Perth, a city abundant with resources and boasting pristine coastlines, has the potential to become the world’s most liveable city for all the right reasons.
Imagine a place where residents enjoy optimal health, well-resourced health, aged and child care services, short wait times for medical attention, including (ramping) by ambulances at hospitals, and a safe environment. A city that not only focuses on economic prosperity but also ensures holistic wellbeing, accessibility, and desirability for every individual, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Achieving this lofty goal requires a holistic and balanced approach that extends beyond individual initiatives or limited perspectives.
While Perth’s economy thrives, it is crucial to acknowledge that true liveability encompasses more than financial prosperity. A city cannot claim the title of the most liveable if its citizens face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare, suffer from overcrowded hospitals, or experience homelessness and crime in its core.
To address these issues, a comprehensive strategy is necessary, one that considers the wellbeing of the entire community, including parents, children, and individuals from all walks of life.
Any vision for Perth’s liveability must encompass the notion of holistic well-being. It is not enough to focus solely on initiatives like the “Thrive by Five” program, which concentrates on early childhood development. While such initiatives are commendable, they need to be part of a more comprehensive framework. To truly enable children to thrive, their parents, families, and the broader community must also experience holistic health and wellbeing.
This holistic approach recognises that wellbeing encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health, social connection, and a sense of purpose and belonging.
Perth needs a collective effort, involving government, businesses, community organisations, and individuals, to create an environment where everyone can thrive and flourish.
Emulating successful models like Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation’s initiatives, a think tank approach that brings together diverse perspectives can pave the way for envisioning a better future.
By combining expertise from various sectors, we can generate innovative ideas and strategies to address the complex challenges facing Perth.
Perth’s leaders must resist the temptation to focus solely on short-term gains, such as opening brand-name stores or pursuing isolated projects. Instead, they should adopt a balanced approach that ensures economic growth aligns with the wellbeing of the population and the preservation of the environment.
Sustainable development practices, investment in infrastructure that supports accessibility and connectivity, and prioritising the health and safety of citizens are all essential components of a comprehensive liveability strategy.
In conclusion, Perth has the potential to become the epitome of liveability, not just in terms of economic prosperity but also in terms of holistic wellbeing and accessibility for all its residents.
Achieving this vision requires a shift towards a comprehensive, balanced approach that considers the physical, mental, and emotional health of individuals, along with addressing societal issues like homelessness and crime.
By fostering collaboration and envisioning a future where everyone can thrive, Perth can pave the way as a model city, inspiring other communities around the world to prioritise the wellbeing of their citizens.
Myall Wellbeing deeply supports this vision; for Perth to become one of the world’s most liveable cities where all citizens have equal access not only to financial resources but also to the abundance of health and wellbeing solutions while living in peace, health, harmony and fulfilment.
Let’s join forces and make collaborative efforts to turn this vision into reality and inspire other cities to follow our footpaths.