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The Perth Cultural Centre is located north of the Perth Central Business District, linking the District to the Northbridge entertainment area. It is within walking distance of the Perth Train Station and Wellington Street Bus Station, which links the Cultural Centre to the greater metropolitan area via public transport.
The Perth Cultural Centre is home to a number of Perth’s cultural institutions: Western Australian Museum, Alexander Library, State Records, Old Perth Gaol, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). With recent regeneration efforts, the Perth Cultural Centre has begun to function as a hub of diverse activity.
Prior to redevelopment, the Perth Cultural Centre was in a period of decline and perceived by many to be an unsafe area; a place to avoid in the evening.
The East Perth Redevelopment Authority, now the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, was tasked with the regeneration of the area. A number of place making and urban design initiatives resulted in positive health and wellbeing impacts.
The initiatives included:
The short-term program budget to revitalise the Perth Cultural Centre was $11 million. In total over $35 million has been spent by the State government, through the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Culture and the Arts.