Poor city planning

Article written for the POST Newspaper by Linley Lutton

Taking on the establishment in parochial Perth is never easy, however our city is deteriorating rapidly and something must be done.

High divorce rates; chronic drug and alcohol abuse; increasing levels of depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour; and, little permanent cultural expression, are just some of the social indicators pointing to a city on the edge of serious failure.

The future looks bleak as many young people abandon Perth for cities like Melbourne.

Market forces and planning policies are cited as the primary drivers behind city development and after many decades of poor planning policy and opportunistic market manipulation Perth has become the most unsustainable capital in Australia.

Governments endlessly build roads and developers subdivide land for low-density housing while avoiding the harder task of making our city workable and liveable. Continue reading

Western Suburbs Alliance – Dalkeith Forum – 20 February 2013

Wednesday 20 February, 2013, 7.30-9.30pm,

C3 Church Auditorium, 95A Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith

You don’t need to be a town planner to know that . . . 

  • Perth is a sprawling dysfunctional city with growing traffic problems and known as Australia’s least sustainable capital city
  • The new state planning laws and undemocratic, secretive DAPs cut councils and communities out of the planning process
  • The State Government’s high-density, high-rise infill ideology and unrelenting pressure from developers are destroying our suburbs and lifestyle. 

You don’t need to be an environmentalist to know that . . .

  • Our unique bushland and leafy suburbs are under threat from population growth, economic development and greed
  • The quality of our natural environment is directly related to our quality of life. It is central to our health, wealth and happiness
  • We need a fresh approach to managing, using and protecting what is WA’s greatest heritage – our natural environment.

You don’t need to be a financial wizard to know that . . . 

  • During the most profitable years in WA’s history, the State Debt has risen from $3.6billion to $17 billion or by 460 percent
  • The money has been spent on questionable projects, not improving public infrastructure that the City needs
  • The state’s AAA-credit rating is close to being sorely tested. It will be the taxpayers who have to pay for the Government’s profligacy.

But hear the experts and have your say. We all know there are better alternatives . . . 

Richard Diggins OAM  Chairperson      

Piers Verstegen  Conserving our diverse environments

Dr Linley Lutton  The critical issues in city planning   

Dr. Beth Schultz AO  Protecting our old-growth forests

Ken Adam  Where urban planning is going wrong    

Ken Eastwood AM  The WA state budget deficit 

Max Hipkins (Independent candidate for Nedlands) How we can still get a good outcome from Elizabeth Quay             

Dr George Crisp (Greens candidate for Nedlands)The links between planning, environment and health

 

The Robson Report and Council Amalgamations – WSA Public Forum 11 October 2012

Written and authorised by Kevin Morgan of 1 Pearse Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia

The Robson Report is part of Colin Barnett’s so called “reform” agenda to forcibly abolish metropolitan local councils. The report is as to what should replace them. Prior to the election, Mr Barnett may decide to downplay his promise to force these council changes, in which case he’ll delay the report’s release until after the election. Although the report has not yet been released, I can say that the report won’t be worth the wait. We know from the draft that it contains little scientific reasoning or empirical support. What it will do, is map our worst case scenario for the western suburbs, in which our civic centres may move to Stirling, Leederville or Fremantle. For Mr Barnett, most of Robson’s work was done when he agreed to report on how to change things, without first answering whether there’s a need for change, thereby ensuring that this threshold question is bypassed, no longer asked in public debate. Continue reading