Unintended Socioeconomic Consequences of Reduced Supply of Active Open Spaces in the Perth Outer Metropolitan Growth Areas: A Review of Informing Literature

Research Report


Active Open Space


Professor Marian Tye, Assoc. Prof. Garry Middle, Dr Dianne Costello, Professor Dave Hedgcock



There is a critical urgency to proactively tackle the issue of unintended reduced supply of active playing fields in Perth’s outer metropolitan growth areas (OMGCs). This study supports the notable disparity between outer suburbs and established (middle and inner) suburbs in the supply of active open space, foreshadowing the potentially damaging impacts of this shortfall for socioeconomic growth, and individual and community wellbeing through a critical review of existing literature. It highlights the fruitful leadership opportunity for OMCGs to respond to this emerging crisis by engaging in collaborative, multi-stakeholder and holistic interventions, for both greenfield and infill areas.

Findings from this study have played an important role in the review of the government’s Outer Metropolitan Perth and Peel Sub-regional Strategy and its integral Directions 2031 planning vision. This research has informed the overall work of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in their pursuit of understanding and drawing attention to the inadequate provisions for public open space in their areas. Professor Marian Tye was the keynote speaker at the national launch of NGAA’s How Productive is Australia’s Urban Growth? Perth 2013.