Pop-ups and more in penin­sula plan

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IT AL­READY hosts the state’s big­gest re­sort com­plex, a race­course, the com­ing Perth sta­dium and a vi­brant cafe strip.

But now af­ter the suc­cess of a re­cent pop-up theme park, the Town of Vic­to­ria Park is on the way to be­com­ing WA’s lead­ing en­ter­tain­ment hub.

Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive Anthony Vuleta said popup wa­ter park Xs­cape had of­fi­cially signed on to ap­pear at the Bel­mont Race­course for the next four years.

“Xs­cape at­tracted a lot of peo­ple to the town, and now the or­gan­is­ers are try­ing a few more things by adding ad­di­tional at­trac­tions with the Holiday Car­ni­vale,” he said.

“The re­la­tion­ship the town has de­vel­oped with the or­gan­is­ers is quite good, it’s a real win-win.”

Or­gan­is­ers be­hind the wa­ter park have now tweaked the at­trac­tions, in­cor­po­rat­ing dry rides and car­ni­val ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the park open through­out the April school hol­i­days.

Mr Vuleta said the town was work­ing to en­sure the Bur­swood Penin­sula would con­tinue to bus­tle with ac­tiv­i­ties all sea­sons to at­tract visi­tors from across Perth.

“It’s not just the Penin­sula ei­ther, we want to ex­tend this out to the bound­ary of the City of South Perth,” he said.

“We’re try­ing to cre­ate an events cor­ri­dor all the way along the river frontage, we run events our­selves but we also want other peo­ple to use the space to ide­ally keep ac­tiv­ity in the town pretty much ev­ery day of the week.”

While the aim is to at­tract visi­tors from out­side the town to in­dulge in the en­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ings, Mr Vuleta said strate­gies were in place to en­sure pub­lic park­ing was not over­whelmed.

“We’re one of the few coun­cils that have done an in­te­grated move­ment strat­egy, so that looks at all modes of trans­port and park­ing out to our full growth po­ten­tial,” he said.

“We’ve got a whole strat­egy on how to man­age trans­port over time as the pop­u­la­tion in­creases. We’ve looked at where we need to cre­ate car parks in the town, but not to the point where the roads are so con­gested you can’t even use them, it’s a bal­ance.”

The trans­porta­tion plan in­cor­po­rated mak­ing the town more cy­clist, pedes­trian and pub­lic trans­port friendly.

“We’re hop­ing for a light rail one day, to be part of that trans­port plan,” Mr Vuleta said.

“Our town is a lit­tle bit unique and we want to work with that and make sure it is a des­ti­na­tion, and hope­fully the rest of the town can ben­e­fit from that.”

Mr Vuleta said in­creased vis­i­tor num­bers would also ben­e­fit lo­cal busi­nesses and re­tail out­lets.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive Anthony Vuleta.

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