City of Bayswater to investigate merits of permanent event stage

City of Bayswater to investigate merits of permanent event stage

CITY of Bayswater residents could be seeing more concerts in their backyard after council moved to look at potential locations for a permanent event stage.

At a meeting held last week, council moved to investigate possible locations for permanent event stage structures as part of its 2017-21 corporate business plan.

In 2015, the City investigated a proposed stage facility attached to the existing toilet facilities at Riverside Gardens, which would cost $41,700.

Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, who put forward the motion, said a permanent stage would help showcase local talent such as the WA Ballet and WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Deputy Mayor Stephanie Coates said building a stage was “forward planning” and the City currently spent $15,000 on temporary event structures.

“A stage structure would pay for itself over time,” she said.

Cr Coates said when the stage was not being used for events, busking could occur or children could put on performances, which would help with the activation of the area.

Robert Thompson, Bardon Park and Riverside Gardens would be potential locations for a stage.

Cr Alan Radford voted against the motion.