Design proposals for street infrastructure to be approved by City of Bayswater CEO

Bayswater mobile parklet. Picture: David Baylis
Bayswater mobile parklet. Picture: David Baylis

BAYSWATER Council has given its chief executive the authority to approve proposed designs and locations of street infrastructure from community groups and businesses.

At last month’s council meeting, the council unanimously supported Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt’s motion to allow chief executive Andrew Brien approve the design, colour, theme and location of street furniture and infrastructure.

The motion aimed to encourage activation and placemaking initiatives and reduce red tape.

Infrastructure included, but was not limited to, bins and bin surrounds, seating, bicycle racks, planters, parklets, bus shelters, public art and utility cabinets.

Officers said the infrastructure theme for the Maylands, Bayswater and Morley town centres were based on a historic theme.

They indicated the City would now be able to implement activation initiatives more quickly.

Cr Ehrhardt said the City’s place managers were the “coalface” with the community and businesses.

“It is not really something that I see councillors should be spending time discussing types of street furniture and various bits and pieces,” she said.

“The way that this was brought to my attention was basically through the place managers.

“This gives the flexibility and also reduces waiting for it to come to council for a decision.”

Cr Lorna Clarke questioned whether community consultation would still be in place.

Corporate and strategy director Carissa Bywater said if a project was not addressed by another policy and it did not require community engagement, then the decision would be made by the delegated authority rather than council.