City of Canning wants more art to attract people and business

City of Canning wants more art to attract people and business

PUBLIC art may soon adorn walls and open spaces in Canning to attract more people and businesses.

Councillors voted at a recent City of Canning council meeting for staff to prepare a report on developer-funded public art within the local area.

Councillor Pauline Tarrant said public art could help attract and retain new industries to the City.

She said the City had some of the highest industrial vacancy rates in Perth.

“Public art has already been used around the world to encourage investment and visits into industrial areas and is an element sought out by emerging technology companies,” she said.

“The industrial zones within the City have been driven by traditional manufacturing, which has been in decline for over a decade.

“The creation of a good first impression for business visitors and an attractive environment for employees to work is needed.”

She said the City needed to address the mix of businesses.

“Creating a professional attractive industrial zone is essential in Canning, not just due to the scale of the industrial areas but also in recognition of our multicultural community,” Cr Tarrant said.

Cr Tarrant said the community’s global contacts had the potential to “kick start” the regional economy.

The report, due in July, will assess whether a developer contribution equal to 1 per cent of the development value should be implemented to fund public art.

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