Mt Hawthorn: Community groups and small businesses welcome Oxford Street North upgrades

Tara Higgins from Mt Hawthorn Hub), Lloyd Blake, Kate Wilks from Ilka, Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and Dr Alkesh Vyas from Micro Lens Consulting on Oxford Street. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Tara Higgins from Mt Hawthorn Hub), Lloyd Blake, Kate Wilks from Ilka, Vincent Mayor Emma Cole and Dr Alkesh Vyas from Micro Lens Consulting on Oxford Street. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

THE MT Hawthorn end of Oxford Street is getting a makeover.

A red asphalt shared space to mark the town centre area and central median strip have already been put in place to create a more pedestrian and bike-friendly space, and 38 street trees are set to be planted in April.

City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole said the original design for the Oxford Street North upgrade came from locals on the Mt Hawthorn Hub town team.

“A concept plan was put to council in 2016 but works were put on hold whilst we awaited news on Water Corporation’s Pipes for Perth program,” she said.

“So it’s great to see this project now well underway.”

Mt Hawthorn Hub vice-chairman Lloyd Blake said it was rewarding to see the group’s ideas become reality, with the Hub’s Nic Monisse and Munira MacKay emphasising street trees in their initial design.

Kate Wilks from clothing shop Ilka said the upgrade would open up opportunities for pedestrians and drivers to stop and explore cafes and stores in Mt Hawthorn.

“It will create a more lush environment and connect our section of Mt Hawthorn to Scarborough Beach Road, as well as the Leederville end of Oxford Street,” she said.

A maximum of five car bays will be taken away as part of works, with four new motorcycle bays added, 12 bike racks and the potential to use two current no-stopping bays for parking.

Ms Cole said the project was a terrific example of a community-led project and encouraged locals to submit their own budget ideas at the City of Vincent website before March 1.