Premier Colin Barnett has announced the Perth waterfront development will be named Elizabeth Quay in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee year.
Mr Barnett said the name was a fitting tribute after the royal visit last year for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
“More than 100,000 people came to see The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh during the Big Aussie Barbecue on the Esplanade last year so it is only fitting that the area which is currently being transformed into an exciting and inclusive precinct for all West Australians should honour The Queen,” Mr Barnett said.
The Premier said the name would provide a significant link to the State’s heritage.
“While the Waterfront project itself is a demonstration of the State Government’s commitment to embracing WA’s future.”
The announcement comes ahead of the celebration of the first WA Day next Monday.
“Perth is maturing as a city and developing an exciting identity while continuing to treasure its rich heritage,” he said.
Mr Barnett and Planning Minister John Day marked the start of construction on the $440 million project on 10ha of prime riverfront land.
Works to construct the 2.7ha inlet are scheduled to start in late 2012 with all the public realm and inlet works on track for completion in mid-2015.