Maylands: New multi-purpose seats installed along Eighth Avenue

Community expert Bernie Christison of Maylands and City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull using the new seating in Eighth Ave in Maylands. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au  d486926
Community expert Bernie Christison of Maylands and City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull using the new seating in Eighth Ave in Maylands. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d486926

RESIDENTS visiting the Maylands Town Centre can now benefit from upgraded multi-purpose seating outside common locations along Eighth Avenue.

Last month, the City of Bayswater replaced existing benches with modern box seats and traditional seats with backs and armrests for older residentrs.

This forms part of the City’s revitalisation project, which also involved upgrading street bins, installing planter boxes filled with trees and greenery, improving the median strip and road resurfacing.

Maylands resident Bernie Christison, who helped the council identify the locations for the seats, said he received positive feedback from pensioners, people with disabilities and other residents.

“There are three places here (on Eighth Avenue) that 95 per cent of people use all the time – that is the medical centre which has a physiotherapist, the chemist and the post office,” he said.

“Once they come here, they want to sit and talk to their friends and then they go over the road and have a coffee.”

Mayor Dan Bull said it was important to seek the community’s input on how they wanted to revitalise the town centre.

“With more than 15 per cent of Bayswater residents aged 65 and over, creating age-friendly public places in our City is more important than ever,” he said.

“Placemaking is only successful when it is led by the community and the reason for these seats is directly because of feedback from people like Bernie who are down here day-in, day-out and know it better than anyone.”

More upgrades to Eighth Avenue are expected to be completed over the next few months.