Protecting design is starting point for discussion
I BELIVE there is something missing from the debate about changing the density of City Beach and Floreat and add my thoughts.
I have heard many people say there is “something special” about the local community, a point I agree with in many ways. The national and international importance of the history of the planning of these two suburbs has been lost to an extent in the debate.
The planning with the Land Endowment Act of 1925 has resulted in two of the best examples of garden suburbs still to be seen in Australia. The garden suburbs design was popular in international circles in the UK, Canada, America and Australia. Many other garden suburbs designed in the 1920s have been altered permanently, some through changes from council, some from infill and some from allowing the internal green spaces to be altered.
My great-grandfather, Carl Klem, was a town planner who designed City Beach and Floreat Park, as well as other Perth suburbs such as Dalkeith, Coolbinia, Menora and Lathlain.