When will work start on the Wellington Square Enhancement?

After extensive consultation with the community and stakeholders, the detailed design for Wellington Square Enhancement is now being finalised and construction is anticipated to commence in early 2020. An Expression of Interest will be issued to prospective contractors in late July 2019; shortlisted proponents will then be invited to tender for the work, with contract award expected in early 2020.
The construction is commencing later than originally anticipated in order to secure the best value for money outcome for City of Perth ratepayers.

How will the construction be staged?

The enhancement of Wellington Square will be staged over three years, to minimise disruption to local residents and park users, and provide value for money for City of Perth ratepayers.
The elements of the Masterplan that are currently funded and will be delivered by 2022 include:

  • Basketball courts
  • Intergenerational Playground
  • Formal sports ground
  • Place of Reflection
  • New toilets
  • Footpaths and lighting
  • New trees and landscaping 
  • Permanent infrastructure for events such as open air markets
  • Exercise circuit
  • BBQ and picnic facilities
  • Free Wifi
  • CCTV
  • Passive recreation areas
The successful contractor will be tasked with developing a construction staging program that ensures significant areas of Wellington Square remain accessible for community enjoyment during the construction.

Future developments, currently unfunded, may include tennis courts and sports changerooms/club rooms. City of Perth will be seeking external funding contributions to subsidise the cost of these facilities.

Will Wellington Square be closed during construction?

The City of Perth has committed to ensuring large areas of Wellington Square will continue to be accessible for the community to enjoy during the construction works. The successful contractor will be required to develop a schedule of works that takes into account the need to maintain access to the park at all times.

How will the City of Perth manage construction impacts for adjacent residents and businesses?

The City of Perth will engage with local residents and business owners for the duration of the construction works. A Construction Reference Group is being established for this phase of the project, with the aim of both informing the community about project progress, and seeking feedback from residents and business owners about their concerns during construction. Residents and businesses will be letterbox dropped when significant works are planned that may impact on them, and works that impact on specific park users (for example, the cricket club) will be flagged directly with those groups.

What is an 'Intergenerational Playground'?

Whilst traditionally playspaces in the past were considered the domain of young children, the current best practice across the world is creating welcoming fun playspaces that everyone in the community can enjoy. Whether you are a parent with young children, a teenager, young adult or older member of the community, being able to recreate and have fun is a key focus of this iconic destination space.

What is the easiest way for me to keep up to date with opportunities to provide feedback on the plans for Wellington Square?

The easiest way to keep up to date and informed about the consultation process is to register to receive project updates. You can do that by clicking on the ‘Stay Informed’ button and leaving your details. Also, keep checking in on this page, as we will be posting information about upcoming workshops and other opportunities for people to contribute to the development of the Masterplan.

Will there be further opportunities for community input into the planning process?

Consultation with the community and stakeholders around the development of a Masterplan for Wellington Square commenced in 2016 and ran through to mid-2018.. The Final Masterplan that was endorsed by the City of Perth in September 2018 was a reflection of community and stakeholder aspirations for Wellington Square, and that stage of the planning process is now complete. However, the City of Perth will continue to work closely with stakeholders and the community to ensure any potential impacts of the construction works are effectively managed.

When was the Masterplan finalised?

The Final Masterplan was endorsed by Council in September 2018.


Who did the City of Perth work with on the development of the Masterplan?

In addition to local residents and businesses, City of Perth engaged with community services, environmental and heritage groups, sports organisations, the Whadjuk Working Party and educational institutions.

What is the City of Perth doing about the antisocial behaviour and social issues at Wellington Square?

As can be appreciated, the issues facing Wellington Square are complex and require a collaborative approach.

The City of Perth is currently working with a range of State Government departments, agencies and community service providers to address social issues at Wellington Square. Antisocial behaviour, violence, drinking and drugs are dealt with by the Police, who have powers which can be used to address most of these issues.

Homelessness and the provision of housing and accommodation is the responsibility of the State Government, private or community providers. The Department of Health, through the Patient Assisted Transport Scheme (PATS) coordinates accommodation of patients travelling from regional areas to Royal Perth Hospital for health services.

The City of Perth has endorsed an interim homelessness plan which includes 30 actions for the City to undertake in the next 12 months to addresses homelessness, particularly rough sleeping. The priorities include:
  • Coordination of services in the inner city;
  • Expansion of existing day centres to 7am – 7pm, 7 days a week;
  • Assertive outreach in the Inner City;
  • Safe Night Space in the Inner City; and
  • Low barrier/low threshold accommodation services in the Inner City. 
Later this year The City of Perth will launch an Accreditation Process which will better coordinate and regulate days and times of service delivery in public open spaces. 

What can the community do to improve the situation in Wellington Square?

1. Participate in the consultation process for the Wellington Square Masterplan 
2. Contact City Homeless Response (Salvation Army) 0429 511 833
3. Contact the Police when safety or antisocial incidents occur 131 444 or East Perth Local Police Team 0466 521 457