Bustling shopfronts in Morley, Bayswater and Maylands may soon receive a facelift thanks to some newly designed planter boxes and the City's commitment to reducing red tape.
Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the City's decision to abolish the need for business owners to obtain a permit to place planter boxes outside shops and cafes has been praised by the community.
"Our retail strips are the lifeblood of our community. They are places people come together to shop, dine and be entertained. Our business owners are busy people so it is important we support them by cutting red tape and ensuring good ideas can be implemented quickly.
"A set of simple guidelines have now replaced the permit system which has provided clarity around the creation of planter boxes to be placed on footpaths and verges outside shopfronts, cafes and restaurants.
Morley and Noranda Place Manager Jennie Arts saw the cessation of the permit system as a wonderful opportunity to work with the Bayswater Men's Shed on the creation of purpose built planter boxes that fit the new guidelines.
Mayor Barry McKenna said Council is delighted to be working with the Men's Shed on what will be their first projects since their formation in 2016.
"Demonstration planter boxes, brimming with colourful plants are now on display in the grounds of the Morley Library.
"I would encourage local business owners to come down to the Morley Library and take a look at the product first hand. It is amazing what a splash of colour can do to brighten up a shop front.
Made from Jarrah, the demonstration boxes are reinforced with galvanised steel and are built to withstand the elements. Any profits will fund the ongoing operation of the Men's Shed. Planter boxes can be custom made from a variety of materials to suit any budget.
"Streetscape enhancements such as planter boxes and active shopfronts were earkmarked as one of the major priorities in the City's recently released Activation Plans for the town centres of Morley, Noranda, Maylands and Bayswater.
"Council's vision is to create spaces people are drawn to, places they can meet friends and linger awhile.
"If we instil a sense of pride in our town centres the flow on effect can only be positive.