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Place Managers to Create Vibrant Hubs

Posted on January 27, 2017
The City of Bayswater has appointed two Place Managers to work alongside businesses and community groups to create engaging, high quality public spaces and to bring vibrancy to the streets of the town centres of Bayswater, Maylands, Morley and Noranda.

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the appointment of Place Managers was a real win for the City.

"By partnering with local communities, the uniqueness of each town centre can be preserved and leveraged. This is essential to the delivery of vibrant town centres that attract people to live, eat, shop and be entertained," Mayor McKenna said.

"Community input is paramount as regular users of centres are a valued resource when it comes to what is needed to bring retail strips to life at different times of the day."

The newly appointed Place Managers are Emma Snow (Bayswater and Maylands) and Jennie Arts (Morley and Noranda). Community forums seeking ideas for the activation of town centres will commence in February.

"Together with businesses and community groups the City's Place Managers will work to activate the town centres through various initiatives including events, the creation of public art, landscaping, improved street furniture, or filling empty buildings with pop-up shops to name a few. They will also work to reduce red tape.

"Place Managers will also work closely with businesses to enhance their street appeal thus attracting more people into our town centres. Another aspect of the role involves liaising with other stakeholders, such as State Government agencies, to advocate for improvements to the centres."

Mayor McKenna said the Place Managers were part of looking at the bigger picture for the City.

"Place Making aims to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share, reinventing public places as the heart of our communities," he added.

"Creating inclusive and safe places that our community want to live in and be a part of is very important to us.

"Both Jennie and Emma will be out and about in the community actively gaining an understanding of what people want.

"We believe that in partnership with our community all four of our town centres will flourish as vibrant hubs for the community to enjoy."

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