Vincent: Open Streets making road closures simpler for neighbourhood events

Rae Street Play Street helped the City of Vincent test their new Open Streets event system. Picture: Supplied.
Rae Street Play Street helped the City of Vincent test their new Open Streets event system. Picture: Supplied.

LOCALS could soon see more street parties, play streets and neighbourhood events across the City of Vincent.

Councillors have approved a new Street Activations Policy to make it simpler to close a road, with a toolkit available online.

Mayor Emma Cole said street parties and play streets brought neighbours together and helped celebrate community life.

“We can help you to close a local road so you can hold a small event on your doorstep with your neighbours and build stronger community spirit,” she said.

“The process involved in closing a road involves both the City of Vincent and the State Government, through the WA Police – we’ve made the process as simple as possible for residents while providing easy-to-use templates and funding support to make it happen.”

Rae Street Play Street in Leederville has been bringing children and parents together once a month for almost three years for free play on the street.

Ms Cole said the event began as a trial and helped the City test and shape their new online process.

“It is a way to create that old-style freedom and fun in a modern, inner-city neighbourhood,” she said.

Successful small-scale events applying through Open Streets can access various support from the City, including financial assistance, in-kind support, public liability cover, road closure equipment and more.

To find out more, visit vincent.wa.gov.au/openstreets.