum on peninsula plans
RESIDENTS, developers and City of South Perth staff met recently at the South Perth Station Precinct Planning Design Forum to discuss plans and proposals for the peninsula.
The five-day forum took place largely at the South Perth Community Hall from March 13, with stakeholders able to present and discuss issues relating to planning in the peninsula.
City Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland said a wide range of interests and points of view were represented by the participants and were discussed openly and respectfully.
“The forum provided the City and participants with a huge amount of material to consider, with topics ranging from the big-picture vision of what the area might be in the future, through to consideration of built form, public spaces, transport and governance,” he said.
About 70 people attended the first day of the forum.
Urban design and town planning firm RobertsDay cofounder Mike Day gave an introductory presentation.
After that, the group boarded buses for a tour of the precinct, including walking and stopping to discuss issues at a number of key sites.
About 60 people were present at the hall on the second day of the forum when Colliers International property expert John Del Dosso spoke about the commercial context of development in the precinct.
Also speaking on the day was GTA Consultants traffic and transport expert Tim Judd, Geoff Warn of Donaldson and Warn architects, Peter Ciemitis of RobertsDay, Howard Mitchell of EPCAD landscape architects and Ross Duckham of RobertsDay.
Issues talked about on the day included managing public space and traffic around the intersections of Mends Street and Mill Point Road and the importance of orderly and proper planning processes.
On the third day of the forum, the City’s design team sketched plans around options for reconfiguring of and traffic calming on Mill Point Road and Labouchere Road near the intersection of Mends Street, as well as ideas for a town square between Mends Street and the zoo.
Final meetings with key stakeholders were held on the last day of the forum on March 17, which was also dedicated to producing designs, plans and draft recommendations for presentation to the community in the evening.
South Perth resident Gary Inions, RobertsDay student Emma Thomas, R Point Properties managing director Kelly Chapman and RobertsDay director Duane Cole discuss planning issues.