THE east-end of Perth’s CBD has received a boost with a $250,000 grant awarded to the Historic Heart of Perth association.
The non-profit group got the State Government grant to “beautify and revitalise” the eastern CBD.
Premier Colin Barnett said the association chaired by Western Australian of the Year Adrian Fini aimed to “improve the vibrancy of the eastern CBD through landscaping, public art and improved lighting”.
Mr Fini said the aim of Historic Heart was to bring together the history of the urban environment and the community.
“A city is not just about buildings but about people and their experiences within it,” he said.
“While we acknowledge that the task will not be easy, the reinvention of Perth’s west end with projects including Perth City Link and Yagan Square and the extraordinary transformation of the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge are inspirational benchmarks.”
The $250,000 will make up part of an overall project budget of $2.1 million, which also includes the provision of social services – such as chaplains and outreach workers – to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.
Mr Barnett said the Government’s contribution would support signage, lighting and CCTV for six laneways, and a range of landscaping equipment including planter boxes, alfresco areas and bike racks.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the Historic Heart of Perth broadly spanned from Barrack Street in the west to the Perth Mint in the east, and from St Georges Terrace in the south to Wellington Street in the north.