The Perth CBD’s core retail precinct is about to get a major makeover.
A Notion of Motion was presented at a recent City of Perth council meeting, proposing strategies to resolve issues regarding the community’s homelessness, parking and retail challenges.
According to chair commissioner Eric Lumsden, The City will institute a yearlong trial of three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays in strategically plotted areas, to welcome citizens into the CBD and energise local businesses with an economic boost.
And for homeless citizens, the City will consider the implementation of a secure night space and support services hub to help those in need. Aside from lending vital shelter to these people, a safe space would offer the homeless a sound alternative to doorways or shopfronts.
The City will operate a forum in conjunction with property and retail representatives to address challenges confronting the CBD precinct, like anti-social behaviour, economic issues, parking solutions and competition from large-scale suburban shopping centres. And they will retain an ongoing dialogue with the State Government in regards to seeking a long-term solution to the homelessness problem in this area.