Foreshore freshener

People with a plan: Tullio Crisa (Crussos Hair Design), Sue Doherty (South Perth Mayor), Jane Crossley (Boardwalk Gifts on Mends), Cliff Frewing (City of South Perth chief executive) and Peter Agostino (Gelare Ice Cream Cafe). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d425955
People with a plan: Tullio Crisa (Crussos Hair Design), Sue Doherty (South Perth Mayor), Jane Crossley (Boardwalk Gifts on Mends), Cliff Frewing (City of South Perth chief executive) and Peter Agostino (Gelare Ice Cream Cafe). Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d425955

The plan, which was made available on the South Perth website recently, will be presented for adoption at the September council meeting.

It identifies the most appropriate combination of uses for the South Perth Foreshore and will guide the management of the foreshore into the future.

It includes the improvement of public infrastructure, recreation and tourism experiences, as well as environmental values and management.

The plan prioritises the 10 nodes of the foreshore and lists strategies for its future.

Mr Agostino, who has owned Gelare on Mends Street for six years, said part of the revitalisation could include introducing food vendors or food vans to the foreshore, which may affect already existing owners.

‘Mends Street has lost its vibrancy and nightlife and this plan could bring it back,’ he said. ‘This is one of the best streets in WA and after Kings Park it should be the next most visited place.’

New business owner Jane Crossley opened her store Boardwalk Gifts on Mends only last week and said the area was not used to its best potential. ‘It (Mends Street) is a bit stale, but I am looking forward to the area growing.’

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the first priority in rolling out this plan was the Mends Street Piazza and Promenade, with the revitalisation of the identified node.

‘Along with the construction of a promenade along the river walls, the revitalisation of this area is long overdue. It is an important component in preparing the foreshore for the Elizabeth Quay development and the ferry and pedestrian traffic following its completion,’ she said.