Feet-first ap­proach to en­joy­ing sub­urb

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By DENISE S. CAHILL

TOWN plan­ner and ar­chi­tect Don New­man will lead this week­end’s free walk­ing tour through Daglish as part of the global Jane’s Walk move­ment.

Mr New­man said the aim of the ini­tia­tive was to get peo­ple walk­ing and en­joy­ing the sub­urbs.

The Mt Clare­mont res­i­dent was in­vited to lead the Daglish tour be­cause he is cur­rently com­plet­ing an as­sess­ment for Daglish to be­come the first gar­den sub­urb recog­nised by the Na­tional Trust.

Mr New­man said the Na­tional Trust recog­nised his­tor­i­cal towns like Guild­ford and Northamp­ton but not gar­den sub­urbs.

Daglish was built by the di­men­sions of a rail­way mar­shalling yard “and that’s why it’s so long”.

“In the early 1930s/late 1920s there was a hous­ing short­age and lack of af­ford­able hous­ing, so the La­bor govern­ment of the day un­der­took to use the land, on the per­sua­sion of (Perth coun­cil­lor) Harold Boas,” Mr New­man said.

Along with renowned plan­ners Wil­liam Bold and Carl Klem, Mr Boas was in­flu­enced by UK gar­den cities to cre­ate a space that kept peo­ple in touch with na­ture.

Mr New­man said the first houses in Daglish were built for the Work­ers’ Homes Board (now Homeswest) and many houses still had the orig­i­nal art deco or arts and craft style.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d453347

Don New­man has a pas­sion for gar­den sub­urbs.

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