Perth City Summit: cable cars, cultural hubs and free parking some of the ideas to be discussed at gathering

Picture: Jon Hewson
Picture: Jon Hewson

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HEIRISSON Island an indigenous cultural hub, a cable car transporting tourists from Kings Park to Elizabeth Quay, and free city parking on weekends could be a reality if they get enough votes at today’s Perth City Summit.

The top 35 ideas for action to improve Perth as nominated by more than 2000 summit workshop and survey participants have just been revealed.

The summit, spearheaded by Perth MLA John Carey, kicked off at 9am this morning with more than 350 in attendance to vote on a plan of action for the city’s future.

More than 270 attended three workshops in June in West Perth, East Perth and Northbridge/CBD, more than 1000 people responded to the online survey and more than 4500 social media comments to give feedback about the state of the CBD and what needs to be improved.

The 35 ideas for action come under eight themes including recognising indigenous culture, improving public transport, improving safety, supporting small business and more affordable parking.

One suggestion was to partner with Noongar people to recognise indigenous culture and history in the city, and consult with them to revitalise Heirisson Island as an indigenous cultural hub.

There are eight suggestions for adding vibrancy to the city including the cable car, establishing a Night Mayor to drive night time economy, life and safety, and ensuring a full year-long events and activation plan across all city precincts.

Six ideas have been put forward for how to draw more people into the city to live and eight for improving public transport, walkability and cycling in the city.

With high vacancy rates in the city raised as an issue, ideas to combat it included deregulating trading hours, abolishing alfresco dining, and street activation fees cutting red tape for pop-events.

Summit attendees will also vote on how to address homelessness and making the city safer.

The 35 ideas will today be whittled down to the top 10 by the end of the summit.

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