Monday, 23rd October 2017
Premier Mark McGowan, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and Perth MLA John Carey were joined by City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole at the site - the first visit since the McGowan Labor Government confirmed funding for the project in the State Budget.
With the funding in place, community consultation has since been completed and the tender process for design, documentation and project management is currently underway.
The project will establish a vibrant public space at the corner of Fitzgerald and View streets, to encourage people to the area and attract more foot traffic to local businesses.
It will also provide the opportunity to attract more events to the area, following the lead of the Angove Street Festival.
A working group comprising Mr Carey, Mayor Cole and community group North Perth Local are spearheading the project.
The North Perth Common construction is expected to be completed during the 2018-19 financial year.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"This funding will create a beautifully designed urban space that people will want to visit - driving more foot traffic to local businesses.
"We want to build on the lively community that already exists in North Perth and ensure it continues to attract visitors and create more job prospects for the area."
Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
"We know well-managed and comfortable public squares draw people into the area and make them stick around, in turn providing a boost to local businesses and jobs.
"Congratulations to the working group who have committed their valuable time to progress the project to this stage. It's starting to take great shape and I look forward to watching it develop over the next few years."
Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey:
"Great cities around the world embrace the idea of a central public space as a meeting place for locals, a place for community and arts and to attract visitors to retail and café strips.
"This is a fantastic initiative which is all about drawing more people to the area, and encouraging them to shop and socialise locally, and in doing so, support local small business."
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