JUNE 5, 2015 UPDATE: GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT CONFIRMS ELIZABETH QUAY UNLIKELY TO BE COMPLETED UNTIL AT LEAST 2030.
EXCLUSIVE: The State Government has moved to nullify negative press and public dissatisfaction in the event of delays to food outlets at the massive Elizabeth Quay project which it has conceded is unlikely to be completed until at least 2030.
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority is seeking expressions of interest from several “unique operators” to provide a stop-gap anti-Dullsville solution at the Quay.
The MRA is seeking a range of “tourism, business, entertainment, or social enterprise concepts” to energise the Quay in case opening day in late 2015 proves a big flop.
From as early as January 2016, the public will be able to promenade around the quay’s artificial inlet, sit and look at South Perth, walk over a bridge to an artificial island, chill out in the so-called BHP Billiton Water Park, moor a luxury yacht, catch a ferry or river cruise, or grab a bite to eat.
The Canberra-esque picture, left, is how Elizabeth Quay will look on opening day. With the last of the planned private sector skyscrapers around the quay’s perimeter not due to rise for 15 to 20 years (see extract below from MRA document seen by oneperth.com.au), the MRA is keen to stop tumbleweeds gathering.
With tenders for the construction of one major MRA food outlet not closing until June 19, the Authority has put out a last-ditch call for entertainers, artists, musos, retailers and food vendors to help out on a temporary basis.
“The activation mix may include commercial operations, not for profit, social enterprise, business incubation, innovation and things that Perth has never seen before,” an MRA document seen by oneperth.com.au jargonises.
“In the first six months of Elizabeth Quay opening, the purpose is to provide something to eat, drink and do, maximise patronage and frequency [and] act as a flexible gap filler until other offerings come on line.”
The MRA says that whatever unique operation is selected, it must “provide a buffer should there be any delays in food and beverage outlets opening”, and “create a high level of goodwill to offset any negative media that may arise”.