The Government of Western Australia

Barrack Square transformation gets green light

28 March 2012

NEW visitor attractions, events and improved public amenities are all part of a plan by the State Government to upgrade Barrack Square - a key part of the $2.6billion  Perth Waterfront project.

Planning Minister John Day said by using the same kind of ‘place planning’ approach that has brought the Perth Cultural Centre to life, Barrack Square could become a more lively, vibrant and popular destination and a major visitor drawcard.

“Planning is under way to transform Barrack Square into a place where inner-city residents, tourists and city workers can meet, enjoy a day out with the family or experience a range of exciting new events,” Mr Day said.

“The new Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority is working with traders, ferry operators and expert consultants to identify potential improvements for the public areas, establish new events and activities and develop retail and marketing strategies to complement existing attractions such as the Bell Tower.”

The Minister said place planning was a collaborative process and mainly based on consultation with users of the space and visitors to the area.

“To help inform the planning process, visitors to Barrack Square have been surveyed to find out how they use the space, what they like and dislike about the area and their thoughts on how it could be improved,” he said.

“Results from those surveys will guide future improvements in the area which could include additional retail outlets, landscaping, play equipment and a BBQ area.

“A draft plan is expected to be completed in May with works to deliver the improvements starting later this year; the first stage is planned to be completed in time for the 2012-13 summer season.

"With the Perth City Link, Riverside and the revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre, Perth Waterfront, will create a network of new inner-city destinations that offer a range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, at all times of the year.”

Fact File

  • Perth Waterfront will reconnect the Swan River to the CBD, create a world-class precinct and help to transform a growing city.
  • Capacity to host 15,000 to 20,000 people during major events.
  • More than four million visitors are expected to visit Perth Waterfront each year.
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