Perth city’s CBD to get a new street-level parking precinct after council vote to make it a permanent feature

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Perth’s CBD will get a brand new street parking precinct as part of a $200 million project to improve the area around the city centre.

The city council approved the design on Wednesday, approving the $200m project to bring together an array of residential and commercial uses in the CBD.

A number of public spaces will be added to the site including a pedestrian bridge across the Harbour Bridge, a small shopping plaza and an underground parking garage.

Council said the design would be part of an integrated, multi-use park that would connect residential and businesses.

The design was approved by the city’s planning and environment committee and it is expected to be handed over to the council for final approval later this month.

The council said the development would be the first of its kind in the city and would bring more pedestrian and cycle access to the CBD, as well as an increase in visitor numbers.

“The park will be built in a way that makes it easier to access by pedestrians and cyclists,” city manager of planning and environmental policy Nicky Toth said.

“We are committed to ensuring that pedestrians and bike lanes are in place, so that we have the most accessible, accessible place to walk and cycle in the whole of Perth.”

The city is also investing $60 million to build a cycle track on the east side of the city to improve safety on busy streets, including the CBD’s main artery.

It will be the city council’s first dedicated cycle track in the Western Australian capital.

“Cycle tracks are important for the safety of pedestrians and cycle users,” Ms Toth told the council.

“With the current level of congestion in the region, and the number of people cycling in the City, it is essential that the City and City Council are looking to improve pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.”

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