Metronet: What this project means to our communities

Taking people into account in urban planning is of vital importance when undertaking major infrastructure projects in order to ensure communities benefit long term.

Pindan Director of Development Management, Nick Allingame, said there was no better example of such an infrastructure project in Perth and the impact it could have on daily life, than Metronet.

The project is described as a long-term scheme to connect Perth suburbs, reduce road congestion and meet Perth's future planning needs. 

Stage one of the rail project is set to create 72kms of new passenger rail and up to 18 new stations.

Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link, relocating the Midland Train Station, extending the Joondalup Line to Yanchep, connecting Thornlie and Cockburn Central stations and planning and building the new Morley-Ellenbrook Line are among the components of stage one.

Mr Allingame said not only could Metronet create better connectivity between urban centres but there was also the potential to provide increased local access to more amenities, services and employment opportunities within the precincts around the new train stations. 

“Providing a mix of housing types, including higher densities around the stations, along with retail outlets, services and public open space, can have a range of benefits to the surrounding community including increased affordability, liveability and community engagement,” he said. 

“If done well, these places can become a local community hub, getting people out of their cars and private homes and into the public realm where they have more opportunity to meet others living and working in the local area.”

Mr Allingame said the hubs would also boost local small businesses, where a critical mass of people were required to make business viable. 

“In order to achieve such great outcomes for the community, it will be important that the development around these stations is considered and planned carefully, with local and state government along with private industry working together right from the early stages,”
Nick Allingame

He said taking a ‘precinct scale’ approach, rather than an individual building scale mindset, would mean a more integrated approach to design and complementary uses for buildings within the area. 

“We need the government to provide leadership in creating a precinct plan for each station in collaboration with industry, which outlines a blue print for the whole site area,” he said.

“That would mean private industry is then able to develop parcels of land within that site area under the clear guidance of the precinct plan.”

Engaging the community early in the planning process is also a vital part of having a clearly defined precinct plan, Mr Allingame said.

“Another important aspect of developing these station precincts will be in what order they are to be developed,” he said.

“Staggering their development in order of priority will avoid flooding the market and also provide an opportunity for the first precincts to showcase to the community what can be achieved with the right planning and integration.”

One of Pindan’s own developments, The Reef at Two Rocks, is set to benefit from the Metronet project, with the extension of the Joondalup line to Yanchep planned as one of the first new lines.

The new Yanchep Train Station will be just a 5-minute drive from The Reef and a trip by train from Yanchep to Perth Underground station is anticipated to take just 45 minutes – meaning a commute to the city will be achievable in under an hour.

Dane Rawlings, Sales Consultant for The Reef at Two Rocks, said it would be a huge benefit to the residents of The Reef.

“Being able to travel further and quicker for employment and entertainment in the city will be a big plus for our residents of The Reef,” he said.

Mr Rawlings said buying in to estates like The Reef at Two Rocks prior to major infrastructures projects, like Metronet, was also a smart move.

“Once a project, like Metronet, is complete buyers will have even more confidence in the area, which in turn brings more purchasers, resulting in less supply. This higher demand causes upward pressure on pricing making now a great time to buy and watch your investment grow,”
Dane Rawlings

For more information about The Reef at Two Rocks, visit http://www.thereef.net.au/ and for more information about Metronet visit http://metronet.wa.gov.au/
Source: Pindan

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