The support of the City of Perth is critical to the development of the Heirisson Island Sculpture Park. Management of the Island is vested in the City of Perth. Heirisson Island Sculpture Park Inc. appreciates its growing partnership with the City of Perth as both organisations are seeking to develop the Island for the benefit of West Australians and visitors.
The Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, is a member of the Board of Heirisson Island Sculpture Park Inc. Council officers also take part in the Committee's discussions as appropriate.
The City has been increasingly concerned by the under-utilisation of the Island, one of the largest areas of undeveloped land in any Central Business District in Australia. The growing residential communities of East Perth, Adelaide Terrace, the WACA precinct, the Burswood residential developments and population growth in Victoria Park are further emphasising Heirisson Island's importance to the local and wider community.
The Island is a 'gateway' entrance to Perth's Central Business District and the City recognises the significant local and international tourism possibilities for Heirisson Island. In 2008, the City adopted a Master Plan that included the sculpture park concept and proposed a footbridge across the river from Point Fraser to the Island.
Since the Master Plan was adopted by the Council, the City of Perth has made provisions in its future capital budgets for significant works on the Island. In early 2010, the City of Perth released an Expression of Interest document to national and international consultancies for the design of the footbridge across the northern channel of the Swan River.