Mends Street Connect South

Media Release 13 April 2017
Connect South

Mends Street Connect South is a $7.5 million major project to enhance and invigorate the Mends Street precinct and foreshore area. In October 2016, the City successfully secured $2.5 million in Round 3 of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) to join the City’s contribution of $5 million over two financial years. 

“Mends Street Connect South is about creating a dynamic destination at this important riverside location. It’s such a lively place where tourists, families, workers and residents gather during the day and linger into the evening to watch the twinkling lights on the other side of the river,” said City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty.

“It is envisaged to be a both a transport and commercial hub, where local businesses thrive and the diversity and rich history of the area are celebrated.”

The City has commenced a tender process and will shortly appoint a consultant to provide urban design and landscape services for stage one of the project. 

“The first stage focuses on Mends Street between Mill Point Road and the foreshore along with parts of the South Perth Esplanade.  It will deliver a piazza on the foreshore as well as streetscape and amenity improvements, landscaping upgrades and place activation activities.

“Engagement of our community and stakeholders is a key component of the concept design process. City representatives have been meeting regularly with the Mends Street Traders group and working with them on a number of initiatives to support their businesses through the period of transition.

“In response to requests from local business owners, the City is introducing a one-hour free parking trial along the South Perth Esplanade from 1 May 2017, which will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. New wayfinding signage will be installed to assist visitors to locate free short-stay parking, including the one-hour free parking available in the South Shore undercover car park.

“The City will also be installing promotional signage in the precinct to let shoppers know that Mends Street is still open for business and encourage visitation during the construction and transition phase.”

The Mends Street Connect South project has grown from the 2015 South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan which identified Node 1: Mends Street as a key priority area for improvement.

Future proposed project stages include upgrades to the Mends Street Jetty, park areas either side of the piazza and Mends Street between Mill Point Road and Labouchere Road. 

For more information and updates on Mends Street Connect South, visit the City’s website. 

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