News Release Transport Minister Dean Nalder
16 April 2014
Infrastructure: $249 million Perth CBD busport work begins
The CBD skyline is undergoing a radical change – the advertising tower on the Perth City Link site is being demolished, resulting in an unobstructed view from Perth to Northbridge for the first time in almost a century.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the recognisable structure on the corner of William and Wellington streets was built in 1994, to replace a water tower built on the same site.
“The demolition of this final piece of infrastructure on the Perth City Link site marks the first time in decades the people of Perth will have an unrestricted view from one side of the site to the other,” Mr Nalder said.
When the advertising tower is pulled down it will mark the end of major demolition works on the site and the start of piling to construct the underground walls of the new busport.
“About 4,000m of concrete piles will be laid, and 90,000 cubic metres of earth will be moved to make way for the state-of-the-art Perth Busport. In addition, 22,000 cubic metres of concrete – about nine Olympic-size swimming pools – will be poured during the project,” the Minister said.
Mr Nalder said sinking the Fremantle rail line and now the bus station would fundamentally transform the centre of Perth and connect the city and Northbridge precincts.
The Perth Busport is being funded by the State Government ($237million) and the City of Perth ($12million).