Pop up Square concept is being trialled in the City of Subiaco. Photo – Canva.
  • City of Subiaco and RAC WA are aiming to activate a new pop-up community 'square'
  • RAC’s $1 million Reconnect WA initiative funds local governments to deliver community-based projects
  • It launches on 25 March and is planned to end on Sunday 9 May

The Perth western suburb of Subiaco has been through quite a bit over the past few years.

Having lost the AFL footy ground (‘Subi Oval’ as was) to the brand new $1.6B Optus stadium, and the Children’s Hospital moving to a $1.2B new one in Nedlands, things were on a low ebb at Subi’s eastern quarter. The iconic Vic pub shut up shop, and business for lease signs became the order of the day.

With the massive Subiaco One complex now rising above where the old Subiaco Markets once were, and the hip and trendy Vibe Hotel complete, there’s a new buzz around Rokeby Road and the western end.

Which only made the recent five-week closure of Hay Street all the more galling for all concerned. Thankfully, a few hours after The Property Tribune broke the story on Wednesday, one lane was re-opened.

Pop-up Square

Meanwhile, the City of Subiaco and RAC WA (through its Reconnect WA initiative) are aiming to activate a new pop-up community space along a stretch of Churchill Avenue, which runs into the main shopping strip of Rokeby Road.

RAC’s $1 million Reconnect WA initiative funds local governments to deliver community-based projects which change the look and feel of streets and public spaces.

A temporary ‘square’ will come into existence over six weeks and will feature events, music, light projections, workshops, an art project and mini-golf, among other attractions.

RAC Group Executive Social and Community Impact Patrick Walker said RAC is proud to support the project.

“We are very excited to partner with the City of Subiaco through our Reconnect WA initiative to create a new and vibrant place where locals and visitors can relax, connect and socialise.

“The six-week project is inspired by feedback from the local community and we hope it will help lay the foundations for longer-term changes which support safer, sustainable and connected communities.”

Patrick Walker, RAC Group Executive Social and Community Impact

Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said Subiaco Pop-up Square was a welcome initiative.

“Our community asked for a project like this through our Place Plan and we’ve listened,” she said.

It’s the old town square concept, with a new 21st-century twist. The pop-up square launches on 25 March and will run through to Sunday 9 May.

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