Kwinana, Australia, Australia
Year1953latitude: -32° 14'
longitude: 115° 48'
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)Margaret Feilman
Design organizationPublic Housing Authority
Inhabitants26,000 (2008)
Target population40,000
Town website
Town related links⊂_menu_id=4 es/Proceedings/Proceeding
Literature- Russell, Laurie, Kwinana Third Time Lucky, 1979

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
The Town of Kwinana was planned in the early 1950's by the State Government to accommodate the development of industry in the area. The first suburb to be created, Medina was opened up as a state housing area, and predominantly the families that moved there were newly arrived migrants of Anglo Celtic descent.
The residential neighbourhoods in the main townsite of Kwinana were named after the early sailing ships which brought settlers and others to Western Australia in the early 1800's, such as Medina, Calista, and Parmelia.


At the beginning of the 1990's the Town of Kwinana had become a dysfunctional suburb of some 5,500 residents with one of the highest rates of crime in the country, high unemployment and low retention rates in schools.
In 1993 a decision was made by the State Housing Commission and the Government to take major initiatives, known as the 'New Living Initiatives' to address these social results. The essence of the New Living Initiatives is that they are a public-private sector joint venture. On this occasion the policy decision of the State Government to use a project management team from the private sector was based on the belief that it was essential that there be a public perception of privatisation of the town.


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