Growers’ market funding tops Future Bayswater’s wish list

Future Bayswater's headquarters. Picture: Kristie Lim.
Future Bayswater's headquarters. Picture: Kristie Lim.

FUNDING for a proposed growers’ market is one of the key priorities for community group Future Bayswater during the Federal Election campaign.

The group was given in-kind support from Bayswater Council in February to launch the suburb’s first growers’ market at Bert Wright Park.

It is seeking funds for start-up costs.

Other funding priorities include funding for an eastern region digital enterprise innovation hub, streetscape plan for the town centre, laneway upgrades and a parking study.

“Significant road, parking and amenity changes are proposed in the Bayswater town centre as part of Metronet’s redevelopment of the Bayswater train station precinct that are beyond the capacity of local government to resource,” chairman Paul Shanahan said.

“The Bayswater Metronet junction is at the gateway to Perth’s eastern region that is also undergoing rapid expansion and growth the major capital investments, including the Forrestfield-Airport rail link, airport and road redevelopments, educational and health services investments and the intermodal freight terminal.

“Increasingly, the inner-city areas are becoming popular as a place to live, work and play, and Bayswater is no exception given its close proximity to the Perth CBD, Swan Valley, and major public transport routes.
“The challenge is transforming older urban centres and making them ready for regeneration and creating a destination with a vibrant active town centre.”

Mr Shanahan said the group was determined to facilitate local job creation by leveraging outcomes from the station upgrade.

Future Bayswater’s wish list
– Funding for the proposed Bayswater growers’ market
– Funding for eastern region digital enterprise innovation hub
– A local jobs creation strategy and support for small business
– Funding for the planning of the train station and surrounds
– Revitalising King William Street and Whatley Crescent by investing in a streetscape plan
– Support for affordable housing within 800m of the train station and key worker housing through ‘build to rent apartments’
– Laneway upgrades and piazza
– Creating a strategy to attract people on foot, bikes and train
– Investing in a traffic and parking
– Funding for electric vehicle charging stations in Bayswater.
– Utility services infrastructure (NBN/sewer/power/gas/water) in the town centre
– Reconnecting the town centre to the light industrial area via a CAT bus or dedicated bike path

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