HIGHGATE and Leederville have been lavished with upgrades, but dowdy North Perth is still in need of a little love, and Labor’s candidate for Perth John Carey is now pledging $250,000 for a new town square if his party’s elected.
Labor would match $250,000 with Vincent council to create a public town square.
Mr Carey says “the reason why the state government is getting involved is because the Liberal state government promised Max Light Rail [running through Fitzgerald Street]. And as a result of that, planning to renew the North Perth town centre was put on hold.
“But the ‘fully costed, fully funded’ plan was put on hold and the community was left waiting.
“I get feedback from the community: It has felt like North Perth has been the poor cousin because they’ve been waiting. This is a significant election commitment to renew North Perth and give it the physical heart that it has as a community. It needs a green space where people can sit and read and rest.
He says the final location and details have to be up to the community but the corner of View and Fitzgerald Street is one option, or Wasley Street could be closed off.
Ida Smithwick is the chair of North Perth Local community association and says while it’s too early to say what the upgrade will involve, it could be “brilliant” for the area.
“Locals could sit there and residents could meet there and bring their children down,” Ms Smithwick said.
“If you walk around the shopping centre you often see a lot of the old Italian men sitting around having a coffee and talking for hours, and you see them in Hyde Park, so it would be great to have something like that in the town centre.”
Ms Smithwick says she’s already had discussions with Vincent council about the plan and a pop-up cafe had been floated.
by DAVID BELL and STEVE GRANT