Outer suburbs on the agenda

Jobs and infrastructure are the keys to successful growth in the outer suburbs such as Yanchep, the City of Wanneroo will tell a National Growth Areas Alliance conference.

HIGH growth outer suburbs such as those between Butler and Two Rocks and the issues they face are on the agenda at a National Growth Areas Alliance conference this week.

Held in Mindarie the two-day conference, which has as its theme Building the outer suburbs of the future, kicks off with an opening by City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, who is also deputy chairwoman of the National Growth Areas Alliance.

National Growth Areas Alliance chairman Glenn Docherty, who is the City of Playford Mayor, will also deliver a message to the congress, which starts on Monday, November 14 and concludes the next day.

Keynote speaker MacroPlan Australia executive chairman Brian Haratsis is an author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector locally and internationally.

Congress publicity said Mr Haratsis established MacroPlan Australia (renamed MacroPlan Dimasi in 2012) in 1985 and had devoted the past 30 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects-policies.

“Brian is a leader in demographic analysis and property trends and has extensive experience in forecasting demand for retirement living Aged Care mixed use development in Australia,’’ the program said.

It also said he was a key analyst in the development of Australia’s first new generation ‘main street’ in Brighton Butler.

“His new thinking is currently transforming projects in residential, commercial, retirement living/aged care and mixed use development.’’

His third third book Destructive Cities analyses how the service sector, globalisation and technology can reshape Australia.

After Mr Haratsis City of Wanneroo advocacy and enconomic development manager Dr Ian Martinus will moderate a panel, which includes Yanchep Beach Joint Venture chief executive officer Gin Wah Ang and Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA Division) chief executive officer Allison Haile, discussing Getting the building blocks to stack up.

Federal Opposition Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development spokesman Anthony Albanese, who also holds the Tourism portfolio, will then address the congress.

After a presentation about the City of Wanneroo and Perth’s northern growth corridor by City of Wanneroo chief executive officer Daniel Sims the congress attendees will take a field trip to the Jindalee foreshore and visit new developments and industrial areas.

On the last day of the congress presenters include Moore MHR Ian Goodenough and Dr Kirsten Martinus and Assoc Prof Dr Paul Maginn both from the University of Western Australia who will talk about From Fugli-burbs to Attracta-burbs: Understanding the Social, Economic and Political Challenges-Opportunities for Outer-Suburbia.

Other presenters include Regional Development Australia Perth executive director Collen Yates and Department of Sport and recreation facilities and camps director Rob Didcoe.

National Growth Areas Alliance members will then hold a strategic planning workshop.