Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day
Perth Cultural Centre Transformation Unveiled
Victor P Taffa
The completion of short-term revitalisation works in the Perth Cultural Centre was unveiled today at a community planting day in an innovative new urban orchard, located opposite the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Planning Minister John Day joined community groups, schools and arts and cultural organisations to put the finishing touches on the new and improved public space in the heart of the city.
“The State Government, through East Perth Redevelopment Authority, has invested $11 Million into the Perth Cultural Centre precinct, including William Street, to make the area safer, livelier and more appealing for the community and visitors to the city.” Mr. Day said.
“This project has been driven by the principles of ‘place making’, turning a space into a place, and planning for people.”
“We can now celebrate the great outcomes of this first phase of transformation in the cultural centre into an attractive and functional public space.”
“With the short and long-term improvements to the cultural centre, the redevelopment of the Perth Waterfront and the Perth City Link project, the Liberal-National Government is demonstrating commitment to action, and working hard to make Perth a more modern, liveable and vibrant city.”
The place activation program at the Perth Cultural Centre included:
- Improved lighting and increased security presence;
- Sustainable and functional landscaping;
- Creation of an urban orchard and native wetlands;
- Aesthetic improvements and furniture;
- Measures to encourage more community initiatives and events;
- Restorative works to 11 heritage buildings on William Street combined with a targeted leasing program.
The Minister said the urban orchard and native wetlands would be used as an outdoor classroom and community garden.
“Today we are planting about 2,000 vegetables, fruit trees and herbs in the urban orchard, which will be maintained and harvested by community groups such as City Farm.”
“The wetland features a stage for outdoor performances and contains flora and fauna, which was native to the area prior to development and will be monitored by school groups and the WA Museum’s Frog Watch program.” the Minister said.
“This once under-utilised public space connecting the city to Northbridge and housing the State’s key cultural institutions is now a destination for large-scale events, as well as an enjoyable place to spend time with family and friends.”
The restoration of 11 heritage properties on William Street is almost complete and will soon host some of Perth’s best restaurants, retail and creative industries.
The State Government has also directed significant funds to the cultural institutions in the precinct, including $8 Million for the demolition of the unsightly Francis Street Museum Building and $10 Million for restoration of the Art Gallery of Western Australia facade.
“The revitalised William Street and Perth Cultural Centre will attract more people to Northbridge, creating a more vibrant and dynamic place for the community and visitors to Perth.” Mr. Day said.
“Once completed, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia as well as the nearby Central Institute of Technology will also increase visitation and add to the vibrancy of the area.” Mr. Day said.