Perth rallies to save city's waterfront

Rally to save Perth's foreshore, February 26. Photo: Alex Bainbridge

A rally to oppose the Western Australian government's plans to redevelop the Perth city foreshore attracted about 1000 people on February 26.

The Colin Barnett government plan would involve flooding the Esplanade and building large high rise developments on the new water's edge.

Speakers at the rally said there was no public consultation about the plan before it was presented, that the plan involves cutting Riverside Drive leaving only one east-west thoroughfare through the city and that the heritage value of the Esplanade will be ruined.

The video below is an interview with University of Western Australia history professor Jenny Gregory about the heritage aspects of the Esplanade based on her talk to the rally.