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 is conducting a Crisis and Transitional Accommodation study which will consider all options available within the city to assist with finding accommodation for regional patients who often end up staying in Wellington Square. 

The City of Perth is also currently developing a Mobile Free Food and Service Provision permit system to 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

When will the Masterplan be finalised?

The draft Masterplan was endorsed by Council in December 2017. Following further community consultation on the draft, the final Masterplan is due to be submitted to Council in mid 2018.

Draft Masterplan - Legend Definitions

Formal Sports: Predominantly lawn area fitted with facilities to suit designated sporting activities.

Playground: A regional play space designed to suit children under the age of 10. 

Young adult playground: A playground for young adults aged between 10 and 19. 

Multi-use gathering space: Space adjoining the proposed Pedestrian Priority Zone catering for events such as performances, farmers market and arts and cultural events.

Pedestrian priority zone: Pedestrian priority area with reduced traffic speed. 

Meeting place: Relaxed open space for cultural and community gathering. 

Waterbody: A planted creek designed using sustainable principles to capture and treat stormwater runoff from the surrouding area. 

Passive recreation: Open parkland space with predominantly lawn areas for picnics and informal games. 

Planting park edge treatment - clear views into park from street: Improved edge treatment to the perimeter of Wellington Square such as access paths, introduction of native planting and creating sightlines towards the park.

Heritage Fig Tree - 'Kids Tree': A Moreton Bay Fig Tree identified in the Heritage Cultural Assessment as of particular importance to the Aboriginal people. 

Feature Seating: Furniture arranged to follow the direction of the main pathways and placed in a way to encourage social interaction.  

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

A wide range of stakeholders and communities have an interest in the plans for Wellington Square, and City of Perth is committed to ensuring that the final Masterplan reflects their aspirations. As part of the formal planning process, the draft and final versions of the Masterplan will be advertised for public comment. However, to ensure the Masterplan has the full support of the community and stakeholders, City of Perth will continue to seek feedback. This will be done in a variety of ways, including workshops, online engagement and consultation.

Who is City of Perth working with on the development of the Masterplan?

In addition to local residents and businesses, City of Perth is continuing to engage with State Government departments, community services, environmental and heritage groups, sports organisations, indigenous groups and educational institutions.

When will work start on the redevelopment of Wellington Square?

Dependent on the outcome of the planning process, we anticipate that work will start on the redevelopment in late 2018.

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.