Piazza to be constructed at Mends Street for Connect South

An artists impression of the Piazza that will take shape near Mends Street jetty.
An artists impression of the Piazza that will take shape near Mends Street jetty.

A PIAZZA at the Mends Street jetty is planned to be finished by November as part of a $7.5 million project to beautify the ‘gateway’ to South Perth.

Construction for the piazza on Mends Street Foreshore and minor improvements to the northern area of Mends Street will start early next month.

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the Mends Street area has become the ‘poor cousin’ of Elizabeth Quay.

“When you look over at Elizabeth Quay or ‘Betty’s Jetty’ and compare it to here, Mends Street jetty needs to be replaced,” she said.

“This will be a gateway to the city.”

Stage one of the Connect South project received $2.5 million from Federal Government National Stronger Regions funding and $5 million from City of South Perth.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said the Federal Government supported this project because of the tourism aspect and facilities.

“This is one of the few areas preserving the foreshore,” he said.

“Other capital cities around Australia don’t have this, this is unique.”

South Perth chief executive Geoff Glass, Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert, Councillor Cheryle Irons, Swan MHR Steve Irons and Mayor Sue Doherty at Mends Street

Stage one construction works will include more seating areas, new accessible parking bays and increased, artistic protection from the elements.

“Greater shade and weather protection will be provided by two eye-catching sculptural canopies based on the frilled neck lizard and numbat,” Ms Doherty said.

“These are a reference to the City’s close relationship and long history with Perth Zoo.”