Not-for-profit association Historic Heart of Perth has received $250,000 from the Liberal National Government to beautify and revitalise the east end of the Perth central business district.
Premier Colin Barnett said the association was chaired by Western Australian of the Year Adrian Fini and aimed to improve the vibrancy of the eastern CBD through landscaping, public art and improved lighting.
The overall project budget is $2.1 million and also includes the provision of social services - such as chaplains and outreach workers - to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.
Mr Barnett said the State Government's contribution would support signage, lighting and CCTV for six laneways, and a range of landscaping equipment including planter boxes, alfresco areas and bike racks.
Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the Historic Heart of Perth broadly spanned from Barrack Street in the west to the Perth Mint in the east, and from St Georges Terrace in the south to Wellington Street in the north.
"This project will not only have an enormous impact on an area that has some of Perth's most culturally significant landmarks, it also incorporates and builds on the eastern gateway to Perth that has been part of State Government planning for some time," Mrs Faragher said.
"The area links to the new Perth Stadium via the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, along with the planned Waterbank riverfront redevelopment project alongside the Causeway and the Wildflower Way project that runs from Perth Airport to the CBD."
Mr Fini said Historic Heart hoped to bring together the history of the urban environment and the community.
"A city is not just about buildings but about people and their experiences within it," he said.
"While we acknowledge that the task will not be easy, the reinvention of Perth's west end with projects including Perth City Link and Yagan Square and the extraordinary transformation of the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge are inspirational benchmarks."
The Liberal National Government has committed $250,000 from the departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Planning, Water and Transport
All works supported by the State Government are to be completed by December 31, 2017
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