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Dialogue with City

  • Australia
  • City of Perth


Perth is experiencing some of the highest population and economic growth rates of any city in Australia and this growth is placing a significant demand on the land, resources and environment.

Predictions indicate that this growth will continue, and in less than half a lifetime, the population of the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel region will be half as big again as it is today. Such growth will have significant impacts on transport, housing and employment.

Perth ranks highly among the world's most liveable cities. However, the predicted growth, together with the growing urban sprawl, will place strains on future sustainability.

Dialogue with the city was launched to give citizens a unique opportunity to contribute to the creation of a planning vision and strategy to guide Perth's future growth and development over the next two decades. It was the largest deliberative forum ever held in the southern hemisphere and is a case study in deliberative democracy.

The objective of Dialogue with the City was to jointly plan to make Perth the world's most liveable city by 2030.