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NWW Speaker Series – Perth Water Precinct Plan & The Rising Tide

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Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, L4 Theatrette, 168 St George’s Tce, Perth
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Presenters: Greg Comiskey, Town Planner Rivers and Attractions with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Doctor Julian Bolleter Deputy Director with the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC)


Shaping the Swan Rivers Future: Perth Water Precinct Plan

The Perth Water precinct – the section of the Swan River and its foreshore between the Narrows and Windan bridges – is changing with several major projects underway, increasing visitor numbers, and growing interest for tourist and commercial ventures. Given the significance of Perth Water, a Precinct Plan is being developed to guide planning within the precinct, its foreshores and abutting private development interface in a more strategic and proactive manner for the wider benefit of all visitors to the area.  The Precinct Plan is intended to set a framework to determine acceptable developments/uses for the area based on defining landscape characteristics, community aspirations and environmental and cultural values. The Perth Water Precinct Plan is to be founded on the principles of Water Sensitive Cities. Greg will discuss the challenges and opportunities in preparation of the Perth Water Precinct Plan.

The rising tide…………..

This presentation explores how to balance the green infrastructure role of river foreshores at the same time as adapting to Sea level Rise (SLR). In particular we explore examine conventional SLR fortification, accommodation, and retreat strategies on the foreshores of Perth Water to understand their implications for green infrastructure functions. These implications are that in the short-term, accommodation strategies, which seek to de-mineralise Perth Water’s currently fortified edges, could see a substantial increase in ecosystem service provision, particular water quality protection, flood risk mitigation and coastal protection. However, to maintain the parkland’s intended green infrastructure, and ecosystem service, functions in the longer term, some retreat of urban areas will be required, along with the migration of the foreshore reserve landward.

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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