Beginning of the end

Artists impression of the Kaal yimniny public space.

CONSTRUCTION is due to start on Perth’s east end revitalisation project.

The works bring Hay Street down to 20kmh for a “pedestrian priority zone” around Pier and Irwin Streets, with trees, street furniture, wide footpaths and a new public space going in named Kaal yimniny, Noongar for “fire here”.

Council house’s lights, usually used to support charitable causes, will display #EER between June 9 and 13. 

It stands for “East End Revitalisation” and not a new obscure ailment.

The council’s anticipating some unhappy traders during the works, putting out a 12-page “business continuity guide” suggesting they “stay positive” and market their services to construction workers if their usual customer base dips during the disruption. 

The council is aiming to get the bulk of the disruptive work done while things are quiet, but some works will continue through to 2021.

Chair commissioner Andrew Hammond says it’ll be worth it once it’s done with the more inviting surrounds encouraging people to stay longer and support businesses.

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