Seeing past all the dust

CLAISEBROOK residents and traders have formed a new “town team” to help guide the area’s future.

Claisebrook Collective is the sixth town team in the City of Vincent, joining Leederville Connect, Beaufort Street Network, Mt Hawthorn Hub, North Perth Local and OnWilliam.

The groups have organised events like festivals and markets and worked with council to upgrade streets and shape policies.

Change is on the horizon for the Claisebrook area: two upcoming state government decisions could finally see the relocation of two concrete plants that have been a hitch in the area’s development for decades.

They bring dust, noise and trucks to the area, and at least a couple of redevelopment projects are being held off while the plants are still there.

The plants’ licences to operate were temporary and are soon to expire. Both have appealed to operate indefinitely, and it’s now with planning minister Rita Saffioti to decide.

Vincent council’s upcoming Local Planning Scheme would also rezone the area to no longer allow the plants, if it’s approved in its current form by the state government.

• Deborah Karajas from the new Claisebrook Collective with to Beth Parker from the Claisebrook Deisgn Community. Photo by David Bell

Visioning

With those decisions just around the corner the newly formed group is holding a visioning workshop on November 2 to find out what people want for the area’s future.

Deborah Karajas from Claisebrook Collective says “rather than fighting the continued presence of the batching plants ‘action group’-style, we want to speak to the state government’s own objectives in the areas of jobs, transport, sustainability, infill development and housing affordability”.

The concrete plant blocks are prime land and if freed up could help turn the area into the kind of “Metro Hub” the new Labor state government’s keen on: the Claisebrook train station’s close by, bike paths run past, and if car-sharing schemes get up it could make for a car-optional urban village.

“The WA government has a golden opportunity here,” Mrs Karajas says, “there’s a local community proactively calling for a vibrant, higher-density neighbourhood, unlike in most areas where they face significant community opposition to proposed infill.”

The area’s got a lot of character with a scattering of light industrial shops (which they’d like to keep around) and funky old warehouses that’d suit adaptive reuse.

South of the railway line’s ripe for a spruce up too, with a lot of ample space in the form of surface parking lots owned by Perth council and vacant MRA land.

If you have ideas for the area the visioning workshop’s on November 2 at 6pm at the Claisebrook Design Community coworking space, 25 Gladstone St Perth, and the group’s online at http://www.facebook.com/claisebrookcollective/

by DAVID BELL

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