More than 20,000 lights were switched on to light up Council House last night in what is the first of six city sites to be illuminated under a plan to make the city brighter and more attractive after-hours.
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The energy-efficient lighting in red, green and blue, which cost the City of Perth $1.08 million to install, will be turned on initially between 7pm and 1am daily.
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Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said yesterday that Council House on St Georges Terrace was an appropriate building to start the illumination project, given its prominent inner-city location and intricate and well-recognised facade.
"Council House is now a heritage-listed building and we are very proud to be showing it in a new light," Ms Scaffidi said.
"The people of Perth told us that they would like to see more well-lit icons to help enhance the city in the evenings."
The other sites to be lit up are the Perth Town Hall, Trafalgar Bridge in East Perth, Edith Cowan Memorial near Kings Park, Victoria Avenue and Mounts Bay Road trees.
Passengers have been stopped in their tracks during the busy school holiday period as Jetstar, Virgin and Tigerair grounded services.