The WA Government has released design plans for the redevelopment of Perth Waterfront, together with a commitment for project funding in this year’s State Budget and confirmation that earthworks will start in early 2012.


Construction is expected to take about 30 months with the project due to be completed in mid-2014.


Premier Colin Barnett said Cabinet had approved $270 million funding for the Perth Waterfront Project in the 2011-12 State Budget. He said preparation of the site will begin immediately after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October this year which will pave the way for major earthworks in early 2012.


The State Cabinet decision follows the completion of Phase Two planning, design and site investigation works for the project, undertaken by the Department of Planning. 


 “The ‘Waterfront Promenade’ is the main feature of the project. It covers 1.5 hectares and links up with ‘The Island’, a recreation area, by a pedestrian and cycle bridge.  


Cafes, bars and restaurants will open out to the waterfront from surrounding buildings. The public will have access to the water from The Landing on the northern edge of the inlet or the ‘The Jetty’ with short term mooring.


The Indigenous Cultural Centre will be located across the water at the southern end of William Street and is planned to be a nationally significant centre for indigenous culture, art and learning. The timing and budget for this will be set as the major construction of the waterfront nears completion.


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