Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Build it they will come, to Perth

I expect they would come and a chairlift running in Perth from Elizabeth Quay to Kings Park would be very successful and profitable. But how do people in Perth feel about it? Grace and Sami, state your views. I will guess that lovers of Kings Park are horrified at the thought (confirmed), lovers of Elizabeth Quay, less so.

Kings Park is an absolute delight. It sits up above the City of Perth at its south eastern corner. As you can see in my photo, the park offers great views of Perth. As a stand alone park, it is also wonderful, with the main ceremonial war memorial within its borders.


A proposed route for the chairlift runs from the quay to the eastern end of the park and then south west through the length of the park, with two boarding and alighting points within the park, as well as the park terminal. It would certainly be useful to get about the park and travel directly to the park from the quay.

Here is a picture of what the Elizabeth Quay terminal might look like, from The West Australian newspaper. Pretty ghastly, really, and if the artist's impression is bad, imagine the real thing.


I initially liked the idea but I have changed my mind. The impact of the stations in the park would be too much. If there could be a minimal and discreet terminus on the eastern edge of the park, maybe, and with minimalist pylons. Thinking further does the view from Kings Park towards the city really need pods floating across the skyline? I think not.

But as I said, it would be very successful. Err, so was leaded petrol and asbestos.

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  1. If its proposed, I guess they are awaiting some form of approval for the project? Looks like a lot of thought needs to be applied here.

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    1. Blogoratti, I doubt it will be approved. Like in your country we hear of these ideas all the time and often nothing happens.

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  2. I feel old and grumpy but sometimes progress and/or improvements aren't.

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    1. EC, change for the better is good. Just change, not necessarily so.

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  3. Meanwhile, in NSW and our 'build the motorways and we will clog them' Government is proposing to build (extend?) the F6 motorway through the Royal National Park.

    The RNP is a haven on the southern fringe of Sydney with the glorious history of being the second National Park to be declared anywhere in the world.

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    1. Victor, I really hope that does not go ahead. I also heard the the Tram Museum which runs its services into Royal National Park is under threat from the F6. I wonder if moving the museum from the Powerhouse to Parramatta died, as it should have?

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  4. A few years ago a chairlift was considered for between here on Tamborine Mountain to an area below on the outskirts of the Gold Coast. It was knocked on the head and never lifted off the ground!

    The chairlift/Skyrail between Kuranda and Smithfield (a northern suburb of Cairns) began operating around 1995, and it has proven to be very popular.

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    1. Lee, in some circumstances chairlifts are ok. I remember there were protests about the Skyrail and the pylons were lowered into place by helicopter. We have travelled up on it, train back.

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  5. Minimal and discreet terminus, yes, but that won't happen, so no. It may very well be handy and popular, but it will spoil the park for sure. And the views.

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    1. River. I agree with you.

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  6. The spousal unit and I lived in Perth for 2 years and loved every bit of it. I wept when we had to go back to the Eastern States, and not just because of the gorgeous Kings Park above the City. The beaches are brilliant

    But it was soooooo far away from my parents, expensive to fly and 3 hours behind in summer.

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    1. Hels, we were very impressed with Perth, but we would not like the summers.

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  7. Those chairlifts seem rather old fashioned. I think of them as Ski Resort necessities.

    An old friend of mine (a NZ'er) lived all over the world during his career, but when I asked him where he thought was the best place in the world to live, he replied PERTH. In fact he retired to here in France.

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    1. Cro, it is a lovely city and dare I say, it has the appearance of wealth. In fact I believe it is in quite some debt.

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  8. Umm not sure about it. They are not very pretty to look at but could be good for tourism.

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    1. Diane, for sure it would boost tourism, but to use the cliche, at what cost?

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  9. Lived in Perth for 2 years and half lived and worked there another 2-3 years after that.

    EQ lovers will love it but many are not EQ lovers. I am not. I say NO. Will be crass (a bit like EQ) and spoil KP.

    People in Perth need to preserve KP as a secluded area, convenient for dumping murder victims, murdering homeless people, etc.

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    1. Marcellous, Perth Daily Photo taker Grace was dead against Elizabeth Quay but as it developed, she came to like it. How it turns out after the highrise buildings appear remains to be seen. We too liked the Quay.

      Was KP as you describe in the 90s? Perth is still small enough to be shocked by a serious crime, well, as I observed in the local media when we were there.

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    2. I was there in the noughties.

      I was thinking of Corryn Rayney (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Corryn_Rayney ) and of a homeless person whose demise/discovery I can't track down right now for want of a name.

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    3. Marcellous, I vaguely remember the case. Quite interesting. We do know what it means when the police say, 'we have no further suspects'.

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  10. Crikey ..... Mum says ..... 'LEAVE PERTH ALONE!! It's perfect as is'. Or probably she should have said 'as was'? It's been a while since she's been there but she really liked it, A LOT!!!

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    1. Charlie, it really is a nice city. I await my Perth correspondents' views but I think I can guess.

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  11. NO! NO! NOoooooooo! I did read something about it ages ago but I thought it was just one of those things people talk about. It's a shocking idea and can't be compared to the cable car in Sydney that goes to the zoo.. this is not the zoo for gawds sake it's Kings Park, it's actually a very significant Aboriginal site too, I'm betting they would be even more upset than me. So now you know how I feel about it Andrew 😀😀

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    1. Grace, yes, I thought that was how you would you feel. I think Perthites would go into protest mode to prevent it being built.

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  12. P.s. have just signed a petition 😀 I really don't think it will come to anything. What we really need more is a train service from the airport to the city, that would be a much better use of funds!

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    1. Work has begun on your airport train line, with the building of the airport station started. 18 minutes to the city, impressive. I understand the chairlift was to be built with private money.

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  13. Chairlifts are very popular right now, but I think the trend will pass, the first time a cable snaps a lift is hit by lightning or someone falls and multiple people die, or somebody gets drunk on one and falls, just my thought on it.

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    1. I agree, Strayer. God knows we have already seen plenty of those moments. Pods in your views of a scenic area, bah.

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