The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA WA) is very pleased to accept the invitation from the state government to appoint a representative to the METRONET private sector reference group.

“MetroNet is a key project for the connectivity of Perth and will have a huge impact on the growth of our city including future housing, employment and activity centres,” UDIA WA CEO Allison Hailes said.

“Done right, MetroNet will have a very positive impact on the Perth community and our day to day lives,” Ms Hailes said.

“UDIA is particularly keen to ensure the areas around designated train stations are transformed into community hubs that are a centre for employment, retail, amenity and services for the surrounding community,” Ms Hailes said.

“With the right planning and policy framework, these areas could also incorporate a diversity of housing choices that would offer residents affordable, practical living options close to transport,” Ms Hailes said.

“This is the sort of project that Perth needs to kick it up a level in terms of competing with other global metropolitan cities,” Ms Hailes said.

“It is our role to ensure the government project reaches maximum potential and the private sector is given the opportunity to participate and work together to achieve excellent outcomes for the people of Perth,” Ms Hailes said.

“In particular, we want to see the government provide leadership in creating a precinct plan for each station in collaboration with industry, which outlines a blue print for each site area,” Ms Hailes said.

“That would mean private industry are then able to develop parcels of land within that site area under the clear guidance of the precinct plan,” Ms Hailes said.

“A clearly defined precinct plan will also ensure that the community can be engaged early in the planning process and is clearly aware of the future plans,” Ms Hailes said.

“We are looking forward to positively collaborating on the reference group,” Ms Hailes said.


For more information:
Gemma Osiejak
UDIA WA Executive Manager Communications & Marketing
M: 0421 506 819