WEST Australian Planning Minister John Day last week said the design and construction of three food and beverage outlets had been included in the Elizabeth Quay works program, with expressions of interest now being sought from 'high calibre' operators.
Mr Day said one of the main entrances on the west of Elizabeth Quay will have a venue for casual and alfresco dining overlooking an interactive water playground. A two-storey venue on the eastern promenade will also provide opportunities for waterfront and rooftop dining.
A third restaurant venue would be the reconstructed Florence Hummerston Kiosk, which is expected to be one of the key elements of the island along with gardens, children's playground and public art.
"Providing a landing point for the new bridge across the inlet - and a major part of recreating the 'bridges' walking and cycling route around the river - the island will be a popular place for people to admire and photograph Perth's skyline and a welcome spot for leisure and relaxation," Mr Day said.
"It will feature a children's playground and jetty to accommodate seasonal mooring of the replica Duyfken ship, with the original 1928 kiosk transformed to a new venue that caters for families, visitors and tourists."
Mr Day said the $2.6 billion Elizabeth Quay project was an important part of a bold plan by the State Government to transform Perth and reconnect the CBD with the Swan River. Construction is already underway and the public realm is expected to open in spring 2015.
When complete, the 10 hectare site is expected to feature 800 apartments, 400 hotel rooms, 200,000 square metres of commercial space and 25,000 square metres of retail space.
The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has appointed a leasing and property management agent to assist with seeking operators to lease the three food and beverage outlets and manage any pop-up facilities and mobile vendors around the inlet
More information is available from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority's Elizabeth Quay website at <http://www.elizabethquay.wa.gov.au/>.