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Year 12 Exploration of Metropolitan Areas

On the day, the Year 12 students had the opportunity to discover some historical gems hidden from the common eye.

The Geography ATAR Unit 4 requires students to use fieldwork to investigate the challenges faced and management strategies for planning sustainable living spaces in metropolitan regions. On Wednesday 14 September, the Year 12 ATAR Geography students had an adventurous fieldwork day around Perth Metropolitan.

The undaunting adventurers began their day at the Town of Victoria Park Offices. The Town Manager for Development Services, Mr Robert Cruickshank, spoke to the students about the challenges faced by the Town of Victoria Park in the planning and developing of sustainable living spaces. Students proceeded to Elizabeth Quay, where they assessed the planning and the characteristics of Elizabeth Quay as a Special Purpose Zone.

After a short break, the students were keen to dissect the CBD in search of evidence for pedestrian-oriented planning, inertia, vertical zonation, horizontal zonation, urban renewal, land-use competition, transport node, and other cultural features that make Perth CBD a dynamic zone.

Along the way, Mr Carter showed the students some historical gems hidden from the common eye. The students went on to explore Inner Mixed Zone functions in Northbridge. They witnessed a zone in transition, elements of encroachment and a feel of being in the entertainment and retail precinct. Tracking southeast towards the City of Gosnells, students drove past Claisebrook Cove, identifying land uses, house types, gentrification, and elements of infilling.

The day ended at the City of Gosnells, where the Manager for Development Services, Mr Andrew Lefort, discussed the challenges faced by the City of Gosnells in the planning and development of sustainable living places.

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