Planning the West: One hundred years of planning in Western Australia

David Hedgcock, Oren Yiftachel

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This paper charts, explains and evaluates the development of urban and regional planning in Western Australia during the last hundred years. Four main historical stages are identified: professional pioneering (1892-1951); professional strength and public consensus (1951-68); professional strength without public consensus (1969-82); and challenges to planning (1983-92). Special emphasis is given to the main planning personalities, events, legislations and policy documents which highlight each period, and to their relation to the broader social and economic development of Western Australia. In overview, six main features stand out as characteristic of the development planning in the West: pioneering heroism, professionalization, economic facilitation, politicization, fragmentation, responsiveness and decline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-319
Number of pages23
JournalPlanning Perspectives
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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