A right royal good time

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

HAV­ING Prince Charles open the State Trea­sury build­ings and at­tend the royal bar­be­cue were Premier Colin Bar­nett’s high­lights dur­ing the royal visit last month.

Mr Bar­nett said he was pleased the Prince of Wales agreed to his re­quest to open the State Gov­ern­ment-owned build­ings af­ter a $105 mil­lion restora­tion.

“That’s the most beau­ti­ful restora­tion of an old pub­lic build­ing that Perth’s seen and Prince Charles has a long-term in­ter­est in restora­tion of her­itage build­ings and their con­ver­sion into mod­ern us­age,” he said.

Mr Bar­nett said he had re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from the “su­perbly or­gan­ised” bar­be­cue at Cottes­loe Gar­dens to cel­e­brate Prince Charles’ birth­day.

“I think he en­joyed it; it was a big and happy crowd and it wasn’t just prom­i­nent peo­ple,” he said. “We also in­cluded emer­gency ser­vices work­ers and es­sen­tial work­ers such as teach­ers, po­lice of­fi­cers, fire­fight­ers, paramedics and the like.”

Mr Bar­nett said he was im­pressed by the amount of time Prince Charles spent talk­ing with party guests and chil­dren.

“At one stage he was be­ing mobbed by peo­ple, one of his staff said, ‘can you try to get his Royal High­ness to move on more quickly’,” Mr Bar­nett said. “I said to him ‘sir, your staff are say­ing you need to move more quickly’, so he laughed and said ‘how do you think we’re go­ing to do that?’.

“He was good fun.”

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