Visitors to the town centre will have a new spot to sit and relax with the launch of an outdoor community space in Noranda. Tucked under shady trees between Hawaiian's Noranda and the Morley Noranda Recreation Club, the space will have picnic furniture, lighting and an outdoor ping-pong table adorned with colourful artwork. A Little Library and noticeboard created by Men's Shed are already being enjoyed by the community.
The project is a partnership between the City, Hawaiian, and the Noranda Vibes community group.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the space would create a better connection between the shopping and sporting precincts.
"The Noranda community told us they want to see public space in the town centre used more effectively, which is exactly what this project has achieved.
"What was an unused patch of grass is now a lively community space that gives people more reason to spend time in the town centre – which can only be a good thing for local businesses.
"It's the perfect spot to relax with a book from the Little Library, play a game of table tennis or just enjoy spending time outdoors.
"I would like to thank Hawaiian's Noranda and Noranda Vibes for partnering with the City to bring vibrancy Perth's inner east."
Artwork for the ping pong table was chosen by the community through a poll on the City's Facebook page. With 465 votes, local artist Peter Ryan's whimsical design was the crowd favourite.
Hawaiian's General Manager, Shopping Centre Suburban Portfolio, Scott Greenwood, welcomed the partnership.
“We are proud to be partnering with the City of Bayswater on this new precinct for the local community, as part of our commitment to enriching and engaging with the neighbourhood in which we do business.
"I encourage members of the community to get involved by entering the naming competition for the precinct, and by bringing friends and family along to enjoy the new space.
"We also invite everyone to join us for our final Social Saturdays event and meet your neighbours at the community picnic held on Saturday 30 March.”
A launch party will be held from 11am to 1pm on Saturday 30 March to officially open the space and announce its name. The whole community is invited to attend, with food and entertainment and a ping pong competition provided by Hawaiian's Noranda.