Ferries, bike share scheme floated for future of Perth

City of Perth Deputy Chair Commissioner Gaye McMath. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d493959
City of Perth Deputy Chair Commissioner Gaye McMath. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493959

FERRIES to East Perth and Crawley, a Noongar Cultural Centre and a bike share scheme are just some of the ideas being floated for the city’s future.

Public consultation is now open on the City of Perth’s draft City Planning Strategy, which will serve to guide decision-making and land planning for the next 10 to 15 years.

Deputy chair commissioner Gaye McMath said while the City had not committed to any particular new modes of mass transit in Perth, they were investigating possibilities.

“We know there is limited space on city roads to accommodate a new transport option,” she said.

“The City of Perth is supportive of alternative transport modes and would like to make the best use of limited space and infrastructure.”

The City is encouraging residents, business owners, workers and visitors to have their say on the draft plan.

“These unique perspectives provide opportunities for the City to build upon local knowledge, ensuring the future planning of the city considers the community’s needs and expectations,” Ms McMath said.

Around 70 people attended the City’s first community information session at Broadway Fair in Crawley, with workshops across town and a feedback option on the council website at engageperth.wa.gov.au.

Perth MLA John Carey said he hoped to see the City attract more residents and provide more amenity for locals.

“One of the key failures of the City of Perth over the last decade has been not delivering capital works programs,” he said.

“I hope this strategy will give new focus and energy.

“Get stuff done – that’s what residents tell me.

“Wellington Square is a classic, it’s gone on longer than the Star Wars film series.”

Public consultation on the draft City Planning Strategy closes on July 19.