NEGLECTED Main Street is set for a revamp with the appointment of a City of Stirling place activation officer.
Stirling activation officer Lauren Resnick said the concept of place activation was about getting people to “linger for longer” in an area.
“Place activation is all about enriching and enlivening a community area, it’s about getting people to linger for longer, spending more time on footpaths, outside businesses, having events and generally engaging in the community and making it more liveable and vibrant,” she said.
The City has pledged to work with community group Main Street Co-op to improve the street and get more residents and business owners involved in the process.
Main Street Co-op chair Tania Peitracatella said the area had been neglected for too long.
“We need fewer cars and more people, high-density development, redevelopment on the street,” she said.
“Residents are paying their rates and taxes, so the City of Stirling needs to step up and start investing in our local community for our residents and business owners.”
Co-chair Louis Anastasas said Main Street needed to be safer for pedestrians.
“We want safety for everyone on the street: physical safety and pedestrian safety,” he said.
“It is great that it is happening but for it to go any further we need a commitment of funding to come through.”
Balcatta MLA David Michael said he had promised $40,000 to the Main Street Co-op for a vibrancy project to improve the area and a 40km/h trial for the area from Federal Street to Eldorado Street.
“The 40km/h zone will complement the great work the Main Street Co-op are doing to increase vibrancy in the precinct, and will help local shoppers and small businesses alike,” Mr Michael said.
The City also plans to work with community groups to refresh the Scarborough foreshore area, Inglewood on Beaufort Street and Mirrabooka.
The Main Street Co-op has a Facebook page.