State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper Released
Last Friday, Infrastructure WA released the State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper, the first step in the development of a 20 year plan that will outline the direction of cross industry state developments to create a stronger Western Australia. This release marks the beginning of an eight week public consultation period, which will consist of workshops run by Infrastructure WA and the opportunity to provide online feedback by the 21st of August. The workshops will be run across the state, with the Perth metropolitan workshop held on the 23rd of July.
The discussion paper outlines the key challenges and opportunities facing our state, proposes a variety of approaches, and poses questions on how to address current and projected concerns, to create a better WA for all. The paper raises the different challenges facing different industries, and the complexity of these challenges in the regions compared to the metropolitan area. The key sectors that are addressed are transport, energy, water, waste, digital connectivity and telecommunications, education and training, social and affordable housing, health, justice and public safety, and arts, culture, sport and recreation.
Future projecting and planning for the state’s infrastructure is essential to guide our development in the best possible direction, with key targets ensuring outcomes are measurable and attainable. For the building and construction industry, this paper highlights important areas where future built form is likely to be required. In particular, we see this informing developments in areas such as education facilities, adaptable community facilities, additional and refurbished social and affordable housing, supportive accommodation for those with mental health issues, aged care facilities, and accommodation for those supported by the NDIS as select examples. There are many facilities across the different sectors that have been identified as requiring maintenance and upgrade works to make them fit for their current purpose.
Read the discussion paper here: https://infrastructure.wa.gov.au/DiscussionPaper It is anticipated that a draft Infrastructure Strategy will be published mid 2021, with the Strategy finalised by the end of 2021.
A complementary paper that addresses the different sectors has been published here: https://www.infrastructure.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-06/40681%20INFWA_InfrastructureWA_SECTORS_FINAL.pdf