PLANTER boxes, fairy lights an art exhibition and pavement signs: the City of Bayswater’s four town centres have started to be upgraded after place activation plans were approved last month.
Following the appointment of place managers and community consultation, council approved place activation plans for Maylands, Bayswater, Morley and Noranda and $29,000 of first stage upgrades for the 2017-18 budget.
In Bayswater, a heritage actor-led tour was approved and creation of a parklet and speaker’s corner, in Morley fairy lights on town centre trees and in Noranda colourful signage on footpaths.
In Maylands, the stage of enhancements include street and pavement design, an exhibition of local artists hosted by Studio 281 and Alex Maciver called SixZeroFiveOne, Maylands train station artwork and hopscotch and colourful paintings on footpaths.
Mayor Barry McKenna said council’s vision was to draw people to spaces were they could meet friends and linger awhile.
“Streetscape enhancements such as planter boxes and active shopfronts were earmarked as one of the major priorities in the City’s recently released activation plans for the town centres of Morley, Noranda, Maylands and Bayswater,” he said.
“If we instil a sense of pride in our town centres the flow on effect can only be positive.”
Morley and Noranda place manager Jennie Arts said the recently developed planter box guidelines would make it easier for business owners to install them and help beautify the town centres.
She said two jarrah planter boxes, constructed by the Bayswater Community Men’s Shed, showed that little improvements could make a difference to the area.
“In the activation plan for Morley, they wanted more greenery around, they wanted more flowers,” Ms Arts said.
“We need buskers, extra activity happening, but all these little things can make a change.”
Chatters Cafe and Restaurant owner David Tian Toh Hwee set up shop in Morley 16 years ago and said it had changed over time, mainly due to big development in the area.
“I want to see more activity, like events,” he said.
“It would attract more people to come here – they come here just to buy something.”