Advocacy in Action – Perth City Summit


In August this year, Member for Perth, John Carey MLA held a Perth City Summit with more than 350 attendees to discuss issues critical to Perth’s future. The primary purpose of the Summit was to bring together residents, business operators and property owners to champion new ideas, drive new momentum and create more vibrancy, life and activity in our city. In addition, Perth’s big picture approach to major projects around the city weren’t being reflected on the streets and in the community.

As part of the Perth City Summit, the Committee’s CEO was asked to participate in a panel session to provide an evidence base on the challenges facing our city and the critical issues that need to be addressed.

The Summit was the final piece in a process of community consultation that commenced earlier in the year, and followed a series of precinct workshops and an online community survey with more than 1,000 respondents.

Attendees were asked to assess and identify key actions needed for our city and to join and champion these initiatives in order to make them a reality. Throughout the day, 35 recommendations were reviewed, tested and prioritised which related to Indigenous culture, vibrancy, activation, entertainment, safety, the economy, CBD liveability, public and active transport, parking, deregulation and homelessness.

The final result was a top 10 list of recommendations to drive change in Perth city.

This month, the Committee invited John Carey MLA to speak to our members at a Food for Thought luncheon event, to discuss key recommendations arising from the summit and how these would be driven forward.

Importantly, the number one issue identified by Summit attendees was to partner with the Noongar people in recognising Indigenous culture and history in the city. This aligns with the Committee’s own reconciliation advocacy agenda, as we have been long-term promoters for WA to make acknowledgement and respect of its Aboriginal culture and heritage visible at all times through the recommendations contained in our report, A Cultural Compact for Western Australia – the 10 year challenge.

Out of the 35 initial recommendations proposed for discussion at the Summit, 17 of these were supported by the Committee’s extensive evidence base, through the research and recommendations contained in reports including Towards a Bright Future, Get a Move On!, our FACTBase Research and previous submissions.

In order to assist discussion and drive these issues forward, the Committee prepared a matrix to provide an evidence base which supports these 17 recommendations, which can be viewed here.

During the Luncheon, John Carey MLA advised that he would be driving the top 10 recommendations forward through a new organisation, Activate Perth, which will bring new activity, life and vibrancy in the city. The full list of recommendations can be viewed at here.

The Committee believes that the Perth City Summit is a hugely successful and promising platform to drive key issues forward, with honest and open community engagement. We look forward to working with the Member for Perth to create change with a renewed sense of energy and purpose in our city. 

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