Population growth figures point to need for concerted development around transit interchanges

Population growth figures point to need for concerted development around transit interchanges

PERTH’S population growth is increasing at such a rate that it will overtake Brisbane to become Australia’s third largest city by 2029, according to a City of Joondalup councillor.

At last month’s council meeting, Cr Liam Gobbert moved a notice of motion to request the City engage with the State Government to discuss “the development potential of easements at transit interchanges within the City’s boundary”.

In his motion, he stated one of the City’s strategies in its Local Planning Strategy was to promote bus and train station precincts as “land use and transport hubs”.

“The six heavy rail stations within the City’s boundary have significant potential to accommodate the future projected growth of Perth,” he said.

“The City ought to engage in a dialogue with the State Government to discuss their development potential with respect to the vision adopted by the council through the Local Planning Strategy.”

“What are we doing to get people out of their cars?” he asked at the meeting.

“I think we can show some leadership as a local government and say to the State Government that we’re open for business to develop our city as a prominent city of the future.”

He said the City’s Local Planning Strategy was adopted in July 2014 but it was still being assessed by the State Government.

He said this motion was his was of “getting on with it”.

City officers will prepare a report on the request.