In April 2018, we partnered with more than 1,000 community members and stakeholders to shape the future of the Kal City Centre. This process unearthed what was needed to return the city’s main streets to a thriving heart of economic, cultural and physical activity. 

In August 2018, we translated your ideas into a vision for the future, and captured them in a Place Plan, setting out the overall city centre philosophy and precincts. 

In January 2019, we decided which precincts should be funded with the available $16 million budget. Then, in December 2019 we tasked ASPECT Studios with turning the community engagement work by element, into detailed designs for construction. 

In June 2020, the SCHEMATIC DESIGNS were finalised and approved. These designs provide the creative template for the three development areas: 

  • St Barbara’s Square: The civic heart for activity, dining and events, including water play, misting, lighting, performance space, and a major shade canopy;
  • St Barbara’s Laneway: A junior play space and alfresco area including soft landscape areas, play sculptures, and new toilets to replace the existing St Barbara’s toilets; and
  • The Laneway: A new urban plaza and entertainment precinct including a renewed retail interface, small events space, nature play, and building projection.

We’ll now be moving towards construction within six months. The tender for construction will be released to the marketplace in August 2020, and tender due to be awarded by December 2020.


The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the project’s driving force, taking it to the streets to collect ideas and listen to community feedback. Right across its workforce, the City is fully committed to the success of the project and will play a pivotal role in securing investment to translate the plan into action.


element (formerly TPG+Place Match) brings decades of experience in transforming city centres across WA. They will stand alongside the City throughout the community engagement process and analyse and distill insights to lead the creation of a new vision and plan for the city centre, sparking fresh beginnings.

ASPECT Studios Pty Ltd

ASPECT Studios Pty Ltd are an internationally awarded design firm with a reputation for delivering excellence in landscape architecture and sustainable urban design. Their carefully selected team of creative and technical professionals will bring our community’s ideas to life in designs for construction.


We Are Here

Stages One to Four

March 2018 to March 2019
We listened to your ideas for the City Centre’s future, we transformed them into a new plan, and we developed a suite of strategic directions to bring our City Centre back to life.

Stage Five – Detailed Design

August 2019 to December 2020
We’ll appoint key project staff, as well as a firm, to progress our plans into working drawings, specifications, detailed cost estimates and procurement plans for construction.

Stage Six – Activations and Project Opportunities

We’ll continue to involve the community in activations of City Centre areas as well as seeking out local procurement prospects, including Aboriginal participation opportunities.

Stage Seven – Project Management and Construction

January 2021 to February 2022
We’ll determine the final development areas, timeframes and project management framework, and appoint a construction firm to carry out the build.

Then the physical work begins. Along the way of course we’ll be working closely with businesses, property owners and tenants to minimise interruptions and maximise outcomes.


What about Aboriginal Economic Development opportunities?

We recognise the need for genuine collaborative processes, entrepreneurial opportunities and a clear cultural positioning for the City Centre. We want to hear from Aboriginal businesses who are interested in working with us to make it happen.


What stage is the project at?

We are now in the Schematic Design and Costing stage. After many months of site investigations and civil engineering studies, the Schematic Designs has now been finalised. We’ll then need to tender the works for construction which is due for advertisement in August 2020, with tender appointment due to be awarded in December 2020.

What are the project stages?

  • Stage One – Community Engagement and Schematic Design (Complete)
  • Stage Two – Schematic Design and Costing
  • Stage Three – Construction and Contract Administration

Which areas will be designed; what will they look like?

There will be three development areas; St Barbara’s Square, St Barbara’s Laneway and The Laneway.

The designs are based on the community-led place plan developed in August 2018 and reflect the key themes of a hand built city, (re)discovery, and catalyst.

How were the design areas selected?

The design areas were selected through the Place Plan, which defined the overall City Centre philosophy and precincts.

The precincts were then chosen based on the collective community view that they were priority areas for development, and those most likely to be progressed with current available funding.

Additional precincts may be integrated in time, subject to future investment decisions.

What changes will be happening to the streets; what areas will be accessible for everyone?

All precincts will feature “people first” zones but the extent of which is yet to be determined. No decision has been reached on any street closures which will be subject to cost assessments and detailed considerations.

Who is designing it?

ASPECT Studios Pty Ltd were appointed as the detailed design firm on 25 November 2019. ASPECT are an internationally awarded firm specialising in public realm projects. Their past projects include Perth’s Yagan Square and Sydney’s Barangaroo South.

How will businesses be impacted or disrupted?

There will be limited interruption to businesses during the design stage of the project.

The City will work closely with local businesses, property owners and tenants to minimise interruptions during the construction stage, to communicate what works will be taking place, how long they will take and what areas will be affected.

When will the construction take place?

Construction is likely to commence early-2021.

How will the City deter crime from occurring in the City Centre?

Working alongside the designs are a number of place activation initiatives to ensure the area will be regularly programmed with activity. In addition, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design has been integrated into the design principles.

What considerations are being made for Disability Access?

We are working to ensure the Project improves access and promotes inclusivity. The Project Design has been developed in line with relevant legislation and requirements. Various features such as the ground level water play area and additional shade have been accommodated. The project will also feature a Changing Places facility to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities and their carers.

How will the Project be tendered? How can local businesses get involved?

We are advocating for local businesses to supply goods and services for the Project. If you haven’t already, please register your business on the City’s Tenderlink portal to receive ongoing tender alerts: https://www.ckb.wa.gov.au/Doing-Business/Tenders-,-Quotations-Purchasing/Tenders-Quotations

How can I contribute to the transformation?

Community members can get involved in the City Centre transformation by helping us to increase early economic opportunities through participation in or hosting, place and activation activities over the coming months.

Interested local people or community organisations should contact hello@kalcitycentre.com.au