Council adopts Vibrant Public Spaces Policy

Published on Tuesday, 5 July 2022 at 1:10:00 PM

Vincent has been the home of the parklet for many years and now we are taking the next step with eatlets.

At the 21 June Ordinary Council Meeting, Council adopted the Vibrant Public Spaces Policy which includes design guidelines for eatlets as well as street furniture, parklets and affixed outdoor eating area furniture.

Pop-up, or temporary, eatlets and parklets also form part of the new policy.

The policy is a one-stop shop for proposals that add vibrancy to our streets and town centres.

It aims to facilitate private investment in the public realm for the benefit of the community, encouraging foot traffic and visitors to our town centres whilst achieving good design outcomes.

This comes after the City launched an on-ground and online community engagement campaign, consulted with business owners and brought the concept for the policy to several Rebound Roundtable meetings with local town teams last year.

Under the policy, local businesses who want to build a Vibrant Public Space will take up the cost and maintenance of the structure and plants.

Parklets outside Pinchos, Jus Burgers, Gusto Gelato and Fibber McGees in Leederville will be reclassified as eatlets.

Bun Mee's parklet in Leederville.

Eatlets have a dual purpose as an outdoor eating area during business operating hours and a small public park out of business operating hours.

They are reserved for customers of particular businesses during business operating hours and are available for anyone to use out of business operating hours.

Dogs are also allowed in eatlets.

Mayor Emma Cole said Vincent had been the home of free alfresco areas to parklets and now eatlets have been put on the menu.

“Parklets, outdoor eating areas and street furniture are used and welcomed by our community and visitors across our town centres,” she said.

“They bring people outdoors, add vibrancy to our streets and help local businesses to flourish with an additional place for locals to eat, drink and relax.”

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a greater demand and emphasis on public spaces and outdoor dining as a way to connect and interact.”

Ms Cole said vibrant public spaces had the potential to create an avenue for private investment on public land.

“Vibrant public spaces are a creative solution for enhancing the streetscape and providing increased walking and cycling. Dogs are welcome too, so they create great on-foot destinations for locals,” she said.

“We’re also showing the wider community that we’re open for business and loving the alfresco lifestyle in Vincent.”

Further consultation for each vibrant public space type will soon take place.

For information, call 9273 6000 or email

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