What We Thought Would Kill Us

The What We Thought Would Kill Us series investigates controversial and divisive projects in Perth’s recent history to determine whether they have had a positive or negative effect on Perth in the long-term.

The seven case studies completed to date examine the history, development and public opinion surrounding the development of Perth’s Bell Tower, the Perth to Mandurah railway, Hillary’s Boat Harbour, Perth Arena, the Raffles Waterfront Development, the Graham Farmer Freeway and Northbridge Tunnel and the Old Swan Brewery. They examine how the project processes and public opinion at the time influenced the final design and outcome of each project.

What we have learnt from this project is that bold projects require strong leadership, commitment and an effective and inclusive strategy for early and regular public engagement and participation.

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