Switched on Anghie lights up laneways

AT the December 15 meeting councillors approved a $280,000 “Light it Up” program suggested by deputy lord mayor Sandy Anghie.

It will see local artists installing seven permanent lighting projects across various neighbourhoods. 

Cr Anghie said many residents felt the city was unsafe after dark and part of the problem was a lack of well-lit spaces, especially its shadowy laneways. 

Cr Anghie said laneways are the city’s point of difference compared to suburban shopping malls and new suburban developments.

Lighting them would bolster the safe feel and draw people into the city at night, she said.

Council staff like the idea and will present designs to councillors before the June 2021 council meeting.

Councillors also endorsed Cr Anghie’s idea for a “Perth City kids app,” which maps out four or five walking trails and would give information on topics like Aboriginal culture, historic buildings, public art, gardens and Christmas lights. 

It’s estimated to cost about $80,000 if they have to build the app, or they could save money by using an out-of-the-box template. 

By DAVID BELL

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