A message from the Mayor

Published: Monday, 26 November 2018 at 4:26:00 PM

Our parks and green spaces are a vital part of everyday urban life, bringing us many health, social and environmental benefits as a community.

We continue to prioritise our public open spaces here in the City of Vincent. This month, we have released two important draft plans for community consultation: the Public Open Space Strategy and the Banks Reserve Master Plan.

A Public Open Space Strategy will ensure our parks, reserves and town squares meet community needs and expectations now and in the future.

The draft strategy includes a comprehensive, independent audit which confirmed much of what we already knew: we need more parks in Vincent, and to improve what we already have, to support our growing and diverse community. Over the next 18 years, our population is expected to grow by around 37 per cent, with a trend towards a younger demographic.

At the same time, our investment in creating more green spaces and town squares is already being delivered, with some big steps forward in 18 months.

We created a new park from a sump in North Perth, doubled the size of Hyde Street Reserve, made improvements to the space at Axford Park and built a new toilet block at Braithwaite Park. We also added a nature play area to Give Way Park on Scarborough Beach Road and continued to eco-zone parks with native plants, including Les Lilleyman Reserve.

Early next year, we start construction on North Perth Common, our newest town square in the heart of North Perth, and we will deliver the Leederville Shared Space on Newcastle Street.

The Banks Reserve Master Plan – also out for public comment – sets the scene for the enhancement of the natural beauty of our riverside park, whilst upholding the park’s rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance for the Whadjuk Noongar people.

If you are interested in the future of our open spaces, I encourage you to visit www.imagine.vincent.wa.gov.au and hope you will take a moment to comment.

- Mayor Emma Cole

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