Hub­bub about plan­ning

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion -

CITY of Su­bi­aco has been recog­nised among some of WA’s lead­ing plan­ners at the 2016 Plan­ning In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia (PIA) WA Awards for Plan­ning Ex­cel­lence.

The City was awarded a com­men­da­tion for its Ac­tiv­ity Plan­ning Cen­tre Strat­egy, cre­ated to help Su­bi­aco re­gain its ur­ban hub sta­tus and ac­ti­vate the town cen­tre.

The strat­egy in­cluded the re­lo­ca­tion of ma­jor draw­cards of the area: Do­main Sta­dium, Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal and King Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

The City of Su­bi­aco, Has­sell, Con­sult WG, Arup and Pra­cys were all com­mended for their work on the project. Has­sell se­nior as­so­ciate Scott Davies said it was im­por­tant to main­tain Su­bi­aco’s val­ues, while em­brac­ing and bal­anc­ing change.

“The project is about recog­nis­ing Su­bi­aco’s po­ten­tial and cap­tur­ing op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide in­ten­sity whilst re­tain­ing lo­cal char­ac­ter,” he said.

PIA WA ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Emma De Jager said the project was in­no­va­tive.

“The project dis­played for­ward think­ing and in­no­va­tion across its process, ap­proach and out­comes. It rep­re­sents a clear guide to rein­vig­o­rat­ing the town cen­tre and is head­ing down the path to achiev­ing a sense of place for Su­bi­aco,” she said.

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