Melville City Centre

The Melville City Centre is one of the largest centres south of the Swan River, in the Perth Metropolitan area, and is the key Activity Centre in the City of Melville.

A new planning framework for the area, the Melville City Centre Structure Plan was developed, which provides for the Activity Centre’s transition over time from a shopping complex to a sophisticated mixed use city centre.

Apparatus was engaged to review the City of Melville’s public art processes and prepare the Melville City Centre Public Art Strategy, a public art strategy created specifically for the activity centre. The review report involved an audit of the City of Melville’s Public Art Policy and processes and provide recommendations to the administration about future improvements.

Through the Melville City Centre Public Art Strategy, the local government authority is ensured a coordinated approach to public art in the precinct, which will improve the amenity of the city centre and maximise public art relevance to site, value for money and community benefit.

The consultancy included analysing the Melville Community Planning Scheme, the Activity Centre Structure Plan and other planning documents, engaging stakeholders relevant to the activity centre.

Project Details


  • 2016
  • I have had the opportunity to work with the Apparatus team on a number of occasions over the years, both in developing strategies and masterplans for public art, and also in managing public art projects.

    Apparatus always strive for excellence and bring a wealth of industry experience, knowledge and relationships which ensures the very best outcomes for the projects at hand.

    Apparatus developed the Melville City Centre Public Art Strategy which provided a framework to implement a public art requirement for the Melville City Centre precinct. The strategy has resulted in many great outcomes for developments within the precinct.

    Apparatus curated the public art for the City of Stirling’s award winning $6.2m Bina Parkland project. Delivering a public art strategy for the parkland which incorporated many integrated elements and ensured the local community were engaged with at all stages throughout its development. The result is a much-loved series of artworks that celebration both our First Nations a culturally diverse communities.

    The team’s ability to think creatively and critically is well respected within the industry and her commitment to the development of West Australian artists is second to none.

    Helen is a leader within the arts and public arts space and is often my go to for good advice.

  • Julie Rosario
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