Healthy crowd at Common launch

• A couple of hundred people took the opportunity to check out the new North Perth Common during its opening at the weekend.

FIVE months since ground was broken, North Perth Common was opened to a healthy crowd last Friday (June 14).

For years local traders have complained that Fitzgerald Street has no pedestrian-friendly places.

Vincent mayor Emma Cole said the location and key elements were chosen by the community.

“We asked where should we create this heart of North Perth? And what do you want to see in this space? Our community asked for the Common to be on View Street, for it to be lit up at night, to be a shady place to sit and meet, a fun space for events with public art, and a focus on people not cars,’ she says.

• •Mayor Emma Cole with Samuel Pilot-Kickett conducting a smoking ceremony.

“Our aim with North Perth Common was to create a new heart for the North Perth town centre–a meeting place that is iconic, flexible, inclusive and fun.

“I hope this opening event is the first of many in our newest public open space.”

State Perth MP John Carey’s office is across the road, and he said it was “brilliant to see the large local community turn out for North Perth Common.

“It drowns out a few naysayers on social media who want us to do nothing for our town centres”.

The new square cost council $741,000, with the state government chipping in $250,000.


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