Metronet Forum

More than 70 people attended the Shelter WA METRONET Community Sector Forum to hear from experts from government, industry and the community sector on how Perth’s ambitious public transport program can deliver more social, affordable and inclusive housing supply. 

As a member of the METRONET Private Sector Reference Group Shelter WA initiated the forum as an opportunity for the sector to learn how they can get involved in partnership with industry and government. 

In his keynote address METRONET Project Director Anthony Kannis outlined how important the project is for Perth. 

“The Government has identified this is as much a land use plan as a transport plan. Land use outcomes are integral in the design of our new infrastructure and will lay the groundwork for communities in the future,” said Mr Kannis.

 Garry Ellender; Managing Director, Derellen Consultancy, Allison Hailes; CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA Division, Michelle Mackenzie; CEO Shelter WA, Greg Cash; Assistant Director General of Commercial Operations at the Department of Communities, James Yuen; Project Manager, Housing Advisory Unit, Department of Communities/Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

“We know from projects like the Mandurah Line, that linking the outer suburbs to the rail network can have a strong effect. We will be linking strategic cities like Yanchep and Ellenbrook, even to Byford and our suburbs will benefit from that transformation coming from the rail investment.

“Suburbs like Baldivis, Forrestfield, Harrisdale, and Piara Waters will be triggered by the infill targets of Perth and Peel, and there will be opportunities for better transport connections.”

METRONET Planning Director Glen Finn reinforced that METRONET enables integrated land development in line with the Perth and Peel@3.5million land use planning and infrastructure frameworks.

The frameworks aim to accommodate 3.5 million people by 2050 by creating vibrant communities within a compact and connected city; making best use of existing and proposed infrastructure; and protecting important environmental assets. About 800,000 new homes are needed for the increased population. Almost half - 380,000 at a minimum - will be provided through increased infill development, predominantly in existing suburbs and around key public transport locations.

“On the analysis we have undertaken to date on METRONET, we estimate we can potentially accommodate within the broader walkable catchment, defined as being 1km away from each station, up to 100,000 new homes,” said Mr Finn.

The Assistant Director General of Commercial Operations at the Department of Communities Greg Cash focused specifically on the METRONET Social and Affordable Housing and Jobs Package in his address.

“We announced the Affordable Housing Action Plan which commits the Department of Communities to delivering 35,000 affordable housing opportunities by 2020,” Mr Cash said.

“Regardless of the fact that the economic conditions in the housing market have softened quite significantly, there are still a cohort of people that are being left behind, so we continue to focus our efforts on targeting that end of the market.”

The Housing and Jobs package will deliver 1,390 transit aligned homes over four years, including 320 social housing opportunities, 400 homes at entry level prices and up to 300 with liveable design features.

After the keynote presentations were made a panel session took place involving Garry Ellender; Managing Director, Derellen Consultancy Greg Cash; Assistant Director General of Commercial Operations at the Department of Communities, Allison Hailes; CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA Division, and James Yuen; Project Manager, Housing Advisory Unit, Department of Communities/Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Panel members focused on the opportunities and the challenges for METRONET which generated a lively Q&A session. Such was the success of the forum conversations among participants continued well after the panel concluded.

Anthony Kannis; METRONET Project Director, Glenn Finn; METRONET Planning Director, Greg Cash; Assistant Director General of Commercial Operations at the Department of Communities, Michelle Mackenzie; CEO Shelter WA.

“METRONET provides a great opportunity to facilitate more diverse, affordable housing options that meets the current and future needs of all members of our community,” said Michelle. “With over 9,000 people experiencing homelessness, 14,000 people on the waitlist for social housing and less than 1.5 per of market rentals affordable for people on the minimum wage, partnerships between the community sector, industry and government when done well will increase the right type of housing supply.”

Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie reinforced that Shelter WA will continue its strong advocacy for social and affordable housing supply through its membership of the METRONET Private Sector Reference Group.

 

 

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