Independent idea for quay

An artist’s impression of Max Hipkins’ alternative proposal for Elizabeth Quay.
An artist’s impression of Max Hipkins’ alternative proposal for Elizabeth Quay.

Mr Hipkins put forward the design at last week’s Western Suburbs Alliance meeting, which outlined moving the development to the western side of the foreshore.

The design enforces a height limit on buildings to decrease overshadowing, keeps Riverside Drive and uses the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre for parking, instead of park space.

Mr Hipkins created the proposal when he was the planning director for the City of Perth.

‘The design was actually adapted by the City of Perth in 2005, but it didn’t progress because the land was state-owned land,’ he said.

‘It ticks all the boxes and there are a lot of advantages. It just doesn’t have the same problems the current proposal does.’ Mr Hipkins said it would also save taxpayers money, including $200 million not needed to dig an inlet because the proposal suggests building on to the current one.

Nedlands Greens candidate George Crisp supports Mr Hipkins’ proposal. ‘I would like to see a range of proposals submitted for public and expert comment, so that the community can make an informed choice as to how they would like their foreshore development to be,’ Mr Crisp said.

‘I am generally in favour of Max Hipkins’ plan, which does not pose the same problems of overshadowing, maintains the amenity of the foreshore green space, allows for better traffic flow and will likely avoid the predicted problems of silting that would accompany an inlet.’

Liberal Nedlands candidate Bill Marmion said the current proposal suited the area because it focussed on people, not cars.

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