Perth as a connnected city

Perth is currently undergoing a number of exciting transformations that will help to secure our position as a vibrant and connected city.

But with population growth predicted to continue at unprecedented rates, infrastructure must keep pace with growth to ensure that Perth remains a highly liveable and globally competitive region.

With growing frustration about longer commute times, urgent attention is needed to improve our roads and public transport system.

Decisions made or deferred now relating to future commute options will have huge impact in the years to come as 3.5 million people try to move around to live, work and play across the region.

We invite you to join us for lunch as we seek to learn from international guest speaker Lyle Bicknell, Principal Urban Designer at the City of Seattle and to discuss the impact of the government's deferral of the MAX light rail project.

The impact of light rail affects much more than how we get around, it can be the catalyst for getting people out of their cars and to facilitate urban regeneration.

Lyle will share the experiences of Seattle and Vancouver where high capacity transit networks have transformed both urban and suburban areas.

Featuring international guest speaker Lyle Bicknell.

Panel session including Ian Cowie, CEO City of Gosnells; Gaye McMath, COO The University of Western Australia and Member/Deputy Chair QEII Medical Centre Trust and Owen Thomas, Project Manager, Metro Area Express (MAX) Project, Department of Transport.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Lyle Bicknell

Principal Urban Designer at the City of Seattle

Lyle is a trained Architect and is the Principal Urban Designer at the City of Seattle where he is responsible for implementing Seattle’s recently updated neighborhood plans—with specific focus on creating successful, multimodal neighborhoods around Seattle’s new light rail stations.

His work includes developing Urban Design Frameworks for the North Beacon, Mount Baker and Othello neighbourhood town centres on the light rail route as well as revising city policies and regulations to align with the updated plans. His work requires reaching consensus among a diverse range of community stakeholders, as well as interdepartmental and interagency collaboration with organisations such as King County Metro and Sound Transit.

Additional responsibilities include conducting detailed transportation analysis, with the assistance of outside consultants, and proposing specific transportation improvements. Lyle also serves on the Transit Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan Interagency Technical Advisory Team.

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Owen Thomas

Principal Transport Planner and Project Manager at the Department of Transport

Owen is a Principal Transport Planner and Project Manager working in WA's Department of Transport MAX Light Rail Project Team.

Prior to this role he worked as a Senior Transit Planner in the DoT’s Integrated Transport Planning team on major projects including the State’s 20 Year Public Transport Plan, the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project and planning for the Murdoch Specialised Activity Centre and for the Public Transport Authority as part of the Transperth Service Development team, where he was involved in the day to day planning and operations of Perth’s public transport system, including the opening of the Mandurah Line in 2007.

Owen was awarded the CILTA/SCLAA WA 2007 Young Professional of the Year award, and was a finalist in the 2008 Australian Supply Chain and Logistics National Young Professional of the Year award.

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Ian Cowie

CEO at the City of Gosnells

Ian is currently the CEO at the City of Gosnells; a local government with an annual budget of approximately $100 million and a staff of approximately 600. He has held the position of CEO for the past five years.

Prior to joining local government in 2006, Ian worked as a State Public Servant for 18 years in a variety of positions in regional development, housing and local government.

Ian has a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours in Geography from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Gaye McMath

Chief Operation Officer at The University of Western Australia

Gaye is the Chief Operation Officer at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Prior to joining UWA Gaye had a 23 year career with BHP Billiton (BHPB) and held senior executive positions in a wide range of financial, strategic planning and commercial management roles in the steel, mining and treasury divisions. She was a BHPB nominated director on a number of domestic and international mining and infrastructure joint venture Boards.

Gaye has held directorships for the past 18 years in the Resources, Infrastructure, Energy, Financial Services, Property, Education and Healthcare sectors.

Her other board positions include Gold Corporation, Western Australian Treasury Corporation, Queen Elizabeth ll Medical Centre Trust , The Australian Institute of Company Directors (Western Australian Division) and The Perth International Arts Festival.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.