Community groups back town centre activation

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

COMMUNITY groups and stakeholders have backed Bayswater Council’s push for funding to activate the Bayswater town centre.

The council is asking the State Government to provide $534,000 towards a plan to make better use of laneways through events, lighting, greenery and art and use a community space for promotional activities.

Groups including Future Bayswater, Baysie Rollers and the Bayswater Historical Society alongside the Bayswater Community Financial Services, the organisation that run Bendigo Bank are on board with the plan.

The plan aims to bring visitors to the town centre during the station upgrade works.

Here are their views on the plan:

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank in Bayswater. Picture: Kristie Lim.

“The creation of a joint co-working and community meeting space in the town centre will give people a purpose to come into Bayswater during the upcoming period of disruption, which will hopefully help keep up
trade for local businesses.

“We are keen to keep exploring this partnership with council and will continue with our other activities that add to a vibrant town centre.” – Senior branch manager Sean Kay.

Future Bayswater

Future Bayswater’s headquarters. Picture: Kristie Lim.

“We hope this laneway activation will reverse the little investment years and improve business and social activity in the once vibrant high street.

“Future Bayswater would like to see the opening up of the laneway to connect directly with Bert Wright Park.

“Planning has to be underpinned by informed and active communities.” – Future Bayswater chairman Paul Shanahan.

Baysie Rollers

Baysie Rollers members. Picture: David Baylis

“Once we understood what the magnitude and impact of the construction of the new train station was going to be, particularly now with the decision around the Ellenbrook line, there is at least a four year, if not beyond, construction phase.

“So, that is really going to put some pressure on local businesses.

“I think it is really important that we do something to do what we can so they (businesses) can be viable for this period.

“We sat down (with the council) and brainstormed a range of ideas which have been included in the proposal.

“We have talked about things like long table dinners, a dance collaboration with the WA Ballet on the street, an indigenous festival, a film festival, an art festival and a small laneway music festival.“ – Baysie Rollers chairman David Lee

Bayswater Historical Society

TOP L-R: Lynn Deering (President, Bayswater Historical Society) and Branka Radanovich. BOTTOM L-R: Artist Denise Pepper and Mayor Dan Bull. Picture: David Baylis

“We at the society would like to see activity that compliments existing business, offers some revitalisation, innovation and revamps the town area that retains access for local people and attracts people
back into the space to explore opportunities socially and economically.

“Bayswater Historical Society has been using the rear of the Oxfam shop carpark as part of its heritage exhibitions and more recently as part of a studio for sculptural work by a local artist.

“As part of the activation, we have suggested concepts and ideas for revitalising the areas, including laneways, sculptural pop-up, community arts and cultural heritage strategies.” – Bayswater Historical Society president Lynn Deering

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