Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Yagan Square celebrates first birthday

    3/03/2019 8:00 AM
    • Successful year of Perth CBD's newest open space, Yagan Square
    • Connections to train and bus stations a major factor in its success
    • Internationally recognised by travel publications and acclaimed for design
    • More than 200 events held since its opening 

    Exactly one year ago today, the McGowan Government opened the award-winning public space and local foodie hotspot, Yagan Square.


    In the space of a year, Yagan Square has become one of the Perth central business district's most frequented areas for commuters, tourists, foodies and event-goers.


    The square has created a bustling thoroughfare and new heart of the city, showcasing Western Australia's rich Aboriginal culture and culinary prowess.


    Since its opening, Yagan Square has helped put Perth on the global map with mentions from Forbes in its annual Travel Guide's list and The New York Times' recent 52 Places to Go in 2019 list.


    The site was formed by the historic sinking of the Perth rail line to create the Perth City Link, which has opened up developable land that was formerly occupied by a rail reserve.


    Now, the site acknowledges its site's traditional importance as an Aboriginal eating and genuine meeting place.


    Yagan Square is the first significant site in an Australian city named in honour of an Aboriginal person, and has been applauded as a celebration of indigenous culture and the unique Western Australian landscape.


    Its design reflects the stories of the Whadjuk people providing a rare opportunity to elevate the knowledge, experience and interest of visitors in Aboriginal culture. This now includes school students involved in the recently introduced tour program.


    The inner-city square is a sought-after performance venue hosting more than 200 sporting and cultural events including the Pride March, Fringe World, Le Dîner en Blanc, Perth Wildcats marches and Naidoc week.


    The $73.5 million precinct is accessible to everyone and boasts a Market Hall offering international cuisine and local produce, a 45-metre digital tower, amphitheatre, children's play area and a pedestrian mall connecting William Street from the CBD to Northbridge.


    Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Yagan Square is the new heart of Perth and has been a brilliant place for people to meet, stop for a meal or drink and to soak up WA culture.


    "Its success has been its appeal to all ages and groups - from families enjoying the play spaces to friends meeting up before a show or concert.


    "Our collaboration with the Whadjuk Working Party has helped deliver a very special destination that strengthens local and international understanding of Aboriginal culture.


    "Yagan Square is a great example of the benefits of creating vibrant space close to public transport, and our plans for METRONET will extend that approach even further.


    "I would like to congratulate all those involved in developing Yagan Square and encourage even more people to visit, enjoy and help celebrate the first birthday of one of our city's newest landmarks."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500