North Perth: Construction on new Common meeting space gets underway

North Perth Local vice chair Andrew Ryan, Vincent mayor Emma Cole, Perth MLA John Carey, North Perth Local chair Ida Smithwick, Vincent design review panel member Munira Mackay.
North Perth Local vice chair Andrew Ryan, Vincent mayor Emma Cole, Perth MLA John Carey, North Perth Local chair Ida Smithwick, Vincent design review panel member Munira Mackay.

CONSTRUCTION will begin on a new hub for North Perth next week.

City of Vincent mayor Emma Cole said the North Perth Common location on the corner of Fitzgerald and View Streets was set to become an iconic meeting place.

“With more trees, seating, a dramatic artwork and space to hold events, it will bring people to North Perth and give a great boost to our local businesses,” she said.

“A striking circular lighting installation will feature overhead and provide light to the area, and project images and video into the space after dark.”

The Common is the City’s major open space initiative for 2019, with $741,000 budgeted for the project including a $250,000 contribution from the State Government.

Perth MLA John Carey said making spaces more pedestrian-friendly had been proven to support local businesses around the world.

“For me, this is all about giving heart and soul to North Perth,” he said.

North Perth Local chairperson Ida Smithwick said the Common would be somewhere for locals to meet.

“People can get to know it and do things here,” she said.

Munira Mackay, part of the North Perth Common working group and Vincent’s design review panel, said the Common would be a step to encouraging further investment in the town centre.

“It’s happened quickly, all things considered – there’s been a good process involving the community and deciding on the location of the square,” she said.

A short stretch of View Street will be closed to traffic from Monday until May: there will be no vehicle access from the corner of View Street carpark to Fitzgerald Street.

The North Perth Common project is planned for completion in June/July 2019.