Following outrage at plans to tear down a local landmark as part of the major Elizabeth Quay project set to revitalise central Perth, Western Australia’s State Government has announced plans to rebuild a replica in the same postiion.
The historic Florence Hummerston Kiosk will be reconstructed and incorporated into the man-made island in Perth's Swan River.
Planning Minister John Day said locating the kiosk on the island would keep the building close to its original location, continue its important relationship with the Swan River, and celebrate many of the social and cultural values associated with the kiosk.
“Florence Hummerston Kiosk is a local landmark in Perth - its relocation to the island will once again give the building a prominent family-friendly setting and could see it become a popular destination in its own right,” Day said.
“In addition to relocating the kiosk, plans are also under way to incorporate a new children’s playground and public art on the island, while flexible future uses for the building are being considered to maximise opportunities for its public use.”
The original 1928 component of the kiosk was deconstructed earlier this year and has been put into storage until late in 2014 when works are expected to commence on carefully reconstructing the building.
Florence Hummerson Kiosk on Elizabeth Quay Island, courtesy Perth Now.
The Minister said, when positioned on the island, the kiosk would boast a landscape setting and views across the inlet and back to the city skyline. The project would demonstrate the value of heritage interpretation in urban renewal.
“Elizabeth Quay is one of a number of major projects being undertaken by the State Government which are transforming our city and creating a network of exciting new destinations to attract people of all ages, at all times of the year,” he said.
“Together with the Perth City Link, Perth Cultural Centre and Riverside developments, these projects will change the face of Perth and ensure we can adequately accommodate for our growing population.”