TWO years in the making, North Perth Common is up and running.
Locals headed to the new public space on Saturday to celebrate, with its centrepiece lighting switched on by City of Vincent mayor Emma Cole and Perth MLA John Carey at sunset.
The project was led by the City and was a key election commitment from Mr Carey, with $250,000 – just over a third of the total cost – contributed by the state government.
“These reasonably small projects can go a long way towards making neighbourhood strips more attractive places for people to be, which is great for local businesses,” he said.
Planning minister Rita Saffioti said having a distinct square in the main street gave communities another drawcard.
“We know the Fitzgerald Street and Angove Street strips have a lot to offer, and North Perth Common will complement the great businesses already in the area,” she said.
The pedestrian and bike friendly zone at North Perth Common can be adapted for community events and markets, and is part of a larger initiative to create more pedestrian links in North Perth.