But there is a rather large catch:Heirisson Island is set to be transformed into an inner-city hub of activity with new access bridges, a sculpture park and an amphitheatre, according to a draft master plan released by the City of Perth.
The council last night approved the plan that will focus on the south-west section of the island.
It includes a pedestrian/cycle bridge connecting the island with Point Fraser in the north and McCallum Park in the south.
Will this include an additional bridge on the other side, as specified in the State Government's Capital City Planning Framework to connect the island also to South Perth? I hope so.However, the project will need significant State Government funds to go ahead.
According to the planner's report, the State Government has indicated support for the island revamp and will consider spending about $5 million on infrastructure and landscaping. But the proposed pedestrian/cycle bridge, which planners point to as the "critical first step" remains unfunded.
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the council hoped the State Government would also fund the bridge.