Advocacy in Action - Progressing Get a Move On!


At the end of 2016, we released our landmark Get a Move On! research report, which provided 13 major findings, 10 recommendations and 33 actions to identify a preferred and practical pathway for Perth’s mobility and land-use future.

The collaborative project was carried out over a 12-month period and included a survey of 2,000 commuters; interviews with 40 major businesses representing more than 100,000 commuters; the findings of on-the-ground study tours; and desktop research to examine commuting and the co-dependent relationship between land use, transport and economic development.

Pleasingly, this month we were able to revisit some of the key findings and recommendations of Get a Move On! through a Reshaping Working Group briefing from Mehdi Langroudi, Manager, Network Performance at Main Roads and through a Food for Thought Leaders Luncheon with Glen Finn, Planning Director Policy and Priority Initiatives at the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage.

Mehdi outlined some of the main causes of congestion in Perth and Peel, and also advised of the ways that Main Roads are working to address such issues. A significant bottleneck between the Canning and Narrows Bridges will become a smart freeway pilot by deploying technology to manage the on-ramps, lanes and speeds.

It is clear that no city has been able to build its way out of congestion, so new ways of managing the existing network are needed, and if the pilot is successful, the technology will be rolled out to create a smart freeway system.

With the State Government’s commitment to METRONET, a number of recommendations from the Get a Move On! report have been addressed through careful planning and strategic decision making. Committee for Perth members heard from Glen Finn on the progression and plans for the METRONET project. Altogether, stage one will deliver 70 kilometres of new rail and 18 new stations with 5000ha of land for redevelopment into station precincts.

The State Government’s approach to integrated transport and land use planning has resulted in a large team of experts from across government working to ensure that the outcomes for the Perth and Peel region are delivered across transport, planning and design, environment, social and economic portfolios.

Glen discussed the planning process for station precincts, classifying them into typologies based on their ability to deliver land use and transport outcomes. Careful consideration is also going into each of the station characteristics, including the location of the station and the supporting amenity, including car parking and provision of housing to deliver long-term targets to increase the population.

This commitment to strategic planning is yet another element of METRONET with aligns with the outcomes from Get a Move On!, which recommended to increase population in appropriate locations and to prepare station specific transport, access and amenity plans for existing and future train stations. 

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