Planners, residents discuss South Perth Station precinct

South Perth resident Gary Inions, RobertsDay student Emma Thomas, R Point Properties managing director Kelly Chapman and RobertsDay director Duane Cole discuss planning issues.
South Perth resident Gary Inions, RobertsDay student Emma Thomas, R Point Properties managing director Kelly Chapman and RobertsDay director Duane Cole discuss planning issues.

RESIDENTS, developers and City of South Perth staff met recently at the South Perth Station Precinct Planning Design Forum to discuss plans and proposals for the peninsula.

The five-day forum took place largely at the South Perth Community Hall from March 13, with stakeholders able to present and discuss issues relating to planning in the peninsula.

City of South Perth deputy mayor Glenn Cridland said a wide range of interests and points of view were represented by the participants and were discussed openly and respectfully.

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“The Forum provided the City, and participants, with a huge amount of material to consider, with topics ranging from the big-picture vision of what the area might be in the future through to consideration of built form, public spaces, transport and governance,” he said.

The first day of the forum took place at the South Perth Community Hall with about 70 people attending. RobertsDay co-founder Mike Day made an introductory presentation.

After the introductory presentations, the group boarded two buses for a tour of the precinct, including walking and stopping to discuss issues at a number of key sites such as already-completed development.

The group discussed potential improvements and aspirations for the future of the area and was provided with an opportunity to discuss and highlight a wide range of ideas that will be further explored through the week.

About 60 people were present at the hall on the second day of the forum, when Colliers International property expert John Del Dosso spoke about the commercial context of development in the precinct.

Also speaking on the day was GTA Consultants traffic and transport expert Tim Judd, Geoff Warn of Donaldson and Warn architects, Peter Ciemitis of RobertsDay, Howard Mitchell of EPCAD landscape architects and Ross Duckham of RobertsDay.

Issues spoken about on the day included managing public space and traffic around the intersections of Mends Street and Mill Point Road and the importance of orderly and proper planning processes.

On the third day of the forum, the City’s design team began sketching plans around options for reconfiguring of and traffic calming on Mill Point Road and Labouchere Road near the intersection of Mends Street, as well as ideas for a town square between Mends Street and the Zoo.

The last day of the forum on March 17, final meetings with key stakeholders were held and the remainder of the day was dedicated to producing designs, plans and draft recommendations for presentation to the community in the evening. The design team worked hard to produce illustrations and 3D models based on the input from the first four days of the forum.

The report and recommendations from the forum will be finalised over the coming weeks.