Mary Street Piazza Approved!

Beaufort Street will get a new place to sit and relax after the City of Vincent approved the new Mary Street Piazza on Tuesday night. Vincent will now appoint contractors to complete the job and hopefully the piazza can be ready by Festival time (November 2015). Here is an image of what it will look like –

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Looking to piazza from Beaufort Street

Mary St Piazza Design May 2015

Read the Perth Voice article on the new piazza

What’s In it For Me?

Benefits for Local Businesses

  • Provides another reason to come to and stay around Beaufort Street. Other areas (such as Northbridge, Leederville and Maylands) are improving, so Beaufort Street needs to progress in order to compete as a destination
  • Highly likely to attract more pedestrian traffic past local businesses, which would likely lead to higher sales
  • Provides a new experience and adds to the Beaufort Street ‘vibe’
  • Provides a new place to relax and enjoy a drink or food from local businesses
  • Improves streetscape, adds trees and greenery
  • There were no noticeable parking issues during the two week trial period

Benefits for Local Residents (particularly for residents of Mary Street)

  • Less traffic driving down Mary Street (as entry from Beaufort Street is removed)
  • Slower traffic speeds on Mary Street (as roadway has been narrowed)
  • Encourages people to walk and cycle to Beaufort Street (rather than drive)
  • New public space to relax and meet friends
  • Improves the streetscape and amenity, adds trees and greenery
  • People using the space would provide more ‘eyes on the street’ reducing possibilities for anti-social behaviour in the area

Creating Places for People

The Mary Street Piazza will implement the recommendations of the Better Beaufort Action Plan, particularly:

  • Principle 1 of the Action Plan is to “Create a great place for people of all ages”. Attracting people is the key to creating a great place and supporting local businesses. We need to attract more people, particularly on weekdays, which are currently quiet times for the street.
  • Principle 2 is to “Promote a greener, safer and more comfortable street”. People are attracted to spaces that feel comfortable, welcoming and safe.

“If a modern city wants lively streets and a vibrant public realm, it has to provide public space as a fundamental prerequisite. As today’s citizens have more options on how to spend their time, they will only spend it in the public realm if it is of high quality and accessibility is easy and convenient.” ‘Perth 2009: Public Spaces, Public Life’ Gehl Architects

The Mary Street Piazza will be a great public space for people and benefit the local area for decades to come. The Network appreciates the City of Vincent’s strong leadership in placemaking and creating better places for its local community.

We Already Know It Can Work

The piazza was trialled between 25 July and 8 August 2014. The purpose of the trial was to provide an opportunity for people to see what could be done in the space and assess things like traffic and parking impacts.

The community feedback was fantastic with 87% of the 300 submissions supporting a new public space for Beaufort Street. Here’s some pictures from the piazza trial.

See Our City Changing – Form Public Project

Form’s Public 2015 is now over, but it leaves a lasting legacy with amazing murals and new ideas for how to improve Perth … and Beaufort Street.

Now Form wants to hear what you think. You can find out more and complete the survey here – Tell Form What You Think

Check out some of the murals as well –

Adopt a Tree or Space around Beaufort Street

The Beaufort Street Network and City of Vincent are encouraging all residents, businesses and community groups to adopt a tree or public space.

We want a greener, safer and more comfortable street. But we all need to help out where we can and when we can.

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Eh? Isn’t that the Council’s Job?

Really? Public spaces belong to all of us. But while many people love to take care of their own gardens, we all leave caring for public spaces to “someone else”. So our public spaces can look a bit unloved.

What Can I Do?

  • Find a tree or space that needs some love
  • Plants some flowers or plants
  • Water the tree or plants
  • Remove weeds and litter
  • Report any issues

What’s In It For Me?

There are some great benefits for getting involved:

  • It is an easy way to get involved in the community
  • Meet new people
  • Improve your gardening skills
  • Earn the appreciation of your neighbours
  • Choose where and how you want to get involved
Guerilla gardening Field St 2

The City of Vincent is also seeking volunteers for its ‘Adopt A Verge’ program.

Keeping our streets and verges green and healthy fosters biodiversity within our community and helps to establish greenways – this is all part of the City’s extensive Greening Plan.

Anyone in the Vincent community can register as a tree adopter!

Each adopted tree will be identified and registered, and the City can support adopters by providing advice, resources and physical assistance when necessary.

Find out more about the City of Vincent Adopt a Tree program here

Have your say! How do we make Beaufort Street even better?

Beaufort Sign

The Beaufort Street Network is creating a Better Beaufort Street. We’ve got loads of ideas. But we also want to hear from you!

Tell Us What You Think!

There are two easy ways to get involved.

1. Complete the Beaufort Street Survey

Complete the online survey below and you will not only be helping the Network, but you’ll be in with a chance to WIN A SPECIAL DINNER FOR TWO PEOPLE at Montefiore Cafe Restaurant including starters, main courses and tea/coffee.

Complete the Beaufort Street Survey 2015 here

The survey finishes on Sunday 31 May 2015, so grab a drink and don’t miss out on telling us your thoughts.

2. Come with us on a Walking Workshop of Beaufort Street

When: 6pm to 7pm, Wednesday 6 May 2015

Where: Meet outside Action Real Estate (next to NAB Bank), 678 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley

We’ll be walking down to the laneway between St Michael’s and Orno Interiors (opposite Beaufort St Merchant) with stops outside IGA Supermarket and Caffissimo. Not too far!

Cost: Completely free

RSVP: It would be helpful if you could let us know you are coming. Email us at hello@beaufortstreet.com.au

Why: We’ll explain what we are doing to create a better Beaufort Street. And we want to hear from you! You’ll also get to meet other local people passionate about improving Beaufort Street.

We have received some fantastic feedback at previous workshops. This is a chance to get out on the street and discuss the challenges and opportunities.

 

Beaufort St Art Market Brightens Up Easter

The popular Beaufort Street Art Market was back on Easter Sunday. Not surprisingly, we had an Easter theme and there was plenty of free chocolate courtesy of the sweet teeth at the Network.

The kids activities provided by Arty Brellas and buskers were also fun. There will be more things for families and kids at future markets. Here are some pics from the day.

See more pictures and keep up with all the Art Market news at www.facebook.com/BeaufortStreetArtMarket.

Oz Harvest Food Rescue Ready to Hit Beaufort St!

OzHarvest is a not-for-profit organisation that rescues excess food from restaurants, retailers, food outlets and corporate kitchens that would otherwise be discarded and delivers it to charities that feed the disadvantaged and homeless.

Oz Harvest

The work it does has a dual impact:

  1. By supplementing the nutritional wellbeing, dignity and health of at risk communities OzHarvest enables organisations to reduce their food budget and redirect their funding to education and rehabilitation.
  2. By ensuring that good food is being eaten rather than going to landfill OzHarvest is helping the environment by ensuring tons of carbon emissions do not pollute the atmosphere.

Oz Harvest relies completely on the donations and support of philanthropic businesses, the community and individuals to keep its operations running.

OzHarvest Fast Facts

  • OzHarvest was founded in November 2004 by event’s organiser Ronni Kahn. It officially launched in WA in December 2014.
  • Since 2004, OzHarvest has delivered more than 30 million meals.
  • OzHarvest has diverted 10,000 tonnes of food from ending up in landfill.
  • Every year a staggering $8-$10 billion dollars of food goes to waste or that equates to four million tonnes.
  • For every $1 that is donated to OzHarvest, we can deliver the equivalent of two meals to people in need.

To Support or Contact OzHarvest WA

Call – (08) 6500 6450

Email –  perth.info@ozharvest.org

Web – www.ozharvest.org/tag/ozharvest-wa/

Want to be Famous?

Do you want to be famous?

Local artist Jerome Davenport is looking for Beaufort Street locals to be models for the Faces of Beaufort Street mural on the fence of Barlee Street car park. Here is what it looks like so far –

Jerome Davenport's Face of Beaufort Street at Barlee St car park
Jerome Davenport’s Face of Beaufort Street at Barlee St car park
He has plenty of people aged up to 30, and so is looking for people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s or above. Models will also need to be City of Vincent locals.
If you are interested, contact Jerome via email at jerome@blankwalls.com.au. This is a unique opportunity and you’ll need to be fast!

Beaufort Street Bike Swap Meet

When: 9:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday 21 March 2015

Where: 590 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley, WA, 6050

Who: Organised by the City of Vincent (thanks guys!)

Bike Swap Meet  2015 > Saturday 21 March

Want to sell some of those pre-loved bike parts or keen to find that elusive shiny part for your steed?

Join us at Barlee Street Carpark, on the main strip of Beaufort St, in Mt Lawley.

The swap meet will run 10am – 1pm with sellers able to set up from 9am (stalls are a standard car bay size – 6 metres x 3 metres).

You can register your interest for a seller’s spot – it’s only $10 and that stall fee goes to the amazing Bikes for Humanity charity.

All stallholders welcome – you don’t have to be a Vincent resident.

Email the City of Vincent TravelSmart Officer – travelsmart@vincent.wa.gov.au – or call 9273 6000, or download a form here.

Thanks everyone > hope to see you there, please help us spread the word by sharing amongst your networks.

For info on the wide range of BIKE WEEK events happening in Western Australia, click on this link.

Sundown Success on Beaufort St

Thank you to all the people who made our first 2015 Sundowner a very special night. To see such generosity and comunity spirit, we really were blown away by it. Thanks go to 2nd Avenue Plaza, Pierrots Hair Studios, 2nd Ave SIGA, Seven Willow Designs, Red Cray on Beaufort, New Place Japanese Kitchen, Beaufort Realty, Inglewood Hotel for food, drinks and great organisation.

Working together is the best way we can create a successful place. Plus there are so many great people on Beaufort Street and our Sundowners are the best way to meet them all in one place.

We can’t wait to see everyone at our next event!

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Network El Presidente Pam Herron welcomes everyone to our first 2015 Sundowner

 

What Makes You Happy?

What makes you happy? Family … friends … holidays … great food … coffee  …?

People who volunteer in their local communities are significantly happier than those who don’t, according to a study from the United States. Read the article <here>.

Helping others can help yourself.

The Beaufort Street Network is positive and proactive group of businesses and residents volunteering their time to create a Better Beaufort Street. Great places don’t just happen. They need to be created by people for people. It takes some hard work.

But there are huge benefits for local businesses, residents and visitors. We get an amazing place where we can relax, shop, meet friends, live, work and play. A place to feel proud of.

Hundreds of people volunteer their time to help with the Beaufort Street Festival. In fact, it would be almost impossible to deliver the Festival without the amazing efforts of our volunteers! Thank you!!

Festival 2014 sign
Street at night

There are also plenty of personal rewards in helping your community. Check out this Facebook clip – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201781335275182

Want to Help?

There are so many ideas and possible projects to improve Beaufort Street. If you are interested, we’ll let you know what is going on and find something you would be interested in helping with. Or you might have your own ideas. Creating a better place can be fun and build on your skills and abilities. Email us hello@beaufortstreet.com.au.

Too Busy?

We all lead busy lives. A really easy way to help is to join the Beaufort Street Network. The Network is a not for profit community organisation run by volunteers. Your support helps the Network to create better places, promote local businesses and build a stronger community. It only costs $25 a year to be a Member and $95 a year for businesses. Find out more at https://beaufortstreet.com.au/about/join/

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