Advocacy in Action - 10 years of Working Groups

This year marks the 10-year anniversary since our Working Groups were established. They have become a crucial way in which our members can engage in discussion and debate. Members of our Reshaping, Revitalising and Reforming Working Groups have dedicated their time and intellect during this period to ensuring a Bright Future for Perth, and we are incredibly grateful for all they have contributed.

Over the past 10 years, our Working Group members have attended a combined total of 94 meetings and volunteered more than 1,200 hours to shape our submissions and positions on a broad range of issues in the areas of reshaping, revitalising and reforming Greater Perth.

Our Revitalising Working Group made its mark on our cultural vibrancy agenda. Early on, they played a significant part in driving implementation of the Committee’s Cultural Compact report, which resulted in the establishment of a Chamber for the Arts and Culture. In addition, the efforts volunteered by members created greater clarity on the Committee’s role in Indigenous advocacy across Perth and Peel, identifying the need for a World Centre for Indigenous Culture. Work undertaken during 2008/09 remains as relevant today as it did back then, with the Perth City Summit again reinforcing this opportunity.

They were also pivotal in undertaking work to establish a Youth Arts Hub, which eventually led to the development of The Hive test-bed, a collaborative arts platform for young and emerging artists, by Propel Youth Arts WA. This work was carried out across a total of 17 meetings and is the result of 280 volunteer hours.

Our Reforming Working Group was very active in the early years on items of legislative and regulatory reform and has been instrumental in providing advice and intellect across a number of our submissions over the past 10 years. Areas of advocacy tackled by our Reforming Working Group included local government reform, through assisting in the preparation of reports, letters and submissions to state and local government throughout the process between 2009 and 2015.

Members also contributed significantly to the Committee’s advocacy on the deregulation of retail trading hours, resulting in the announcement in July 2012 of extended Sunday trading. More recently, they have provided intellect and feedback during meetings with Uber and the Department of Transport in relation to the reform of on-demand transport and assisted in preparing relevant submissions. Members of our Reforming Working Group met a total of 20 times and volunteered 196 hours to progress this important work.

Lastly, our Reshaping Working Group assists us with the development of proposals around the built environment, places and transport. It has been our most active group over the past decade, volunteering 743 hours across 57 meetings. Due to the large remit of the Reshaping Working Group, their work has had much greater variation. Major projects were a focus of the Committee’s advocacy agenda and included Elizabeth Quay, various public transport plans and projects across Perth and Peel including light rail, the Perth City Link between the CBD and Northbridge, numerous discussions and submissions regarding Perth Airport, and planning for the region as it continues its growth.

As a small team, the Committee benefits enormously from being able to bring together the expertise from our more than 100 members. We thank each and every member that has provided contribution to our Working Groups to date. Without your generosity of knowledge and careful consideration of research and information, the Committee wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much as we have.

Read our advocacy achievements here.

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.