Historic Heart of Perth to get busy spruicing up the city

Sandy Anghie is from Historic Heart of Perth. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Sandy Anghie is from Historic Heart of Perth. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

AFTER freshening up Perth’s east end with decorated planter boxes, Historic Heart of Perth is keen to create community events and activations.

Since it was set up two years ago by Adrian Fini, the group has collaborated with local artists to paint the boxes and Green World Revolution to maintain them, employing two long term unemployed people to water and clean the boxes.

Historic Heart of Perth project manager Sandy Anghie said the space from Barrack Street to Hill Street could still do with some more activation.

“We have been liaising with the Town Team in the last year working on creating a committee and we have been informally meeting with small business owners and residents,” she said.

“Now we are turning our focus to events and activations.”

The two-day Town Team Conference on September 14 and 15 will explore ideas and opportunities for building more socially connected and vibrant town centres.

Town Team Movement CEO Dean Cracknell said that the conference would include some of the best thinkers and ‘doers’ in Australia.

“These speakers will provide ideas and practical tips on how to create positive change in local communities,” he said.

“We’ll also be showcasing the ‘town team’ model and the amazing work of local town teams.”

The program will include keynote speakers such as Collective IQ director Dr Gaye Mackenzie,

Renew Australia founder Marcus Westbury and Co-Design Studio chief executive Valli Morphett.

The conference will be held on September 14 and 15 in a number of warehouse-style venues in the emerging West End Arts Precinct, between Newcastle Street and the Graham Farmer Freeway in West Perth.

Tickets can be purchased at www.tinyurl.com/TTMConf.