This is the result of the "Save the Guildford Hotel - Sock It To 'Em" campaign. This is just a small segment of the fence.
A sign on the opposite side of the street says: "If you think it stinks that the Guildford Hotel is still without a roof, two years after the fire, express your frustration and disgust and tie a sock onto the fence outside the hotel. September 1st is the second anniversary of the fire so let's make it Socktember. Thanks for your support."
The Guildford Hotel is a beautiful historic hotel which was gutted by a fire in September 2008. We keep hearing about plans for restoration but nothing is happening. Meanwhile, without a roof, the beautiful wooden panels, staircases, etc are being ruined by the weather. It dates back to 1883 and it is heritage-listed.
The funny thing is that there have been quite a number of heritage-listed buildings in Perth which have been the subject of similar mysterious fires. Typically, the owners will apply to do renovations, the Heritage Council will knock them back, or put lots of obstacles in their way, then there is a mysterious fire when there is nobody on the premises and nobody is hurt, but the damage is so substantial that the building has to be renovated anyway - or demolished, with the result that the owners can redevelop the land. It's the strangest phenomenon (LOL).