Connect South is a $7.5 million major project to enhance and invigorate the Mends Street precinct and foreshore area by creating a positive environment, both economically and socially. The project is focused on improving public amenity via place activation, wayfinding, access to transport and greater economic opportunity. The project has grown from the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan which identified Node 1: Mends Street as a key area to redevelop.
In October 2016 the City successfully secured $2.5 million in Federal funding from the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) to match the City’s contribution of $5million over two financial years. This will greatly assist the City in the construction of a Piazza on the foreshore in the vicinity of the Mends Street jetty as well as upgrading the streetscape and amenity of Mends Street itself.
The City has engaged Place Laboratory to provide urban design and landscape services for stage one of the project. This 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.
Spaced Out place activation consultants have been appointed to assist with activation and stimulation initiatives in the area and City representatives are meeting regularly with the Mends Street Traders group to support them through this stage.
The City is seeking community and stakeholder input to help inform the place design concept plan for Stage one. Visit Your Say South Perth, the City's online engagement portal, to find out how you can contribute your ideas.