Yagan Square: a celebration of culture


Yagan Square view south showing William Street Mall, markets and digital tower

The plans for Yagan Square followed extensive community and stakeholder engagement undertaken in the early stages of the project.

More than 2,000 responses were received from the public through an online tool, City Square Ideas, which showed community support for attractions including markets, native landscaping, seating, shade, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Engagement with the traditional owners through the Whadjuk Working Party and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council influenced various design elements within Yagan Square. A strong Aboriginal narrative runs through the square which encompasses stories from the Whadjuk people exploring themes of place, people, animals, birds and landscape (find out more).

A number of public artists were also incorporated into the design team, including WA artist Jon Tarry who has developed a water feature that runs through the square in a nod to the site’s past as a former lake system. An extensive range of public art will be delivered throughout the square – from video, digital art and sculpture, to pavement treatments, projections and Aboriginal art. 

Yagan Square will commence construction in mid-2015 and open to the public in early 2017.