Paving the way for more neighbourhood street events in Vincent

Published: Monday, 3 December 2018 at 4:03:45 PM

Closing a road to hold a street party, play street or event is now a simpler online process in the City of Vincent under the new Street Activations Policy approved at Vincent’s November Council meeting.

“Street parties and play streets bring neighbours together and help celebrate community life in Vincent. We can help you to close a local road so you can hold a small event on your doorstep with your neighbours and build stronger community spirit,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“Our new toolkit, online form and community grants simplify street closures for small scale events and encourages people to think a little differently about how they can activate their streets.”

“We know that local celebrations really bring the community together but they also have so many other benefits. Getting to know your neighbours better can foster wellbeing and connection, decrease social isolation and improve local safety.”

“The process involved in closing a road involves both the City of Vincent and the State Government, through WA Police. We have made the process as simple as possible for residents, while providing easy-to-use templates and funding support to make it happen.”

Successful Open Street Event applicants can access a range of support from the City of Vincent including financial assistance, in-kind support, public liability cover, road closure equipment, traffic management templates and more.

“If your road closure is a simple one, we can provide the traffic management plan and our Rangers will assist in setting up the barriers and signs to close off the road, so you can focus on organising the fun,” said Mayor Cole.

Rae Street Play Street in Leederville has been happening once a month on Sundays for almost three years to allow for a regular afternoon of free play on the street, with the support of the City of Vincent.

“Rae Street Play Street began as a trial and has helped us to test and shape our new online process, and has given us so much inspiration in taking this forward. It has been amazing to see kids roam and enjoy free play on the street, whilst parents and neighbours catch up. It is a way to create that old style freedom and fun in a modern, inner city neighbourhood.”

“We think street parties and play streets are a great way to reclaim the streetscape as a place to connect and play, and we want to provide the support and infrastructure to do it safely and simply,” she said.

If you’d like to do something similar on your street visit vincent.wa.gov.au/openstreets for more information. You’re also welcome to come along to Rae Street Play Street to join the fun or speak to the organisers about their experiences.

Upcoming Rae Street Play Streets in Rae Street, Leederville are:

  • 27 January 2019, 3pm - 5pm
  • 24 February 2019, 3pm - 5pm
  • 31 March 2019, 3pm - 5pm
  • 28 April 2019, 3pm - 5pm
  • 26 May 2019, 3pm - 5pm
  • 30 June 2019, 3pm - 5pm

More Information

Vincent Open Streets

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