The Perth Cultural Centre is set to undergo a drastic change as part of a huge $35 million “rejuvenation project”, including the relocation of the precinct’s urban wetland towards Beaufort Street.
The wetlands were developed in 2010 with the help of landscape architectural and urban design practice Josh Byrne & Associates. Since then, the wetlands have become an urban biodiversity hotspot, with endangered species including the buff-banded rail spotted within the ecosystem. The wetlands are also used as an outdoor classroom and an entertainment venue.
The new masterplan, which is visible on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website, illustrates that the new wetlands will be adjoining a “Children’s Art Garden” and events lawn, and located where a car park currently exists on the corner of Beaufort Street and James Street. As part of the redevelopment, three existing takeaway cafés have been given notices to vacate their premises by October.
As per the Perth Cultural Centre website:
“Detailed design work will continue once the main works contractor is appointed and the redevelopment will have a family friendly approach with green scaping and more shaded areas, better lighting and improved security. Works will also include demolition of the amphitheatre and the eastern Art Gallery of WA car park and creation of a more accessible streetscape, better connecting Beaufort Street to William Street.”
“Construction is expected to begin later in 2023. Minimising the disruption to surrounding areas and businesses is a key project priority and notices regarding this will be provided directly to those nearby.”