As we prepare for the Easter long weekend in Perth, I want to acknowledge and thank the many City workers who will be pushing through over the next few days to keep your City safe, clean and vibrant.
As we prepare for the Easter long weekend in Perth, I want to acknowledge and thank the many City workers who will be pushing through over the next few days to keep your City safe, clean and vibrant. To all of our team working through – a huge thank you from all of us. You make our City shine.
WELCOMING THE PM TO PERTHIt was my pleasure earlier this week to welcome Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to Perth. The PM visited Supreme Court Gardens and Governor’s Avenue where the big Cat mining and construction machinery was on display as part of the hugely successful Resources Technology Showcase Perth.
I have also invited the Prime Minister to join us in Perth in November when we host the World Energy Cities Partnership global gathering.
ONE MILLION PEOPLE VISIT PERTH
Our City-led events and activations (City of Light Shows presented by Roy Hill and Atlas, The Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail and Australia Day at Langley Park presented by Hancock Prospecting, the Friday Night Hawkers Market) along with those events and activations supported by the City of Perth (like PRIDE, Fringe and Perth Festival for example) attracted more than one million people to our City over the summer and festival seasons just concluded.
We are a big event City and a City for people.
To build on this success, at our March Council Meeting another $5 million was approved for City-led events in the coming financial year. You can see a summary here.
And an additional $5 million is allocated in the coming budget to support community-led events. You can see the events we have supported here and and click on the Approved Grants & Sponsorships 2022-2023 PDF under "Important Documents".
That’s a total of over $10 million to keep the events and attractions – big and small, coming to Perth. I am very proud of the year-long events and activations calendar our City team helps deliver. Perth has never been so alive or had so many great events to chose from.
THE PUSH FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL
I want to reassure our ratepayers, particularly those with families in the East Perth and Claisebrook areas that I have continued to make the case for a primary school to be established in the area.
I have been greatly encouraged by conversations I have had with State Government Ministers and I am optimistic we will get a positive outcome in the near future.
CITY OF PERTH BOORLOO HERITAGE FESTIVAL – ON NOWFor the whole month of April, we're shining a light on our built, natural and cultural heritage, through the City of Perth Boorloo Heritage Festival.
Celebrated as ‘Heritage Perth Weekend’ for the past 12 years, the City of Perth Boorloo Heritage Festival is bigger and better with all City neighbourhoods hosting a variety of events across this month.
The City of Perth is proud to host its own Boorloo Family Fun Day over the Easter Weekend at Forrest Place. Other events to look out for include CircusWA at Victoria Gardens, award winning artist Mo’Ju in Yagan Square and guided walking tours to discover Perth's incredible stories from the past.
And the best news - nearly all events are free, however tickets still need to be secured online.
ESCOOTERS HIRE SCHEME ROLLS INTO THE CITY
The City of Perth’s e-scooter trial has got off to a hugely successful start. Both providers, Bird (blue) and Neuron (orange) are reporting very strong patronage and very few incidents.
We are well aware of community conversations around e-scooter safety and for that reason this is not a space we have rushed into.
Our trial is measured and cautious. It is absolutely safety first. And we have benefited from technology advancements which mean there are even more mechanisms in place (like mandatory helmets, speed restrictions and geo-fencing) to ensure a safe experience for riders and fellow road or path users.
You can read more about the trial here.
COUNCIL HOUSE TURNS 60The start of the City of Perth Boorloo Heritage Festival coincided with an important milestone for Council House - the building's 60th birthday.
Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in March 1963, the building has withstood the test of time including almost being demolished in the early 90s. Now it stands proudly as the City of Perth HQ and well-known landmark, illuminated every night to celebrate our City of Light.
It was wonderful to welcome back former Lord Mayor Chas Hopkins (pictured above right), and former CEOs Garry Hunt and Martin Mileham. Additionally, we were honoured to have our next door neighbours the Governor and Mrs Dawson attend to hear the personal reflections of the son of the architect who designed Council House. Greg Howlett (pictured middle) spoke magnificently on how his father, Jeffrey Howlett’s vision became a reality.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE CITY
There is so much going on in the City this Easter school holidays. Make sure you check out our Visit Perth website for a full comprehensive guide
One activity not to miss is the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre's "Puppets in the City" event which will see a giant marionette come to life in Forrest Place.
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