By Rhiannon Lise-Lisseman
The reconstruction of the Barack Street Jetty will be the first stage completed in the Elizabeth Quay Project which is hoped to transform Perth city.
The $2.6 billion project is currently under construction along the Swan River and is expected to bring in four million people every year.
According to the Tourism Western Australia website: “This project will transform the iconic Swan River and enhance Perth’s reputation as one of the world’s most livable cities.”
The aim of the project is to return Perth’s focus to the “fantastic natural asset” we have here in Perth, said Kelly Eadie from Tourism Western Australia.
Perth CBD resident April Carpenter said she’s excited about the new development.
“It’s definitely going to bring people closer to the river and get them more involved in river activities,” said Miss Carpenter.
“Personally I see myself spending a lot more time and money by the river once the development is complete.”
The project officially began in 2012 after the State Government committed more than $400 million to Elizabeth Quay.
Elizabeth Quay will stretch 2.7 hectares along the Swan River and is expected to attract people of all ages.
“Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting for work, rest or recreation, Elizabeth Quay will be a destination for everyone,” says the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
The project team is working closely with the Swan River Trust and other key agencies to ensure environmental management requirements are met during construction.
A Heritage Interpretation Strategy has also been developed to keep promote and preserve the history of the area.