Town plaza plan for Beaufort Street

Cr Bianca Sandri and her dog Bentley, Cr David Lagan wiht his dog Georgie, Cr Suzanne Migdale with her dog Buudy and daughter Honey Migdale (11).  Photo: Andrew Ritchie d494416
Cr Bianca Sandri and her dog Bentley, Cr David Lagan wiht his dog Georgie, Cr Suzanne Migdale with her dog Buudy and daughter Honey Migdale (11). Photo: Andrew Ritchie d494416

A TOWN plaza and parklets are coming to Beaufort Street as part of Stirling Council plans to improve the area.

The City is developing a plan for a town plaza in the City-owned carpark on the western side of Beaufort, just north of Walcott Street, and will also spend $100,000 to plant trees in the median and at the front of private properties where landowners consent.

Councillor Suzanne Migdale sought the ‘greening’ of Beaufort Street at the July 2 council meeting in an effort to expedite implementation of the Mt Lawley Streetscape Study, which is expected to be finalised in August, because she said the community was frustrated by perceived inaction.

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She originally wanted removal of the public toilet that was installed in 2009 but it was not supported by City officers and some councillors.

Creation of the town plaza would mean losing nine parking bays but at least two on-street parking bays would be installed, and the toilet would be moved and refurbished.

A City report said it would cost $340,000 to create the “focal point where visitors to Beaufort Street can relax, meet and/or engage in activities” and could host live music, art and family activities.

Cr Migdale said detailed designs would be subject to public consultation.

“We are looking to create an inviting open space that can be used for catch ups, relaxing with a coffee and general recreation,” she said.

“A space that is activation-friendly for our Town Team means we can also look forward to enjoying some innovative and interesting events in the future.”

Concept plan for a town plaza on Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley. Image: City of Stirling

At the same meeting, council voted to spend $40,000 for two prototype mobile parklets on Beaufort Street in Inglewood, which will transform parking bays into a public space.

One of the parklets will be created outside Finlay & Sons caf and the former A Fish Called Inglewood site was also recommended.

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The motion was put forward by Cr Bianca Sandri, who said the parklets aimed to facilitate activation and encourage people to stay in the area longer.

“Immediate businesses have been spoken to along with Inglewood on Beaufort, and now that money has been put forward, further consultation with businesses and landowners about where the parklets are going will take place,” she said.

Community group Inglewood on Beaufort is also working to create piazzas at 884 and 896-898 Beaufort Street.