City of Bayswater: seven community groups to get say on town plan

City of Bayswater: seven community groups to get say on town plan

REPRESENTATIVES from seven selected community groups will help inform the creation of a Bayswater town centre structure plan.

The structure plan, being put together by TPG, is set to guide future development in the Bayswater town centre.

At a City of Bayswater meeting held last week, the council endorsed the community and stakeholder engagement plan for the preparation of the structure plan.

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Part of the engagement strategy includes the formation of a community advisory group that will include |eight residents, two businesses and representatives from seven community groups.

Bayswater City Residents Association, Bayswater Village Traders Association, Bayswater Historical Society, Bayswater Deserves Better, Bayswater Urban Tree Network, Future |Bayswater and Baysie Rollers were |selected.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the structure plan would pave the way for the Bayswater town centre to be a community-friendly space with attractive alfresco areas, shopping, dining and |entertainment.

“We are also working with the State Government to see how best we can |integrate the Bayswater train station into the town centre,” he said.

“We want to have an open discussion with our community about their expectations for the future of the centre, how its unique characteristics can be preserved and enhanced and how the centre can accommodate an increased level of activity and a larger local population.”

Councillor Dan Bull said he supported the strategy as it had taken a year to get to this point.

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates queried whether groups such as Bayswater Collective or Bayswater Senior Citizens Centre could be involved, but City planning and development services director Des Abel said the group was getting too large and seven community groups was the limit.