About The Bigger Picture

There’s a lot going on around Perth, with new infrastructure projects planned or already taking shape right across the metropolitan area.

These developments are designed to meet our growing needs, building our capacity to handle a projected population increase of more than 500,000 people by 2031.

Collectively, they are part of a plan to transform Perth into a more vibrant, connected city. This involves a massive infrastructure program, the likes of which Perth hasn’t seen since the second half of the 20th century when the greater Perth region grew from 66 square kilometres to 630 square kilometres.

At the heart of the program is the opening up of Perth with the removal of barriers that have, for many years, separated our city centre from its river and its cultural and entertainment heart of Northbridge. Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River will effectively create another city block, providing new spaces for a city centre nearing capacity, while the new Perth Stadium on the Burswood Peninsula will be a draw to extend city growth further to the east.

At the same time, congestion will be eased by decentralising some services and infrastructure, such as the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, located nearer to population growth centres in Perth’s southern suburbs, while the Gateway WA project will enable more efficient movement of freight and passengers around Perth’s airport. This site brings all of these projects and more together, providing information about the individual projects, their status and impacts – during and after construction – in one convenient location.  If you want more information about any of the projects, you can follow links through to the relevant project and government department websites.

Inevitably works of this scale bring changes and some disruptions. You will find up-to-date information about Perth traffic, supplied by Main Roads WA on the interactive traffic map, so you can plan your journey before you leave.

Who is involved

This website provides information from a range of Western Australian State Government agencies, including: 

  • Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority
  • The Transport Portfolio – the Department of Transport, Main Roads  and the Public Transport Authority
  • Strategic Projects
  • Department of Planning
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Sport and Recreation
  • WA Museum
  • Department of Finance
  • Landgate
  • Tourism Western Australia


  • Correcting the 1881 separation of the city and Northbridge
  • Reconnecting the city with its natural, social and cultural assets
  • Providing new hospitals and more transport options
  • Enabling more investment and growth opportunities
  • Creating a more open and accessible Perth

2031 and beyond

Directions 2031 and Beyond is the Western Australian State Government’s capital city strategic plan, guiding change and the growth of the city over coming decades.

It is a vision for a connected, liveable city that is sustainable, vibrant and prosperous with unique characteristics. The plan addresses the challenge of providing jobs, housing, infrastructure and services for a projected doubling of the population to 3.5 million people in the future. Read More

The CBD transport plan

The CBD Transport Plan will deliver an integrated and sustainable transport system that can accommodate and complement the major city development projects and a growing population. Among the many initiatives is the addition of a third lane to the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel, extra lane capacity on the Mitchell Freeway, more dedicated bus, taxi and cyclist lanes, the introduction of Active Traffic Management and expanding the CAT network. Read More