The contentious Perth Waterfront project has been named Elizabeth Quay by a monarchist state premier who claims the new moniker is a fitting tribute to the area’s history.
Premier Colin Barnett said today that the new name was a fitting tribute to last year’s blow-in by Queen Elizabeth II during the much-vaunted Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
“More than 100,000 people came to see the queen and … Duke of Edinburgh … last year so it is only fitting that the area which is currently being transformed into an exciting and inclusive precinct for all West [sic] Australians should honour the queen,” Mr Barnett said.
“Perth is maturing as a city and developing an exciting identity while continuing to treasure its rich heritage.”
Mr Barnett claims the Elizabeth Quay name provides a “tangible and significant” link to Perth’s heritage.
Meanwhile, the project will see the state heritage listed Florence Hummerston Building relocated to the Supreme Court Gardens – virtually destroying the building’s heritage value.
Last month, Mr Barnett turned the first sod on the $440 million project that will bulldoze 10 hectares of riverfront boulevard and parkland to erect luxury condominiums and a marina.
Heritage lobbyists have launched protests against the project, claiming the government has undervalued the historic value of the existing park.
Works to build the inlet are scheduled to start in late 2012.
Mr Barnett said the inlet works were on track for completion in mid-2015.
His announcement of ‘Elizabeth Quay’ coincides with the ABC’s recent airing of a fawning documentary on the queen in which several shots of Mr Barnett’s head appear.