Smoke welcomes new kids’ hospital

The area surrounding the $1.2billion Perth Children’s Hospital has had a long tradition and association with healthcare and caring. “My great grandmother Nelly McGuire was born in King’s Park,” said Vaughan McGuire, who spoke at the first official opening event, an Indigenous welcoming ceremony, at the hospital on Thursday. “King’s Park, which we call Kaarta Gar-up in the Whadjuk Noongar language, is a special place and it’s great to see it will continue to be a place of healing.” The ceremony was held in an outdoor play area on level four which has sweeping views of King’s Park.

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“If this gets through, Subiaco’s dead.” That was the warning this week from Subiaco real estate agent Niki Peinke, responding to news that much of Subiaco is now in the government’s sights for high-density infill. The heritage-rich neighbourhoods around Daglish, Shenton Park and Subiaco stations, central Subiaco and Subi Centro are all likely to have to bear the brunt of the government push for higher density. Ms Peinke said the pro- posed rezoning could only be described as “desecration of our stunningly beautiful, rich, colourful and historic suburb – because if this gets through, it’s dead”.

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