The Westralian Centre

Consultation has concluded

In 2015, following community and stakeholder engagement, the Council endorsed the SPF Plan which identifies 10 nodes for improvements along the foreshore.

The vision for Node 9 Flagpole is to create:

  • A landmark site, representing national, state, local and Aboriginal significance, that expresses the historical background of the area; and
  • A landmark event space for civic and social events that also provides recreational facilities throughout the year.

In response, the Council resolved to give in principle support to the concept of the Westralian Centre at the 28 February 2017 Council meeting. The City commenced initial consultation to inform and seek feedback from community and stakeholders on this proposal.

The proposed Westralian Centre concept

The proposed Westralian Centre is envisaged to be a commemorative public space to celebrate unique Western Australian and South Perth stories, culture and heritage incorporating a multi-purpose interpretive facility with public open space.

Initial concept drawings illustrate an architect-designed facility built into the landscape, with public open spaces to complement the surrounding reserve, natural environment and river. The proposed building design would incorporate best practice environmental and sustainability principles.

The proposed Westralian Centre would contribute to the ongoing development of South Perth as a destination for local, state and international visitors, provide an economic boost for local business and additional employment within the City.

Full details of the proposed project can be found on the City's website.

Progress

A progress report on the business plan, community and stakeholder consultation, site and management investigations and potential external capital funding sources was provided to Council in June 2017 for the purposes of an initial review before proceeding to any further stage of the proposed project.

At the Council Meeting held on 27 June 2017, the Council resolved not to progress the Westralian Centre concept as proposed. Minutes of the meeting can be found on the City's website.

The City will continue to provide further updates regarding Node 9 and the establishment of a Reference Group.

In 2015, following community and stakeholder engagement, the Council endorsed the SPF Plan which identifies 10 nodes for improvements along the foreshore.

The vision for Node 9 Flagpole is to create:

  • A landmark site, representing national, state, local and Aboriginal significance, that expresses the historical background of the area; and
  • A landmark event space for civic and social events that also provides recreational facilities throughout the year.

In response, the Council resolved to give in principle support to the concept of the Westralian Centre at the 28 February 2017 Council meeting. The City commenced initial consultation to inform and seek feedback from community and stakeholders on this proposal.

The proposed Westralian Centre concept

The proposed Westralian Centre is envisaged to be a commemorative public space to celebrate unique Western Australian and South Perth stories, culture and heritage incorporating a multi-purpose interpretive facility with public open space.

Initial concept drawings illustrate an architect-designed facility built into the landscape, with public open spaces to complement the surrounding reserve, natural environment and river. The proposed building design would incorporate best practice environmental and sustainability principles.

The proposed Westralian Centre would contribute to the ongoing development of South Perth as a destination for local, state and international visitors, provide an economic boost for local business and additional employment within the City.

Full details of the proposed project can be found on the City's website.

Progress

A progress report on the business plan, community and stakeholder consultation, site and management investigations and potential external capital funding sources was provided to Council in June 2017 for the purposes of an initial review before proceeding to any further stage of the proposed project.

At the Council Meeting held on 27 June 2017, the Council resolved not to progress the Westralian Centre concept as proposed. Minutes of the meeting can be found on the City's website.

The City will continue to provide further updates regarding Node 9 and the establishment of a Reference Group.

Consultation has concluded
  • Council resolves not to progress proposed Westralian Centre concept

    over 1 year ago

    At the City of South Perth’s Council Meeting held on 27 June 2017, the Council resolved not to progress the Westralian Centre concept as proposed at Node 9 on Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth.

    At the meeting the Council considered a progress report on the proposed Centre’s business case, community and stakeholder consultation outcomes, site and management investigations and potential external capital funding sources.

    Prior to the Council Meeting, the local community and broader Western Australian community were given the opportunity to express their opinions on the proposed concept during consultation undertaken by the City in May and June...

    At the City of South Perth’s Council Meeting held on 27 June 2017, the Council resolved not to progress the Westralian Centre concept as proposed at Node 9 on Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth.

    At the meeting the Council considered a progress report on the proposed Centre’s business case, community and stakeholder consultation outcomes, site and management investigations and potential external capital funding sources.

    Prior to the Council Meeting, the local community and broader Western Australian community were given the opportunity to express their opinions on the proposed concept during consultation undertaken by the City in May and June 2017. There was a high level of community interest and participation, with more than 1100 members of the public taking part in an independent survey and over 400 people completing the questionnaire on the City’s online engagement portal Your Say South Perth.

    The City thanks everyone who contributed feedback, thoughts and opinions in response to the proposed concept.

    At the June Council Meeting, Council resolved to:

    • Note the Business Case analysis prepared by Pracsys;
    • Note the independent survey results conducted by Thinkfield / Clarity Communications, which indicated that there were a majority of people in the City of South Perth and broader Western Australia that support the Westralian Centre concept and design;
    • Note the Your Say South Perth questionnaire result which indicates that a majority of respondents, primarily from the City of South Perth, are not in favour of the proposed Westralian Centre concept and design at Foreshore Node 9: Flagpole;
    • Note the City of South Perth stakeholder engagement conducted with identified parties that indicates support for the uses and nature of the Westralian Centre concept;
    • Note the motions passed at the 8 June 2017 Special Electors Meeting that expressed opposition to the proposed Westralian Centre concept;
    • Resolve not to progress the Westralian Centre concept as proposed at Node 9 on Sir James Mitchell Park and its Foreshore at Node 9. This should be a public open space for recreation with no permanent commercial buildings;
    • Resolve to progress the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan for Node 9 in accordance with the Strategies identified in the Plan as a Landscape Architectural expression and in consultation with the community;
    • Establish a Reference Group whose role will be to assist in the implementation of an endorsed Plan for Node 9.

    The City will continue to provide further updates regarding Node 9 and the establishment of a Reference Group via the City’s website.