5 December 2012

Perth people to make their mark on new City Square

  • Yagan Square

The State Government today launched an online interactive tool allowing the community to share their vision for the flagship public space within the Perth City Link project, the new City Square.

Premier Colin Barnett said City Square would be located within the ‘arms’ of the Horseshoe Bridge and was set to become one of Perth’s top public destinations.

“City Square will be a multi-functional space bordered by restaurants, cafes, small bars and shops and have the capacity to accommodate 6,000 people for major events, as well as more intimate gatherings,” Mr Barnett said.

“The new town square will be twice the size of Forrest Place and 25 per cent bigger than the main open space area at Federation Square in Melbourne. It will be a major transit hub with links to the new underground bus station, Perth Central Train Station and the planned future light rail service.”

Planning Minister John Day said a new online tool would allow people to create their own virtual City Square by placing key attractions such as retail, food and beverage outlets, entertainment and other key features or amenities in the space.

“The Government is asking the people of Perth to have their say and share their ideas for City Square,” Mr Day said.

“We want to hear from city workers, residents, visitors and the wider community about how they want the area to look and feel, as well as what they would like to see and do there.

“This is a chance for people to be creative and play a role in planning Perth’s new square.”

Ideas submitted through the tool will be considered by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority as part of plans for the future development of City Square.

Perth City Link is a major part of the revitalisation of Perth and will reconnect the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years. Together with Elizabeth Quay and Riverside, the project will create new places to meet, shop, dine, work and live in the city.

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