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Strong support for UWA city campus

The City of Perth is in the exploratory phase of establishing a Perth CBD undergraduate campus in an attempt to revitalise the East Perth precinct.

Posting to his Facebook, Member for Perth John Carey, identified Royal Perth Hospital’s unused heritage buildings as a potential location for “UWA to shift their music and architecture.”

Mr Carey said the plan “was more important than Elizabeth Quay or Yagan Square.”

Many of Royal Perth hospital’s heritage buildings are unused. Photo: Samuel Maclean.

The heritage buildings are less than a five-minute walk from the McIver train station and are surrounded by dozens of local restaurants, bars and cafes.

According to property analyst, Damian Stone, location is not an issue.

“No matter what university of our major four, they could obviously buy it. There is space in heritage buildings or in privately owned commercial office buildings. I think given the universities there and private colleges in the area, combined with the availability of residential apartments, the eastern corridor is probably the best location for a university in the CBD,” he said.

Jo Moorehouse, owner of the Bella Gina café, also sees no drawbacks to the idea.

“I think it’s good for everybody.

“It’s like when there’s an event on in town, especially when at the new stadium, we all get so much more business from it because the hotels are full and there’s so many more people and obviously with a uni it would be the same thing,” she says.

Bella Gina cafe is just one of the dozens of small businesses which line Hay St. Photo: Samuel Maclean.

Ms Moorehouse also believes the area needs younger residents.

“Living around here it tends to be an older demographic. The younger people, there’s an international college just up the road and we probably get most the young people from that college,” she says.

Mr Stone shares that view.

“The key part of the university is bringing people back into the city.

“We need people during the day who can go to the cafes, go to the restaurants, go to the take away food places, maybe have a drink after school or work. It adds vitality back into the city so adding a university campus with X amount of students is only a positive for the city.”

Listen to Jo Moorehouse talking about having more uni students in her area.