Groundbreaking square

THE first sods will be turned on the North Perth Common town square this Monday (January 21).

It’s hoped the square, on the corner of Fitzgerald and View Streets, will become the “heart” of the North Perth strip and used by locals for events or just as a nice spot to hang out.

Fill the void

Vincent council contributed nearly $500,000 and the state government kicked in $250,000 to the project, and town team North Perth Local is involved in the working group.

NPL member Ida Smithwick says “it’s always been hard to find a place to go to meet” and the square will fill the void.

Vincent mayor Emma Cole says “North Perth Common will be an iconic meeting place. With more trees, seating, a dramatic artwork and space to hold events, it will bring people to North Perth and give a great boost to our local businesses.”

Ms Cole says the artwork is “central to its design: A striking circular lighting installation will feature overhead, and provide light to the area and project images and video into the space after dark”.

The lighting will react to people moving through the square and can be colour-themed for different events.

Other artwork includes 70 tiles with pictures of flora and fauna, created by kids from North Perth Primary School, which will brighten up the in-built seating.

There’ll be about 40 per cent more tree coverage, once the new trees mature (the strip could use some shade as we got sun burnt taking a photo on Tuesday).

Perth MP John Carey, whose office is just across the road, says “this is the delivery of a $250,000 election commitment. This is really about driving more foot traffic to the North Perth town centre. It’s proven that when you make retail and cafe strips more pedestrian friendly, it attracts more people and that’s good for small businesses”.

It’s estimated it will take 10 to 12 weeks to complete the Square.

The eastern snippet of View Street, from the car park to Fitzgerald Street, will be closed until May.

by DAVID BELL

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