Plaza plan to enliven Beaufort Street

Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley.
Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley.

A TOWN plaza and piazza are two ideas proposed to enliven Mt Lawley.

City of Stirling has released designs for a plaza and piazza at the carpark it owns at 679 Beaufort Street, north of Walcott Street.

The plaza would require removal of seven parking bays, the carpark entrance and relocation of the toilet away from the street but create an enclosed and intimate space with seating, an area for busking and performances, and additional trees and plants.

The piazza option retains the carpark entrance and bays, removes the toilet and adds trees and seating on either side of the carpark, which could be closed for events.

The City is seeking feedback on these and other proposals as part of its draft Mt Lawley Streetscape Study, which aims to improve and enhance the town centre – the area around Beaufort Street bound by Queens Crescent, Alvan, Walcott and Field streets.

Piazza concept design.

“The City and council want the same outcome for the Mt Lawley area as its residents and local businesses – a vibrant, active and beautified town centre,” mayor Mark Irwin said.

“We’re committed to delivering ideas, concepts and plans that will achieve this and meet as many of the needs of the community as possible, but to do that we need the community’s input.”

The study was created last year using information from the City’s 2016 Beaufort Street Strategy and 2017 Beaufort Street Urban Design Study, and also incorporates recent workshops with residents and business owners.

Proposed town plaza.

Feedback from these resulted in six key elements: greenery in the street reserve, active street fronts, public art and a walk trail, town centre entry statements, enhanced pedestrian amenity and the plaza/piazza.

“We would love the local residents and businesses to continue to collaborate with us and get involved in the next steps of the streetscape study so we can deliver a final plan that we can all be proud of,” Cr Irwin said.

The survey is open until September 30 here.

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