A kerbside dining area and historically themed mural now mark the entrance to the Maylands café and retail strip thanks to a partnership between the City of Bayswater and local businesses Mrs S Café and Studio 281. The project is part of the City's Place Activation Plan which highlights the community's priority to continue building identity through art in the Maylands town centre.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the project was a great example of Council working with local businesses to activate the City’s town centres.
"The corner of Eighth Avenue and Whatley Crescent is the first thing many visitors see when arriving in Maylands, and it has now been transformed from a nondescript sidewalk into an attractive entry statement that reflects the arts and café culture Maylands is known for.
“Diners are already enjoying the deck alfresco area outside Mrs S, and the addition of the mural by local artist Daek William has created the perfect backdrop for this new space. The artwork pays homage to Mrs S Harpon who ran tea-rooms along the Whatley Crescent strip in the 1920s, creating a connection between past and present Maylands.
“The City worked with Mrs S Café and Studio 281, both local Maylands businesses, to reduce red tape and make this project happen”, said Mayor Dan Bull.
The City of Bayswater contributed $4,000 to support the project, which included relocating street bins, installing traffic bollards to ensure the dining area could be used safely, and a contribution to the artwork.
As a building listed under the Register of Heritage Places, the artwork has been developed in consultation with the State Heritage Council.