Medina: rejuvinated laneway to offer vibrant community space


Councillor Ruth Alexander, residents group member Christina Macaulay, councillor Sandra Lee and Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams at the rejuvenated laneway in Medina.
Councillor Ruth Alexander, residents group member Christina Macaulay, councillor Sandra Lee and Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams at the rejuvenated laneway in Medina.

AN unused laneway in Medina has been transformed into a vibrant community space complete with colourful art, landscaping and locally made street furniture.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the laneway would offer a lively and welcoming meeting place in the heart of Medina.

“By creating inviting spaces where people enjoy spending time, we are encouraging a more social and better connected community,” she said.

“The increased activity in the area can only be a good thing for local shops and businesses.”

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The rejuvenated laneway, on the corner of Harley Way and Pace Road, will be officially opened tomorrow with a retro-themed 1950s fair during the day.

It is alongside a row of small shops and businesses on Pace Road and has remained unused for several years.

A concrete wall that previously blocked the laneway has been removed, opening up the area to allow pedestrian traffic from the new housing area to local businesses.

A 45m long mural by artist Melski McVee has recently been completed as part of the project, designed to reflect the unique characteristics of Medina’s history, flora, fauna and architecture.

Cr Adams said the laneway would create an attractive and useable public space in Medina’s town centre, benefitting residents and local businesses alike.

“The project is one of a number of Place Management initiatives that focus on the unique requirements of Kwinana’s individual neighbourhoods,” she said.

The upgrade marks another milestone in the City’s long-term Medina Revitalisation Project.

The local community is invited to join in painting a mural in the laneway with WA artist Melski McVee from 11am, before the laneway officially opens at 3pm.

A 1950s themed fair will follow, honouring the decade Medina got its name.

“The mural will encourage ownership and instil a sense of pride in the Medina community,” Cr Adams said.

“Everyone is welcome to join in; I hope to see the laneway full of Medina locals busily painting on Saturday morning.” For details, visit the City of Kwinana’s Facebook page.