City of Vincent celebrates success of Mt Hawthorn park makeover as part of community budget submissions, calls for new submissions


Mt Hawthorn resident Anne Bate with granddaughter Charlotte Hollenberg (3) and Mayor Emma Cole. Anne came up with the idea to turn the space into a park where she could take her granddaughter to play. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d480984
Mt Hawthorn resident Anne Bate with granddaughter Charlotte Hollenberg (3) and Mayor Emma Cole. Anne came up with the idea to turn the space into a park where she could take her granddaughter to play. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d480984

IT was the bright idea of a Mt Hawthorn resident that led to the transformation of a small reserve into a nature playground.

During the 2017-18 community budget submissions process the City of Vincent received 55 submissions raising 64 proposals for consideration.

Forty-five per cent of submissions were supported by the City, including Anne Bate’s pitch to give the underutilised reserve on Scarborough Beach Road a makeover.

Ms Bate said Give Way Park once consisted of grass and shrubs and was difficult to access.

“Its use was limited despite the area needing a green space within proximity for residents, particularly those living in nearby multiple dwellings,” she said.

“A small nature play ground has been created with winding pathways, a simple fence and gates.

“Additional planting has enhanced the area to make it attractive, waterwise and nature friendly.”

The City is seeking more submissions in preparation for the 2018-19 budget.

Mayor Emma Cole said the City had been doing it for two years in a move to get more engagements from the community.

“Previously we advertised a draft budget at the end of the budget preparation process, which didn’t deliver a great deal of community feedback,” she said.

“We wanted a more engaging, community focused and driven approach so we decided to change our strategy and ask for ideas up front, which has seen much more community involvement.”

Ms Cole said all ideas would be assessed against the City’s six strategic priorities, and selected ideas will be funded in next year’s budget.

Community Budget Submissions close at 5pm on Friday, April 13.

Go to www.vincent.wa.gov.au/buildourbudget or call 9273 6000.

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