Advocacy in Action - Working Group Meetings

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October was a busy month for our Working Groups, who met with multiple stakeholders to discuss local and international projects relevant to our Reshaping and Revitalising advocacy agendas.

The City of Perth and the Perth Public Art Foundation are in the process of engaging with the community and stakeholders to understand local appetite for a project which recognises and commemorates the Bicentenary of Perth, in 2029. As part of this process, our Reshaping and Revitalising Working Groups were asked to participate in a workshop, facilitated by Deloitte, to provide input into how Perth’s Bicentenary could best be celebrated and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Specifically, the Bicentenary Project is part of a broader discussion to determine whether Perth should have a piece of art representative of the region. Throughout the discussion, Working Group members agreed the project needed to incorporate the following elements:

  • Previous work conducted by the Committee for Perth examined the concept to establish a World Centre for Indigenous Culture, which should include displays of Aboriginal culture from both a curatorial perspective as well as through live cultural expression. 
  • The Bicentenary Project identifies an opportunity to reflect on the importance of Reconciliation in Western Australia.
  • The Project provides an opportunity to reset the past in order to create a better future and reflect on past successes and failures.
  • A great work of art should be iconic and have wow factor, yet needs to incorporate functionality, a purpose and visibility.
  • A successful project will have ownership by Federal, State, local governments and the community.

Also during the month, the Reshaping Working Group met to receive a briefing from world-renowned bridge designer, Adriaan Kok, who is a senior project manager and designer at ipv Delft in the Netherlands. Adriaan was hosted by the Department of Transport as part of a wider visitor program which will see him present to the Australian Small Bridges Conference.

A Dutch Design Manual for Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridges, produced by ipv Delft, provided the basis for which the team designed the Hovenring circular cycle bridge in Eindhoven. The manual sets up a number of key considerations for the design of a project, which include: ensure adequate stakeholder representation; create an understanding of the technical and social requirements; thoroughly analyse all the requirements, such as who, what, when and where; conduct a network analysis; incorporate local context including location specific requirements and potential benefits; understand intended and unintended user groups; find the best contextual fit within the existing network; and finally, design the bridge with all these requirements incorporated.


The Hovenring considered all of these requirements, with a resulting two-way, two-lane roundabout bicycle bridge, designed to fit in with the existing roads and bicycle pathways. Adriaan spoke of the importance in incorporating design with functionality, with structurally improved solutions often ending up in aesthetically pleasing project outcomes. The final project ended up costing €6.3 million, €2.2 million below the original estimate and was paid for by funding allocations for roads, and successfully relieved congestion through a busy intersection.

The final Reshaping Working Group meeting during October was held with 3 Oceans and their consultant team to discuss a development proposal for Scarborough Beach, Iconic Scarborough. The development would revitalise the current Contacio site through a proposed $450 million investment in twin towers with 345 residential apartments, 159 hotel rooms, a 2,350m2 convention centre and space for an observation deck, bar and café and gallery and exhibition space. The proposal also incorporates 41 units of affordable housing options.


3 Oceans have engaged with multiple stakeholders throughout the three years spent developing the Iconic Scarborough proposal. This has included workshops, an online survey, social media engagement and a press release. Throughout this process, most respondents have supported all elements of the project, including street interface, the look and feel of the building, the proposed observation deck, the towers’ shape and configuration and the building facade.

Working Group members provided input into the project, supporting the vision for a landmark development in Scarborough, which would provide an understanding of design excellence throughout the community. A number of requirements are still under consideration by the 3 Oceans team, including a pedestrian bridge linking to the waterfront and the future incorporation of public transport.

A key finding from the Committee’s What We Thought Would Kill Us series was that projects that engage the community early have a much greater chance of success and are able to achieve outcomes suited for future user groups, contributing to the use and functionality of the development.

Thanks to all Working Group members who engaged with the Committee during October to discuss and hear from local and international experts.


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