Perth Australia Temple
106th operating temple
Physical Address163–173 Wordsworth Avenue
Yokine, Western Australia 6060
Mailing Address178 Virgil Avenuet
Yokine, WA 6060
Telephone: (61) 08-9276-0000
Fax: (61) 08-9276-0014
Announcement: 11 June 1999
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 20 November 1999 by Kenneth Johnson
Public Open House: 28 April–12 May 2001
Dedication: 20 May 2001 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Exterior Finish: Italian Olympia white granite.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 10,700 square feet.
Being over 1,400 miles away from its closest major city (Adelaide) and having made trips equivalent to the distance from Los Angeles to New York to attend the temple in Sydney, the Perth Australia Temple is a blessing indeed. Property adjacent to the Dianella Stake Centre in Yokine (a suburb about 6 miles north of Perth) was acquired for construction of the temple. The temple serves 6,865 members from four stakes and the Australia Perth Mission.
Elder Kenneth Johnson, first counselor in the Australia/New Zealand Area Presidency, presided over the groundbreaking of the Perth Australia Temple. During his remarks, Elder Johnson noted that temples have only been constructed when the Lord has instructed His prophets to do so; "man cannot assume that opportunity, God has to assign it." Elder Johnson also quoted from letters of congratulations received from Major Michael Jeffrey, governor of Western Australia, and Richard Court, premier of Western Australia.
Govenor Jeffrey wrote, "I have no doubt that the temple will contribute to the growth and stability of the Church here. But more importantly it will contribute to the growth and stability of members and their families. This is the most significant step forward since the Church was established in Western Australia 103 years ago and I congratulate you all on reaching this important and exciting milestone."
Premier Court was equally positive. "The significant growth of the membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the world is accompanied by the growing respect and influence for good in the Western Australian community," he wrote. "Now at the end of the 20th Century an important extension of the work and witness of the Church is about to be built in Perth."
Stake president, Adrian S. Palm, said, "It was thrilling to see so many friends of the Church participate in the groundbreaking service. I was overwhelmed with a real sense of brotherhood. The influence of the temple is already touching lives." (Church News, 4 December 1999).