FACTBase Bulletin 18 - Perceptions of Urban Elites on Four Australasian Cities: How does Perth compare?

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This paper explores perceptions of the urban elite – business people, policy makers and academics – on the Australasian cities of Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

Key Findings
  • This FACTBase Bulletin presents the findings of a comparative study on perceptions amongst policy makers, business leaders, and academics on four large cities in the Australasian region, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.
  • This dynamically growing region is characterised by economic and population growth rates, strong export performance, and by large, high quality of life ratings.
  • Every respondent stated an opinion; a finding that shows that in a globalising world people are becoming highly aware of other places.
  • Perth has been mostly associated with rapid wealth creation on the back of a fast growing mining industry.
  • Yet, Perth is almost as strongly linked to its well cited geographical isolation and remoteness.
  • While cultural attributes of newness and immaturity featured relatively prominently, it is perhaps somewhat unexpected that several respondents acknowledged positive planning outcomes and progressive urban renewal initiatives in Perth.
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.