07/08/2009 - 15:02

City of Perth plans Hay St revamp

07/08/2009 - 15:02

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The City of Perth plans to fit out the western part of Hay Street with better footpaths, trees, street furniture and improved lighting as part of plans to lure pedestrians to the area.

City of Perth plans Hay St revamp

The City of Perth plans to fit out the western part of Hay Street with better footpaths, trees, street furniture and improved lighting as part of plans to lure pedestrians to the area.

Deputy Lord Mayor Janet Davidson said the aim was to make the street more attractive and safer for pedestrians and to create a better sense of place.

"Hay Street, west of Milligan Street, is a well used pedestrian thoroughfare but lacks identity, is very much vehicle-oriented and exposed to the elements," Cr Davidson said.

"There is much that can be done to make it more appealing, including better footpaths, avenue tree planting, coordinated street furniture and improved lighting.

"In the longer term, the Council would like to see two-way traffic restored and the area across the Mitchell Freeway covered over."

The masterplan for the Hay Street Enhancement Project covers three sections of the street:

- Zone A -- Milligan Street to the Freeway bridge (Elder Street)
- Zone B -- Freeway Bridge to Harvest Terrace
- Zone C -- Harvest Terrace to Mayfair Street, West Perth

It is intended that Zones A and C will receive priority as considerable Government funding would be required to alter the Freeway section.

Cr Davidson said Zone A included impressive buildings such as the Melbourne Hotel and QV1 but there was little to entice pedestrians beyond that point.

With Zone C there was the potential to create more of a gateway and entry statement into the West Perth precinct and to complement street enhancements that had already taken place farther west.

"The Council would also like to see a more defined and impressive link to Parliament House and for the western end of the city to be more of a drawcard for visitors," Cr Davidson said.

The City will release a Draft Concept Plan for Stage One works as the basis for consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Subject to further Council approvals and community support, Stage One works could commence in the first half of 2010.

The City has previously announced plans to enhance St Georges Terrace between Barrack and William Streets to improve the pedestrian environment.

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