Leed council

PLEASE help design Leederville – Vincent council is coming up with a plan for the suburb’s future and “no idea is too big or too small”.

In 2008 the old council regime annoyed a few locals by putting the cart before the horse when it revealed draft designs of the Leederville Masterplan before they had done full consultation.

At the time, one business owner was shocked to see council had ‘designed out’ his business by replacing his building with a thoroughfare. The plan gathered dust and never went ahead.

This time they’re asking first; calling for ideas via

imagine.vincent.wa.gov.au or in person at two informal “gallery of ideas” sessions.

Vincent mayor Emma Cole says Leederville needs “a clear vision for the future, developed in consultation with our community”.

• Vincent’s “Design Leederville” team: Madison Rea, Tim Elliot and Simon Duffecy with mayor Emma Cole. Photo supplied

The suburb’s had a shot of confidence with Dale Alcock’s ABN Group announcing they’d soon start building their headquarters on the old hotel carpark.

“There is a strong interest in development in Leederville,” Ms Cole says.

“We want to ensure we have a cohesive approach to how Leederville can grow in the coming years.

“We know the unique character and main street feel is important, and we want Leederville to be a place for our whole community to enjoy and for our local businesses to thrive.”

The first session is October 20, 1pm-5pm at Leederville Village Square, and the second is October 26, 9am-noon at Oxford Street Reserve.

Ms Cole says “this is a real opportunity to help shape the future of Leederville and be a part of its history.

“We welcome input from all members of our community and those who love Leederville. This is an open thinking exercise and no idea is too big or too small.”

by DAVID BELL

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