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This guide contains resources relating to the development of sustainable and liveable neighbourhoods in the city of Perth.

Investigating Perth

Perth City Centre.

Perth is a modern and vibrant capital city, boasting a desirable lifestyle, great geographic location and attractive investment opportunities. As the capital city of one of the world’s most significant mining regions, Perth is rapidly growing in both population and economic prosperity.
The strength of the economy, especially our capabilities in the resource sector, ensures that both the city and the state are competitively placed for future investment and growth.

Perth is in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and new developments. The large-scale capital works projects throughout the city and surrounding areas means Perth will change dramatically over the next ten years, better reflecting the growing global importance of the city. These developments provide great opportunities for investors and will drive further economic growth, creating more jobs and stimulating commerce in all industries.

While the state of Western Australia is fortunate to have world-class reserves of natural mineral and energy resources, the city has become home to an equally impressive resource - a highly educated, skilled and productive workforce – gathered by the strength of the tertiary institutions, economic climate and world-class lifestyle opportunities, making Perth the state's leading destination for creative innovation and cultural diversity.

City of Perth, 2016. 

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Claisebrook Village, East Perth

Aerial view of East Perth.

The Claisebrook Village redevelopment brought more than just physical change to Perth. It created a market for higher density living and small lots close to the city, which led to exciting innovations in architecture and building, including restoration of more than a dozen heritage sites.

People run, walk, cycle and play in the scenic parks, gardens, playgrounds and cycle paths around Claisebrook Village every day. Claisebrook Cove, an inlet which was added to link the Swan River with the community, shapes the village against the city skyline, while the area’s indigenous and industrial heritage are celebrated with public art and displays.

Claisebrook Village is situated on the city’s eastern doorstep, created from 137.5 hectares of riverfront land. With stunning river and city views, plenty of open space and the addition of Claisebrook Cove, this redevelopment has become known as a model for urban renewal. Carefully designed walking paths, cycle paths, and the CAT bus system create easy connections between the village, the CBD and the river.

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, 2016.


Published on Aug 20, 2014. Now to the 'State of the Future' - a vision for WA beyond the boom, and a plan to make Perth the country's most livable city. WA's peak business group will today release its report with reforms it claims are needed to make Perth the best location to live, and to do business.

Cockburn Central

The public artwork is the creation of artists Marco Marcon and Rodney Glick. Entitled The Face of the Community, the work contrasts elements of realism with the unknown. Each was produced using hundreds of photos of local residents then digitally designed to represent the most frequent users of public transport. 


Cockburn Central is a town centre with a vibrant mix of residential, retail and commercial properties. Residential medium to high density apartment living will cater for the diverse community of the future. Shops, food and beverage establishments and offices are connected to the surrounding area through a public transport interchange next to the town square.

A total of 10 residential buildings providing 565 dwellings have been completed in the Cockburn Central Town Centre.  Another 61 dwellings are currently under construction, a futher 385 dwellings have received planning approval but are yet to commence construction and another 87 dwellings are currently being considered for approval.  The total number of residential apartments constructed, approved or currently being considered for approval in the Town Centre is 1098.

City of Cockburn, 2016.


Community Profiles

Community Profiles are excellent tools for researching, planning and analysing geographic areas for a number of social, economic and demographic variables. Community Profiles contain the following six profiles:

Basic Community
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Time Series
Place of Enumeration
Expanded Community
Working Population.

Community Profiles can be used to compare the characteristics of different areas.