City keen to tell sto­ries of the past

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of South Perth has opened up fol­low­ing con­cerns from some mem­bers of the pub­lic about a pro­posed cul­tural cen­tre on the South Perth fore­shore.

In a meet­ing with the South­ern Gazette, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ge­off Glass and Mayor Sue Do­herty spruiked the idea that the Wes­tralian Cen­tre could tell sto­ries about the his­tory of South Perth.

Ms Do­herty said she be­lieved the City was re­spond­ing to what peo­ple wanted at the site by propos­ing the cen­tre.

“When you look at the South Perth Fore­shore Strat­egy and Man­age­ment Plan, this what the peo­ple wanted and we have lis­tened and we are re­spond­ing,” she said.

“They wanted some com­po­nents, in­clud­ing ‘a land­mark site rep­re­sent­ing na­tional, state, lo­cal and Abo­rig­i­nal sig­nif­i­cance that ex­presses the his­tor­i­cal background of the area’ and we are do­ing that.

“We talk about it be­ing un­der­utilised. We’ve got a site of Aus­tralia Day and other civic cer­e­monies, the Chi­nese his­tory of the mar­ket gar­dens and it re­ally is dis­con­nected with the rest of the park.

“It will be a gath­er­ing place for peo­ple where they can stop and look around.”

Ques­tions about how the coun­cil would con­sult the pub­lic about the con­cept, how the coun­cil would ob­tain $7 mil­lion to build it and whether the fore­shore was the best place for it were asked by mem­bers of the pub­lic in March and April.

In­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants Think­field have been en­gaged to de­velop an in­de­pen­dent survey of 500 WA peo­ple, in­clud­ing a sam­ple of South Perth res­i­dents, and peo­ple will be able to use the City’s Your Say South Perth en­gage­ment por­tal.

In June, the City will re­ceive a progress re­port about the busi­ness plan, com­mu­nity and stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prepara­tory works and po­ten­tial ex­ter­nal cap­i­tal fund­ing sources.

“We have spo­ken to Bren­dan Nel­son at the Aus­tralian War Mu­seum and there may be the ca­pac­ity to have ro­tat­ing dis­plays from them,” Ms Do­herty said.

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