Western Australia’s first Pedestrian Priority Precinct will open in the City on 20 November 2020.
The City of Perth will celebrate this collaboration with Main Roads and the Road Safety Commission, with all three organisations working on the design to provide more space, safety and comfort for people of all ages and abilities.
Located adjacent to the new public plaza Kaal Yimniny on the corner of Hay and Irwin Streets, the precinct will change the character of the area.
Kaal Yimniny refers to the area which was historically used for fires and is the first purely Nyoongar name for a new public place in the City of Perth.
Reduced speed limits for vehicles, pedestrian priority over vehicles, wider footpaths, overhead lighting, outdoor dining and native planting will create a more relaxed public thoroughfare.
“Our aim is to create vibrant streets - streets that are comfortable, safe, tree-lined and with plenty of reasons to enjoy the amenity,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“The new pedestrian priority precinct provides all of this and more.
“Ninety-one trees have also been planted to add to the tree canopy and enhance the biodiversity of the area.”
To celebrate this WA first, the first instalment of the Twilight Hawkers Markets will be set up in the area on Friday 20 November.
Vibrant roving entertainers and live music will entertain, while attendees can also get a glimpse of the new Cygna public art piece.
Possibly the biggest visual drawcard of the area, Dr Jon Tarry’s sculpture Cygna (The Swan) is currently being erected on the corner of Pier Street, reflecting Perth’s graceful black swans and the winding Swan River.
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The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.
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