DETAILED design plans for the much anticipated redevelopment of Perth Waterfront were released today, alongside a commitment for project funding in this year’s State Budget and confirmation that earthworks will start in early 2012.
Construction is expected to take about 30 months with the project due to be completed in mid-2014.
Premier Colin Barnett said Cabinet had approved $270million funding for the Perth Waterfront Project in the 2011-12 State Budget.
“Preparation of the site will begin immediately after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October this year which will pave the way for major earthworks for the exciting redevelopment of Perth Waterfront in early 2012,” he said.
“This is a significant milestone for the project and a tangible step towards its delivery.
“The new waterfront will ensure Perth remains a contemporary, liveable and globally competitive city.”
The State Cabinet decision follows the completion of Phase Two planning, design and site investigation works for the project, undertaken by the Department of Planning.
Planning Minister John Day was pleased to release details and design features of the project.
“Our priority is to focus on delivering the fundamental infrastructure on which these amazing buildings will be constructed, including the inlet, the parks and public spaces, and the roads and services,” Mr Day said.
“The ‘Waterfront Promenade’ is the main feature of the project. It covers 1.5 hectares and links up with ‘The Island’.
“‘The Island’ is designed to be a relaxed place for children and adults and is connected to the ‘Waterfront Promenade’ by a sculptural pedestrian and cycle bridge.
“Station Park is the gateway to the new waterfront. The park will be filled with trees and native plants and includes a water feature.
“Cafes, bars and restaurants will open out to the waterfront from surrounding buildings. People will have access to the water from The Landing on the northern edge of the inlet or the ‘The Jetty’ with short term mooring.
“The Indigenous Cultural Centre will be situated over the water at the southern end of William Street and is planned to be a nationally significant centre for indigenous culture, art and learning. The timing and budget for this will be set as the major construction of the waterfront nears completion.
“Once completed, Perth Waterfront will be an exciting new city destination with direct and uninterrupted connection to the Swan River.”
The waterfront project will reflect more closely the Swan River’s original shoreline.
The Premier's media statement is also available on the Ministerial Media Statements website.