- Blessing of State buildings salutes historic WA landmark
- Treasury Hotel Perth's latest visitor destination
Today's blessing of the State buildings - formerly the Old Treasury Buildings - heralds a new era for the historic precinct where the Swan River Colony was founded, and paves the way for the imminent opening of Perth's latest hospitality destination.
Noongar elder Dr Richard Walley OAM joined Anglican Bishop of Perth The Most Reverend Roger Herft AM and The Dean of Perth The Very Reverend Richard Pengelley to bless the 140-year-old buildings in the Aboriginal and Christian traditions.
Finance Minister Bill Marmion, Heritage Minister Albert Jacob and Tourism Minister Kim Hames paid tribute to the vision that has seen the Old Treasury Buildings transformed into the 48-room COMO The Treasury hotel, as part of the $700 million Cathedral Square redevelopment.
"I am proud to have been personally involved, as the Liberal National Government laid the groundwork for the stunning transformation of these buildings and isurroundings, after this area had stagnated for decades," Mr Marmion said.
"The rejuvenation has also been great for the economy, with more than 1,500 people employed on the overall Cathedral Square project."
Mr Jacob said it was important for present and future generations to appreciate its significance.
"What we have now here is living heritage," he said. "This was the place where Helen Dance chopped the first tree, as Governor James Stirling founded the Swan River Colony in 1829.
"More than a century ago, the Old Treasury Buildings was home to the Premier's office. It was also the State's central post office, the yardstick to measure distances to regional Western Australian towns."
Dr Hames said the Treasury project was a sign of Perth maturing and embracing heritage and innovation to maximise the tourism and hospitality potential.
"This precinct is destined to become a vibrant social and cultural centre that provides something uniquely Perth and further broadens our national and international visitor appeal," he said.
"This project complements strategies like the Taste 2020 Food and Wine Strategy launched last week, and our goal to increase accommodation choices for business and leisure visitors."
- COMO The Treasury hotel has 48 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, lounge and library
- Cathedral Square partners are the State Government, City of Perth, Anglican Diocese of Perth, Public Trustee, Mirvac Group and FJM Property
- For more information, visit http://www.cathedralsquare.com.au
Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800
Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5800
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300