A better way for Gosnells
As we enter
the 21st century, the City of Gosnells is on course to create a new
and better way of life for residents and visitors. Approximately 17
kilometres south east from the centre of Perth's CBD, Gosnells sits
on the fringe of suburbia with large areas still to be developed.
With over 40 percent of its area earmarked for future development,
Council is determined that this development will meet community needs
and aspirations for the future.
Restarting the heart
nature of Local Government is such that unanimous agreement on
anything is a rarity, according to Mayor Pat Morris. With large
regional centres on either side of the City, Council had a task ahead
of it to win backing for its ambitious 'Revitalisation of the
Gosnells Town Centre Scheme'.
Included in the new
Civic Centre complex as part of the City Centre Revitalisation Plan
will be a Centre for Business Development to 'incubate' and grow
Planning with a purpose
with him an international background in strategic planning and urban
regeneration, Stuart Jardine came to Gosnells with the aim of moving
the City forward through a strategic plan that had widespread
Creating liveable neighbourhoods
Under the Western Australian Community Design Code being trialed
by the WA Planning Commission, urban development can now embody the
international principles of 'New Urbanism'. This is a return to
traditional development that creates compact, robust and pedestrian
friendly urban environments.
Renewal on a suburb wide scale
Part of plans to renew the City to improve safety and community
amenity includes enhancement works in older suburbs.
Designing out crime
have indicated that Gosnells residents see reduced crime and
increased safety as top priority in terms of what Local Government
can achieve for them. Accordingly, Gosnells has undertaken a number
of steps to increase personal safety and reduce the perception of
crime. One of these is a new approach to City design.
Seniors safe and independent
issue of greatest concern for Gosnells residents, identified in
community surveys, was personal safety. This was particularly the
case with older residents. Although the City of Gosnells experiences
lower than average crime, a perception of high crime rates was
interfering with people's ability to live life fully.
Out, about and together in Gosnells
The City of Gosnells runs various community programs to bring
people out of their homes and come together in their neighbourhood.
This gives people a chance to 'own' public spaces, to meet other
people and, above all, have fun.
A place for youth
Officer Lisa May first proposed to create a Youth Centre in the
Gosnells area she encountered some suspicion and fear. This
was particularly the case for residents located near the proposed
Centre. Through a series of community forums many of those who
originally objected are now the Centre's biggest supporters.
Cities for climate protection
Gosnells, along with its neighbouring City of Armadale and Shire of
Serpentine- Jarrahdale, have been recognised with an award for their
contribution to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The three
Councils have developed a regional approach to the Cities for Climate
Community Sponsorship Program brings
Gosnells' Sponsorship and Funding Officer, Patrick
Quigley, is responsible for managing requests for financial
assistance from the community, under Council's Community Sponsorship
Program. He explained that Gosnells has formalised the approach to
considering financial requests with this sponsorship program, which
has a specific budget and sponsorship criteria.
Keeping Gosnells in the shade
The alarming increase in the number of Australians suffering
melanomas and other forms of skin cancer has particular meaning in
Western Australia which enjoys a good share of this country's
sunshine. This has prompted Gosnells, in conjunction with the Western
Australian Cancer Foundation, to be the first Council in this state
to introduce an official shade policy.
EHOs no longer the enemy
the absence of stricter legislative controls, Gosnells' Environmental
Health Officer, Harvy Walkerden, believes the FoodSafe program is the
perfect way to ensure food hygiene standards.