Perth's coming of age

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Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi answers some quick questions about Perth's ongoing transformation, exclusively for Tweet Perth.

It’s all part of the bigger picture to put Perth on the map.

Unless you have been living under a rock over the last 5-10 years, you will no doubt have noticed Perth’s gradual transformation. As residents of the city and passengers on its journey to “come of age”, we’ve seen the emergence of a vibrant inner city and cultural scene, we’ve witnessed the ongoing infrastructural developments, and we’ve welcomed an influx of new Perthians, who have decided to call this city home for a variety of reasons. With numerous projects (such as Brookfield Place, Perth Arena and Fiona Stanley Hospital) already complete, and a number still in progress (Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium and Perth City Link just to name a few), we’ve had our fair share of cranes, construction sites and traffic detours. But it’s all part of the bigger picture to put Perth on the map and help it evolve into an exciting, thriving, sustainable metropolis.

One of the key players in making this happen is Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, who kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few quick questions on this topic, exclusively for Tweet Perth:

From: (Source: News Corp Australia) (News Corp Australia)

Describe present-day Perth in 3 words.
Growing, exciting and vibrant


Would you say Perth’s transformation could be seen as a “coming of age” of sorts, and if so, what do you believe are the primary drivers of this?

Very much so. We have discovered our sense of self in the past 8 years and
know how important sense of place and growth with good planning and
strategy really is.

Author’s own photo

How important do you think initiatives such as the “City of Perth: Get
to know me” advertising campaign, social media, and websites like Tweet
Perth are in promoting Perth, both to locals and visitors?
They are vital as still many people stay local to where they live and / or
work and do not “Get to know” their City like everyone did years ago when
it was the key place of recreation and work.  The City has changed for the
better and people need to be engaged and discover it all over again.

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You travel a lot. How do you think Perth compares with similar-sized
cities around the world in terms of lifestyle, culture and infrastructure?
Are there some areas we can improve on here?
I think we are world leading in that we have the best of everything.  The
one thing that disappoints me is the vandalism and graffiti when I see it,
as that is less obvious in many world cities, particularly throughout Asia.

Kings Park
Author’s own photo

You’ve been one of the motivating forces in helping Perth gradually shed its “Dullsville” tag, and the new developments and projects around town are

clear to see. What is your vision for the ever changing face of Perth over
the next decade?
My vision is ever evolving like our city.  I find through my growing
networks and the connections I forge in my role and during travels on
business there are so many more things to be done.  Now we are soon to see
the long awaited capital city legislation passed through Parliament, we will
be able to truly advocate strongly for our medical research, science and
education sectors which will enhance our city even more in years to come.

Describe the Perth of 2030 in 3 words.
Cosmopolitan, dynamic and confident

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