A Perth urban think tank has thrown the Barnett Government's $440 million Elizabeth Quay development into the election fray with a report describing the project as fundamentally flawed.
CityVision's "citizens' inquiry", released today, was prepared by retired Federal Court judge-turned lecturer Robert Nicholson, historian Geoffrey Bolton and Associate Professor of Architecture David Standen, and based on the views of 12 planning experts.
The experts, many linked to project opponent the City Gatekeepers, take aim at the impact on congestion - a key election issue - of closing Riverside Drive.
The report also found there would be "no net economic benefit to the public" from the project.
It said Heritage Council approval processes appeared to be compromised when its advice was ignored and described the planning process as deeply flawed.