METRONET precincts to help shape the future of Perth

  • Ministers address Committee for Economic Development of Australia conference
  • Progress on METRONET precincts to form foundation of a more connected city
  • More housing close to METRONET lines to facilitate appropriate infill levels
  • METRONET to enable more affordable housing choices in a variety of suburbs

The McGowan Government’s plan for more housing and jobs in well-connected METRONET precincts will shape the structural evolution of Perth in coming years, a CEDA audience has heard.

In addresses to the CEDA’s METRONET Precincts – the future of Perth event, two senior Ministers described the State Government’s vision and reasons for a more compact and connected city.

Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and Housing Minister Peter Tinley provided an update on the extensive groundwork already undertaken in the first 18 months of office, towards developing Perth’s first METRONET precincts.

The State Government’s relevant departments and agencies have been working with local governments, the private sector and not-for-profit industry in its development of precinct plans for areas such as Bayswater, Redcliffe, Alkimos, Forrestfield and Subi East.

METRONET precincts will address some of Perth’s urban growth challenges, such as limited public transport connectivity, employment concentration in the CBD, demand for coastal lifestyle and limited ability to expand the road network capacity in some locations.

The recently developed Social and Affordable Housing and Jobs Package will also feed into METRONET to deliver 1,390 new homes, including significant social and affordable housing.

The Package aligns with the State Government’s Affordable Housing Action Plan to boost housing options for people on low to moderate incomes to more than 35,000 by 2020, while generating $2.3 billion in economic activity and almost 6,000 jobs.

As stated by Transport and Planning MinisterRita Saffioti:

“The McGowan Government’s vision for METRONET is to build well-connected, liveable and self-supporting suburbs with excellent public transport links, local jobs and well-planned communities.

“The planning for METRONET precincts takes time as we investigate potential locations, precinct development opportunities, connections, constructability and community impact.

“Getting it right early will ensure METRONET precincts have the best outcomes for transport, the communities and Perth more broadly.

“Running parallel with the METRONET precincts work are the reforms to the strata, which will open up a range of new opportunities in how we develop our communities.”

As stated by Housing Minister Peter Tinley:

“METRONET offers exciting opportunities for more Western Australians to own their own homes and live in affordable housing.

“This is especially important when we consider that WA has a rapidly growing population that is expected to reach 3.5 million people by 2050.

“METRONET precincts will enable people of all ages and abilities to live in a range of affordable housing options in safe, inclusive and connected communities.

“Our emphasis is on people first to ensure the State Government’s investment in infrastructure and planning for precincts is focused on the communities we create and service.”

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