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WITH Perth’s newest landmark, the Swan Bells, now ready for the official opening on Sunday, December 10, my thanks go to everyone involved in the project.

It is a stunning addition to our city and certainly reflects the skills we have here in Western Australia with its innovative design and workmanship.

The whole Barrack Square Redevelopment project is now taking shape and the work that has been done is a great indication of how much more appealing this area will be as a link between the city centre and our beautiful Swan River.



THE river will also be a wonderful feature of the new Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre that will nestle into Perth’s skyline on the current riverside car park on Mounts Bay Road.

Compared with the earlier proposal, the enhanced concept design for the project includes a range of more people-friendly elements including improvements to the centre design, additional landscaping and better pedestrian access.

One of the major changes, to the roofline of the new centre, comes from the feedback from public consultation and comment. The proposed roofline will still have the undulating gum leaf theme but will be more sleek and streamlined than originally proposed.

Work on the centre will start in June and we expect the centre to be operating in late 2003.

Construction will also start about the same time on the Perth Stadium project on the car park near the Entertainment Centre. This is due to be finished by the middle of 2003.



ENORMOUS amounts of development are occurring all over Western Australia with both private and public sector investment reflecting our State’s current strong economic position.

Anyone driving out of Perth will see clear evidence of some of the State Government’s initiatives in the massive amounts of road and transport projects under way.

With the Christmas holidays rapidly approaching, I’m especially pleased that the 10.7km Busselton Bypass will be open before the end of the year, four months ahead of schedule.

The $21 million bypass has been a priority project in the South-West. The new bypass gives people a safer, free-flowing alternative route to towns including Dunsborough, Yallingup, Margaret River and Augusta rather than through the Busselton township.



PERTH’S waterside appeal has also helped the Government successfully bid for another major international sporting event.

The 2005 International Canoe Federation Marathon World Championship will be held on the Swan River, starting and finishing at Hinds Reserve, near the Garratt Road Bridge and taking in the picturesque Ascot Waters area.

With 1500 competitors from 50 nations taking part, the championships are expected to generate an estimated $5.53 million for the Western Australian economy.

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