Wanneroo’s town centre revitalisation program has been boosted by the State Government.
Lands Minister Doug Shave today presented a $143,000 cheque to the City of Wanneroo to help fund its public art program and landscaping and lighting to enrich the town centre.
“Public art of the quality and creativity planned will make a significant contribution to the revitalisation of the Wanneroo Town Centre,” Mr Shave said.
“The art works will help create important focal points and vibrant and attractive streetscapes to give Wanneroo a unique identity and character.”
Wanneroo MLA Iain MacLean welcomed the funding, saying it would help increase the city’s sense of identity and community pride.
“The funding is part of the Government’s election commitment to the fast growing Wanneroo area and recognises its importance to Perth’s development,” Mr MacLean said.
The Government funding complements significant funding from the Wanneroo Council.
The bulk of the Government’s $143,000 contribution will go to the Wanneroo Town Centre Major Sculpture Project. Works by Western Australian artists will be a key element of the project.
A metal statue by WA artist Jon Tarry will grace the roundabout in the heart of the city and become a Wanneroo landmark. It will be of a figure holding a rake in one hand and a fishing net in the other and will represent some of Wanneroo’s culture and history.
Another work will be a bronze statue of a farm labourer by WA sculptor Tony Jones who is keen to use a local person as a model. The statue will be the focus of the forecourt to the new City of Wanneroo Administration Centre.
It is hoped that in future years more sponsors will be found for additional figures to be created.
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