The Connect South project has grown from the South Perth Foreshore Strategy and Management Plan which identified Node 1: Mends Street as a key area to redevelop.
Connect South encompasses the Mends Street Jetty foreshore, Mends Street, Harper Terrace and Windsor Park.
The project is focused on improving public amenity via place activation, wayfinding, access to transport and greater economic opportunity. The Connect South Mends Street project has the potential to transform Mends Street to become the urban heart of South Perth and a destination for regional and international visitors.
A series of place principles were developed to guide the planning and detailed design of the project:
- Create a local, regional and international destination
- Establish a gateway to South Perth
- Connect the river to the Zoo and the Zoo to the river
- Create a 'river room' and a vibrant local street that is the civic heart of the community
- Fun by day, festive at night
- Connect and celebrate alternative modes of transport
- Celebrate the natural character of the Swan and the exotic character or the Zoo
- Celebrate the view
- Develop an activation strategy that is the amalgamation of many small ideas
- Improve the pedestrian experience
- Enhance place through local stories
- Spark prosperity to create economic stimulus, more choice and a great experience.
The first stage focuses on the Mends Street foreshore and Mends Street itself between Mill Point Road and South Perth Esplanade.
Stage 1 is scheduled for completion in November 2019 at an estimated cost of $7.5 million (with $2.5 million from National Stronger Regions Round 3 funding and $5 million from the City of South Perth). The majority of this funding will be spent on the Piazza foreshore area with minor updates to the north end of Mends Street.
The Progress tab below is being updated regularly as the construction phase develops.
Construction for Stage One, which includes the development of a piazza on the Mends Street foreshore and minor upgrades to Mends Street North has now commenced. Works are anticipated to be completed in November 2019.