Green light for ‘Old Salt’ Swan River event barge

The Swan River is set to have another attraction for Western Australians and visitors to enjoy, with the McGowan Labor Government approving the development of a floating barge event venue about 400 metres from Elizabeth Quay.

The 250-patron-capacity barge will complement the surrounding venues and landscapes on the Swan River through its modest and minimalist design. Events will include weddings and corporate functions, cinema nights, private seminars and workshops, as well as various breakfast and brunch options.

Old Salt Pty Ltd lodged an application with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, which was then referred to relevant government agencies and local governments. Public submissions were also sought during a four-week period.

Old Salt has proposed to transfer patrons between Barrack Square and the barge using a dedicated transfer vessel. Strict environmental conditions relating to noise and waste management have been applied to the approval.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"The Swan River is renowned for its natural beauty and cultural and recreational significance.

"This Government supports quality proposals that enhance the Swan River as a key attraction for locals and visitors, while still protecting its ecological and community values.

"It will be a drawcard and another option for visitors and locals to enjoy our magnificent Swan River.

"It will also complement Elizabeth Quay and help with the activation of the Perth foreshore."

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

"I welcome any new venture that adds to Perth's vibrancy and offers visitors more choice of activities while they're here.

"The more buzz there is about the city, the more likely people are to visit and the more there is to do, the longer they'll stay.

"The Swan River event barge is another example of the confidence business people have in the future hospitality and tourism growth of Perth."