THE Mary Street Piazza has seen Vincent council pick up the Great Place Award from the Planning Institute of Australia.
The Beaufort Street Network had long called for a public space to encourage people to be “Beaufort Street Loiterers,” turning the strip from a thoroughfare into a destination.
The piazza was created during a trial in 2014, receiving wide support and a bit of angst about lost parking bays.
“There were some naysayers,” Vincent mayor John Carey says.
“But you go there on a Saturday or Sunday and people are spread out, enjoying the sun, it’s created a free public space and a resting spot on a high traffic corridor.”
A similar space for North Perth is in the works.
“We held our first consultation at the North Perth Local [community and business group] event, it’s a really open-ended conversation, we’re first asking where people think a public space should be.”
The Mary Street Piazza project also nabbed the PIA’s president’s award commendation, deeming it to be the second best project overall on the night.
by DAVID BELL