The City of Perth council has agreed to look into a proposal that would see Perth construct one of 100 walkways in the main cities of the Commonwealth’s 71 nations and territories over the next four years.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said Her Majesty the Queen had given the United Kingdom’s Outdoor Trust permission to create the walkways in cities marked with her personal Royal cypher.
“The proposal in Perth is for a 10 kilometre walkway on existing footpaths and trails which starts at Government House St Georges Terrace and connects many of the City’s highlights,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“The inclusion of Indigenous history, the needs of different people with different abilities, and the values and principles of the Commonwealth will be an important consideration for a walkway route.”
It is proposed that the 100 walkways to be created across 71 countries will thread together 10,000 of the most significant highlights of the Commonwealth.
Each highlight will be marked permanently with a large bronze plaque which displays the Queen’s personal EIIR Royal cypher.
An electronic beacon under each marker will interface with Smart Phones to pick up images, text and video explaining the importance of the particular feature and promoting the principles and values of the Commonwealth.
“At the start of each walk a permanent embossed metal interpretation panel, similar to those already installed by the Trust outside Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament London will be set in the ground illustrating the route, key points of interest and the relevance to the Commonwealth,” Ms Scaffidi said.
“One example of a walk already created is the Jubilee walkway which was the first urban trail in the World, connecting many of London’s key attractions, and is a permanent memorial to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee unveiled by Her Majesty on 9 June 1977.”
Ms Scaffidi said the City would conduct further conversations on the Perth proposal with the UK Outdoor Trust, and will report to council later this year.