Labor promises $100,000 to bring new life to CBD

State Perth MP John Carey, Happy, Healthy Hoops founder/small business owner Bree Kirk-Bunnard, Activate Perth chair Di Bain, Perth MP Patrick Gorman. Picture: Supplied.
State Perth MP John Carey, Happy, Healthy Hoops founder/small business owner Bree Kirk-Bunnard, Activate Perth chair Di Bain, Perth MP Patrick Gorman. Picture: Supplied.

ACTIVATE Perth has been promised $100,000 from Labor if the party wins the Federal Election.

The not-for-profit organisation runs a Fill This Space program, providing local creatives and start-ups with access to short-term, rent-free spaces that would otherwise be empty.

Perth MHR Patrick Gorman said Perth had the highest commercial vacancy rate of any capital in the nation and providing a boost to Activate Perth would offer a variety of benefits for the community.

“This partnership will revitalise our CBD, engage small business and foster community connections across Perth,” he said.

“Working with Activate Perth, who have been leaders in engaging and innovating our inner Perth community, is an important step towards building a world-class city and putting WA back on top.”

Activate Perth chairwoman Di Bain said the group was thrilled with the pledge.

“We’ve been working as volunteers tirelessly for over a year,” she said.

“We’re hopefully going to see some amazing results.”

Along with the Fill This Space program, the group launched its Activated ArtWalk last year, with flying teapots, robots and monsters springing to life with an augmented reality app.

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