Foreshore future drafted

City of South Perth may discontinue its free first hour parking initiative.
City of South Perth may discontinue its free first hour parking initiative.

It will be presented at tonight’s council meeting and if council endorses it, six weeks of formal community consultation will take place.

The draft identifies key considerations that are relevant to the whole foreshore.

They include transport, infrastructure, activation, culture, environment and heritage and identifies nodes along the foreshore.

‘As the foreshore covers a large area, a number of nodes have been identified,’ Mayor Sue Doherty said.

‘The nodes are walking distance apart, and aim to create a well-planned and connected network of spaces and destinations.

‘Destinations along the foreshore, for example Mends Street Beach, Coode Street Beaches, Mends Street and Ellam Street plus more have been identified as nodes to create destinations providing interest, amenity, comfort and connectivity to the greater South Perth.’

She said the City was encouraging everyone to get involved in the upcoming consultation stage, as it was a vital part of creating a revitalised foreshore.

‘It is important for the City to hear from the many users of the South Perth Foreshore, including park visitors, local businesses, tourists, residents, ratepayers, cyclists and community groups,’ she said.

‘There will be many opportunities for people to respond to the draft document.

‘The City wants to offer alternative ways for people to provide input to ensure the final plan reflects the diversity of our community.’

In March, the Gazette reported that only 377 South Perth residents submitted a comment for the South Perth Foreshore Vision Project’s idea-gathering stage.

In addition to comments from stakeholders, South Perth identified 884 individual suggestions.

If endorsed tonight, formal community consultation will give residents another opportunity to have their say.