1. John Sutton
    January 26, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

    Co-ordinated pro-active statewide planning is the key to easing the pressure of rapid population growth in Perth and alleviating the devastating impact of reactionary “boom-bust” development in regional WA.

  2. Marie O'Dea
    January 30, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

    A quick look at the section on Albany and there seems to be deathly silence on the Albany Health Campus which was at the time of construction largest investment in health in WA outside Perth. The facilities now available are capable of attracting more health professionals and there already is tertiary training of Drs in Albany (as in Geraldton and Kalgoorlie). There seems to be three years of reality (not just stats) that seem to be missing from the document. Another attraction of Albany is climate – it has the reputation for being wet, but the reality is somewhat different. The mild climate is a huge plus – you can live without heating and air-conditioning it just means a bit of adjustment to how you might watch tv. Perhaps not advisable for the elderly, but we do not have extremes of heat and cold.

    • RAI Admin
      February 2, 2015 @ 4:06 pm

      Thank you for your comments. The full Cities Beyond Perth analysis report if read in addition to the profile report provides a number of examples on the investments and infrastructure development made in regions through the Royalties for Regions initiative and other funding sources. Neither report is intended to provide a comprehensive list of all such activity, but the analysis report read in full may provide some additional context.

      Health infrastructure is certainly vitally important to a regional centre, both as a source of employment and training opportunities and for services provided to the community. Both the reports make specific mention of the importance of human capital development in addition to infrastructure, and your feedback certainly confirms the vital importance of this to people who are living and working in the community.

      The focus of the report is on opportunity for new economic development in the future for Albany. The expansion of tertiary education facilities offers a vital new industry sector, as does the growth of new tourism attractors. Climate is certainly one of Albany’s many appealing aspects, as well as other amenity factors which underpin Albany’s desirability as a destination for retirees. You may find a prior report Pathways to Settlement on population mobility interesting reading in this regard.