New community group to change face of Doubleview

The Bend in the Road founding member David Wray outside Al Fornetto Cafe.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472073
The Bend in the Road founding member David Wray outside Al Fornetto Cafe. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472073

A NEW community group aiming to help “change the face of Doubleview” is calling out for interested residents.

The group, called the ‘The Bend in the Road’ (after the sharp bend on Scarborough Beach Road in Doubleview) aims to generate income for community events in conjunction with City of Stirling’s Scarborough Beach Road Activity Corridor plan.

The plan aims to rezone a section of Scarborough Beach Road as a high- density ‘activity corridor’, a mixed-use area shared by light rail, pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles as a link to the Scarborough Beach foreshore.

Chairman David Wray said they were looking for passionate, skilled individuals to contribute.

“We are keen to see that all of the development happens in a co-ordinated way, using the best of contemporary knowledge,” he said.

“Self-sustaining group Beaufort Street Traders are role models for this group and have been successful in doing markets and generating income for community projects.”

Mr Wray said he wanted to change the “car-dominated” layout of the area by working with the City of Stirling’s place activation team.

“Cars are zipping past at 70 or 80km/h and there are plenty of small business precincts here,” he said.

Stirling customer and communications manager Meriel Pickering said the City had four key activation areas: Inglewood, Osborne Park, Scarborough Beach Road and Scarborough.

“The City has encouraged neighbourhood collectives to be formed and encouraged these groups to take part in the activation of these areas and set aside $20,000 per activation area this financial year to assist these groups and conduct improvements to enhance these areas.”

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