A “VISIONING” event run by community and business group Future Bayswater has been a smash, with more than 150 interested locals packing out the local bowling club.
Paul Shanahan from FB says they weren’t sure what to expect after setting up a series of talks involving planning experts, who’ll give locals ideas about how they could shape the town centre.
“The Bayswater bowling club was packed and the event became standing room only very quickly. It’s obvious Baysie residents are keen to have a conversation about what the future could look like at the town centre,” Mr Shanahan says.
The series comes as Bayswater council brews a town centre structure plan, with urban renewal a major theme.
More mixed use development, more population to keep business humming, affordable housing, greener town centres and better pedestrian access are among FB’s aims.
The next free event is on August 4 at the Bayswater hotel.
Urban design specialist Malcolm Mackay will talk about issues the city might face in the future how they can be planned for now, while former South Perth mayor James Best will argue Bayswater needs to “evolve with the times”.
Check http://www.futurebayswater.com to register because spots will be gobbled up fast if it’s anything like the launch.
by DAVID BELL