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How Construction of the Perth Transport Strategy will Revive the City

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In July, 2013, the City of Perth launched its new Strategic Community Plan — Vision 2029+, which set out the community's aspirations, objectives, and vision for the city. Now, it is in a period of extraordinary growth and development, and several key projects will significantly alter its urban landscape over the years.  

Perth is is in a period of extraordinary growth and development. 

Following extensive public consultation, the City of Perth has recently developed a Transport Strategy to articulate its long-term aspirations for transport and to highlight what the progress towards a more vibrant, sustainable, and liveable city is going to look like. 

The objectives include an integrated approach to transport system planning in the City of Perth and continuing to cater for a more diverse business and residential community, while seeking to achieve significant safety improvements across all modes of transport.

The plan’s key areas of focus are:

• Proactive planning for a world class integrated transport system,
• Promoting housing diversity so that a diverse range of people choose to live in the city,
• Improving safety and security and creating a strong and active night-time economy.

The community outcomes for the development centre around Perth as a liveable capital city. That means an effective pedestrian-friendly movement system which integrates transport modes to maintain a high level of accessibility to and within the city. 

So what will be the considerations for the construction industry?

The residential population of Perth has grown significantly from 11,416 persons in 2006 to 16,720 persons in 2011, with a population of 19,043 persons in 2012, representing a 46.5 per cent increase with an average annual increase of almost eight per cent. This trend is expected to continue, which makes Perth likely to achieve a residential population of 28,500 persons by 2023. 

This trend is expected to continue, which makes Perth likely to achieve a residential population of 28,500 persons by 2023.  

The City of Perth is the most accessible location by public transport within the Perth Region, being the hub through which all passenger train lines pass as well as a major hub for the public bus network.

This accessibility is reflected in how people travel to work, with a lower proportion of the 124,679 (47%) workers travelling by private car to work compared to the Perth Region average (67.3%).  

The City of Perth is witnessing an unprecedented level of activity, seeing three State Government major redevelopment areas in progress. These three areas, Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link, and Riverside, when built out in the span of the next 15 years will see the introduction of 5,850 dwellings and 514,000 square metres of commercial and retail floor space.

The Strategic Community Plan is a ten-year rolling plan which is to be reviewed every two years. 

The Strategic Community Plan is a ten-year rolling plan which is to be reviewed every two years, so as to ensure that the best decisions are made in the short to medium term. Issues such as transport and access, accomodating the needs of a growing residential population, costs of living in the city, and social inclusion have been identified as important influencers in planning for the future of the city. 

The building services provided through local government assist in protecting the community from major risks to life and property and contribute to the sustainability of our built environment. While ithe State Government sets building regulations, it is Local Government’s responsibility to make sure everything is in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, relevant town planning requirements, and building local laws.  

Local government’s role in building control services includes:

• Assessing the key building risks and issuing permits

• Compliance

• Providing advice on building matters and scenarios

• Building Certification

• Preparing feasibility reports

• Establishing policies to guide building control services

• Establishing and reviewing local laws that may impact on the building industry

When considering a fit-out, refurbishment, modification, or alteration to an existing building, there are a number of matters which need to be considered and specialised expert advice may be required. A particular building may be State Heritage listed or listed under the City of Perth Planning Scheme. In such a case, a a planning application for approval might be requested. The alterations may impact on the Premises Standard in relation to access for people with disabilities.

A particular building may be State Heritage listed or listed under the City of Perth Planning Scheme. 

If a proposed building projects involves dewatering or has any impact on the City’s stormwater system, approvals need to be in place prior to commencement of works. The City of Perth can provide specialised advice on these matters to ensure that all drainage and dewatering have been addressed and have the appropriate approvals prior to the issue of a Building Permit.

The City's vision statement is of a "vibrant, connected, progressive; a friendly and beautiful place to be." The Transport Strategy aims to ensure the city's transport systems contribute to a sustainable, productive, liveable, and vibrant Perth.

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