Planning Minister John Day has released case studies on Subi Centro and Claisebrook Village, to try and inform future urban planning and development.
“Both Claisebrook Village and Subi Centro had ambitious targets and, some 20 years later have set the trend for higher density living and innovation in urban regeneration,” Minister Day said. “In 1991, Claisebrook was an abandoned industrial wasteland, badly in need of regeneration. Today, it embodies the original objectives set by the East Perth Redevelopment Authority to create a modern urban community, while retaining and protecting the rich heritage and natural setting of the area.”
The Minister said the Subi Centro project was an internationally-recognised example of a transit-oriented development that demonstrated how a new community could be integrated into a well-established inner-city suburb.
“In creating Subi Centro, the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority relocated the railway and Subiaco Train Station underground – a bold decision for its time. This allowed Subiaco to be reconnected with the northern suburbs and made way for the popular Subiaco Square precinct,” he said.
Mr Day said that with a new amalgamated Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority scheduled to commence on January 1, 2012, it was important to reflect and learn from these early projects.