Cul­tural cen­tre hic­cup


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

MORE con­cerns have been raised about the City of South Perth’s pro­posal to build a cul­tural cen­tre on the South Perth Fore­shore.

Is­sues sur­round­ing the Wes­tralian Cen­tre con­cept were raised by mem­bers of the pub­lic at the April 26 coun­cil meet­ing, af­ter sim­i­lar queries were put for­ward at the March meet­ing.

Among the ques­tions asked were how the coun­cil planned to con­sult the pub­lic about the con­cept and how the coun­cil would go about get­ting $7 mil­lion in fund­ing from the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments as well as pri­vate sources.

It was re­vealed at the meet­ing that coun­cil would use a 500-per­son sur­vey and its Your Say South Perth en­gage­ment por­tal to con­sult with the pub­lic.

Among those to raise con­cerns was City of South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Ce­cilia Brooke, who also raised her con­cerns with the South­ern Gazette.

“It seems the City is spend­ing ratepay­ers’ money on this project but why are they in a rush to get this to hap­pen,” she said.

“If the cen­tre runs at a loss and if it’s not vi­able, where does that leave ratepay­ers?

“It will be a ben­e­fit to the City to bring in tourists but what are the ben­e­fits to res­i­dents in the City of South Perth?”

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the City had en­gaged in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants Think­field to de­velop an on­line sur­vey to be sent to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ple of the West Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion, as well as an ad­di­tional sam­ple of City of South Perth res­i­dents.

“This would al­low an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple’s re­ac­tions to, and level of sup­port for, the pro­posed Wes­tralian Cen­tre con­cept,” she said. “The City of South Perth is com­mit­ted to giv­ing the com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate, en­gage and con­trib­ute to de­ci­sions on is­sues af­fect­ing them.

Ms Do­herty said the City would make best en­deav­ours to se­cure fi­nan­cial sup­port from the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments as well as pri­vate fund­ing.

The Wes­tralian Cen­tre is pro­posed to occupy 2200sq m on the South Perth fore­shore about 300m west of the Coode Street Jetty and would in­clude an out­door area, re­cre­ation and in­ter­pre­ta­tion space, and build­ings for so­cial and civic events.

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