Winds of change: Perth City Summit to address concerns

Perth MLA John Carey is heading the Perth City Summit.
Perth MLA John Carey is heading the Perth City Summit.

FEEDBACK collected from 1000 online surveys and three workshops attended by 250 people has revealed the five best and worst things about Perth.

CAT buses topped the list of the best things about Perth; green spaces, walkability, being close to everything and café culture/bars followed. The worst thing about Perth included safety concerns and anti-social behaviour.

The findings of the survey, initiated by Perth MLA John Carey, will be presented at the Perth City Summit on August 19, which he said could be the biggest event of its kind for Perth.

Mr Carey said about 330 people had already registered for the event.

“We will present the findings, look for trends and offer the top 40 ideas that have been suggested as solutions, which we will ask summit attendees to cut down to the top 10 actions,” he said.

“Then we will ask for people to vote on them on the night.”

Mr Carey said a panel of experts would provide input.

He said the summit was not about dwelling on doom and gloom.

“The perception of anti-social behaviour, with petty theft, break-ins and safety concerns was the number one issue of concern at the workshops, which also identified the lack of after-hours activity in the west and east ends of the city as part of the problem,” he said.

“What the community says on this issue is backed up by international urban design research – the city has to be safe, it has to be active, and people have to feel a sense of genuine ownership of their local street and local precinct.”

The Summit will be held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, on August 19 from 8.30am – 1pm. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/perth -city-summit-tickets-36019349845.