DesignInc Perth Boardroom Lunch - “Perth and Peel @3.5million – Realising the Plan.”

Jul 16 2015

DesignInc Perth Boardroom Lunch - “Perth and Peel @3.5million – Realising the Plan.”

Our Boardroom Lunch is an informal forum for us to invite clients and industry decision makers to discuss topical matters, such as affordable and/or social housing, modular building systems, and urban design concepts. 

On 3 July, we held a special Boardroom Lunch on the topic of “Perth and Peel @3.5million – Realising the Plan.” 
With the anticipated population growth of Perth and Peel to top 3.5 million over the next 35 to 40 years, land use planning and development is becoming increasingly complex. As part of our Boardroom Lunch Series, we’d like to initiate meaningful conversations amongst industry leaders to explore how we can contribute to the
future growth in the property and construction industry. 

Prof. Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, delivered a short keynote speech to kickstart the discussion.

Prof. Newman has written 17 books but is best known in Perth as a media commentator and the person who saved the Fremantle Railway. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport.

Joining Prof. Newman were: Paul Lakey (Regional General Manager (WA, NT, SA), Peet Limited), Greg Rowe (Principal and Managing Director, Rowe Group), Tania Loosley-Smith (General Manager, Strategy and Policy/Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Department of Housing), Kerry Fijac (Executive General Manager - Business Development & Marketing, Landcorp), Lou D’Alessandro (Founding Director, Dalcorp Advisory and D’Alessandro Building Co) and Gavin Hegney (Founding Director, LMW Hegney.)

The lunch members who were from a wide cross section of key industry stakeholder groups offered a considerable level of local and international experience around the table and generated a lively and informative discussion.  The discussion acknowledged the current government’s great vision for the growth of Perth and offered many concepts and ideas on how the Perth and Peel 3.5 million initiative and vision could and should be delivered. 

Key discussion included how urban infrastructure projects could be developed at low or no cost to government using “Value Capture” methods.  This can create new higher density urban infill hubs and corridors delivering greater density within 15km of the city.  In principal, this can be achieved through capturing a portion of the land value uplift created by new planning densities and private development around the infrastructure project which in turn funds the infrastructure works.  Key to the success of this type of project is an integrated authority approach to Land Use (Zoning and Planning), Transport Infrastructure, and project finance.  

It was hoped that an informal discussion such as this can generate the seed for great things and make a difference on the future of Perth.
We hope that in years to come, we can look back and feel satisfied that DesignInc has made a difference!!

Author: DesignInc Perth
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