About CHOGM 2011
World leaders in Perth
Western Australia was the focus of world political debate as Perth hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2011) from 28-30 October.
Leaders from more than 50 countries, representing more than one-quarter of the world's nations and two billion people, met to discuss global and Commonwealth issues such as international peace and security, health, the environment and democracy.
Perth and Western Australia played host to more than 4,000 CHOGM 2011 visitors, including Presidents and Prime Ministers, their foreign ministers, key business people, journalists and community and youth leaders.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened CHOGM on Friday 28 October.
A CHOGM 2011 Taskforce, with responsibility for the administrative and logistical arrangements for the meeting, was established within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Western Australian Government supported the Australian Government Taskforce with the provision of key services including event security, health and emergency services and traffic management.
Improved facilities for WA
The principal meeting venue for CHOGM 2011 was the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) with the Leaders' Retreat — the centrepiece of CHOGM — being held in Kings Park.
Government-owned facilities in Kings Park were expanded to accommodate the Leaders' Retreat, and to create a memorable meeting experience for the Commonwealth leaders and a long-term asset for the local community. Works were also undertaken at the adjacent Botanical Cafe.
Something for everyone
CHOGM is about much more than simply a meeting of leaders. The Western Australian Government planned a number of artistic, cultural and sporting events to coincide with CHOGM 2011 and there was plenty of opportunities for community members to join the celebrations.
With the announcement of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's attendance, detailed planning was stepped-up. The public had the chance to see them during the event.
The first day of the meeting on Friday 28 October was declared a public holiday with free travel on the Transperth network to allow anyone who is interested to participate in celebrations.
A number of public activities happened in the Perth CBD on this day and general retailers in the Perth Special Trading Precinct were able to trade from 8am to 9pm.
Arts and culture
An eight-day $2.45 million arts and culture festival was staged alongside CHOGM 2011.
The Commonwealth Festival, which includes $1.45 million Lotterywest funding and $1 million from the Western Australian Government, ran from 23 to 30 October.
The emphasis of the Commonwealth Festival was on impressive, free family activities for the Western Australian community while also showcasing Perth to CHOGM visitors.
A vibrant line-up of outdoor concerts, world class exhibitions, art, films, street theatre, fireworks and over 70 free activities was revealed with the launch of the Commonwealth Festival Perth program.
A key element of the festival was four days of activity and entertainment in the Perth Cultural Centre from 26 to 29 October when it become the 'Peoples Space'.
For more Festival information go to: www.commonwealthfestival.com / Media Kit (as at 2011-Sep-7)
Another significant initiative, which was supported by the Western Australian Government, was a project by Nomad Two Worlds to develop a public art exhibition showcasing the cultural diversity of Western Australia.
The project featured photographs of West Australians born in each of the 53 Commonwealth countries attending CHOGM.
The exhibition was installed in the city during the lead-up to CHOGM.
Perth hosted two international netball matches, featuring four of the top seven teams in the world, and an international hockey tournament in the week leading up to CHOGM.
The Western Australian and Australian Governments jointly funded the sporting events which started on Thursday 20 October with the hockey tournament involving teams from Australia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Malaysia.
The tournament was held at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley from Thursday 20 October to Sunday 23 October.
Two international netball matches, featuring some of the world's top players, was held on 23 October at the Burswood Dome.
Sixth ranked South Africa played seventh ranked Malawi prior to the Holden Netball Test Series fixture between the Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns. The netball matches were sold out.
For information about hockey tickets to www.hockey.org.au/.
The Constitutional Centre of WA conducted a schools program aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the Commonwealth and the role of CHOGM.
More than 20,000 students from 270 WA schools registered for the Schools CHOGM program.
Another project, the Student CHOGM was held at the PCEC from 26 to 27 September.
For more information go to www.ccentre.wa.gov.au.
How will CHOGM 2011 affect you?
There was some disruption in and around Perth during the last week in October, culminating in the Leaders' meeting from 28 to 30 October.
The Australian and Western Australian governments worked together to minimise where possible the impact on normal city operations. As a result, the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday changed from Monday 3 October to Friday 28 October to minimise disruption.
Some CBD roads were affected during the CHOGM weekend.
For detailed and up to date roads and traffic information, visit Main Roads, call Main Roads' contact centre on 138 138 or subscribe to Main Roads' Twitter account at www.twitter.com/Transperth.
There was no street parking permitted on Adelaide and St Georges Terraces and Malcolm Street or one block back along adjoining streets, from late Thursday 27 October until late Sunday 30 October. The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre car park was also closed.
CBD residents, retailers and workers with car parks accessed via Adelaide and St Georges Terraces and adjoining streets, continued to have access to their parking. However, as these roads were to be closed during specific times, no vehicle movements were permitted while dignitary movements and road closures were in place.
Anyone who wished to enter or exit car parks via the terraces or adjoining streets were asked to plan their journey in advance around the times these streets were open. Actual times were published closer to the event.
Roads to and from the airports were not closed, although traffic encountered brief delays due to the passage of motorcades.
CBD residents were able to enter and leave their buildings at all times on foot. Businesses, retailers, staff and customers also had pedestrian access to buildings at all times. However pedestrian movement across Adelaide and St Georges Terraces was restricted during the movement of motorcades. If for some reason this restricted normal access and caused concern, calls to the WA Police CHOGM Information Line on 1800-227-792 were advised.
This information would have helped you make alternative plans. It was recommended that appointments and arrangements be scheduled around the times these streets are open.
Businesses and retailers were encouraged to consult with suppliers, contractors and building managers regarding any changes that were required.
Detailed and up to date service information was available at Transperth, Transperth's contact centre on 13 62 13 or subscriptions to Transperth's Twitter service at www.twitter.com/Transperth.
More than a meeting of leaders
CHOGM 2011 was preceded by a number of parallel events — the Commonwealth Business Forum, Commonwealth Youth Forum and Commonwealth People's Forum.
Essential CHOGM 2011 websites
Tourism Western Australia - CHOGM: www.westernaustralia.com/chogm
Official website: www.chogm2011.org / chogm2011.org
Latest News: www.chogm2011.org/Resources/Latest_News
Commonwealth Festival: www.commonwealthfestival.com/
Commonwealth Foundation: www.commonwealthfoundation.com/
Sport: Hockey / Netball
Traffic Management: Schedule as at 2011-07-22
Main Roads: Twitter Traffic Updates
Main Roads: CHOGM and Road closure information
WA Police: CHOGM Information