Bayswater seeks funds to activate town centre

Bayswater town centre. Picture: Kristie Lim.
Bayswater town centre. Picture: Kristie Lim.

THE State Government has been called on to help keep the Bayswater town centre active during station upgrade works.

Works are expected to start later this year and last for two years.

The City of Bayswater now wants the State Government to contribute $534,000 to its plan to retain and increase visitors to the town centre.

The plan includes making better use of laneways, marketing and a community space created by Bayswater Community Financial Services on Whatley Crescent for promotional activities.

Long table dinners, creative lighting projects, vintage and heritage markets, greening, outdoor acoustic music nights, festivals, art installations, outdoor film and sport nights are proposed for the laneway between Whatley Crescent and King William Street.

Bayswater train station. Picture: Kristie Lim.

The City will promote initiatives, events, competitions, vouchers and signage highlighting key locations and businesses.

The City, community groups, Bayswater Community Financial Services and businesses are contributing about $880,000 to the plan.

Community groups Future Bayswater, Baysie Rollers and the Bayswater Historical Society will help with volunteer hours, event management, professional services and business support.

Mayor Dan Bull and chief executive Andrew Brien will lobby Planning and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker for support.

Cr Bull said the City’s place managers were working with local businesses, community groups and creatives on how to minimise the impact of the construction works.

“We’ve seen great results from the implementation of our Bayswater Town Centre Place Activation Plan over the past two years and it’s vital that this continues,” he said,

“We are calling on the State Government to ensure the Bayswater town centre continues to thrive.

“We plan to give people more reasons than ever to visit the Bayswater town centre with events, art installations, laneway activation, destination marketing and the creation of a shared community work space.”

A concept image of the Bayswater train station upgrade.

Ms Baker previously raised the need for place activation in the town centre with Ms Saffioti.

“Applicants for the Bayswater station upgrade contract will need to address a business engagement strategy criteria,” she said.

“The details of this, and how local businesses are supported during construction, will be investigated in more detail through the procurement process.

“During construction, I hope to see access maintained as much as possible for locals and visitors to frequent their local shops.

“There will also be a lot of workers around in the area, we will be encouraging them to shop at local businesses.”

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