Bringing new life to heart of Mt Hawthorn

The 22-year-old said his love and attachment to the area had only grown over time.

Now the youngest member of community group the Mt Hawthorn Hub, he is working to drive change and improve the town centre.

�It�s cool to make where you live more exciting and bring out its potential and Mt Hawthorn has so much untapped potential,� Mr Monisse said.

�I am a landscape architect and an urban designer, so I guess I am interested in the actual street and how that can influence people�s enjoyment of the space and whether they want to spend time in Mt Hawthorn.�

Mr Monisse said he hoped the Mt Hawthorn Streets and Laneway Festival, partly organised by the Mt Hawthorn Hub, on May 3 would help achieve that.

�It creates awareness of Mt Hawthorn and what�s going on,� he said.

�I think they�re anticipating 20,000 people, so that�s huge.

�We�ve been trying to do something different to Leederville and Mt Lawely; a lot of ideas have stemmed from engaging with local business including New Norcia Bakery, The Paddington and the Mezz, so we�ve got a really local vibe going.�

The Mt Hawthorn Hub has also developed an action plan to implement ongoing change in the community.

Mr Monisse said as part of the plan, people could expect upgrades to Oxford Street north within the next year, including street trees and urban furniture.