Towntalk FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

As the battle of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment bor­ders con­tin­ues, I am proud to say we con­tinue to fo­cus on the task at hand, and get­ting things done. One of the Town’s key goals, as de­tailed in our strate­gic plan, is eco­nomic pros­per­ity, cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment where our busi­nesses are thriv­ing and in­te­grated into the life of the Clare­mont com­mu­nity. Work­ing with the busi­ness com­mu­nity, we have cre­ated Clare­mont Now – a co­op­er­a­tive project po­si­tion­ing Clare­mont as ‘the pre­mier place to shop, dine and be en­ter­tained’. Based on con­sul­ta­tion and re­search, a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to sup­port the town cen­tre have been de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented. The re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Bay View Ter­race for one, has im­proved the aes­thetic ap­peal and cre­ated a more invit­ing public space, pro­vid­ing the back­drop for some fan­tas­tic pop up events and ac­tiv­i­ties. Up­com­ing events in­clude Theatre Lane Live, a pop wine bar and in April the town cen­tre will be trans­formed with street and com­mu­nity art­works. Fur­ther im­prove­ments are un­der­way; works will soon com­mence to re­de­velop Avion Way, Clare­mont’s high end fash­ion strip. The strip will be trans­formed to in­crease and im­prove al­fresco dining ar­eas and en­hance pedes­trian amenity to the area. We are very proud of our achieve­ments to date, the Town and the Clare­mont Now group will con­tinue to work in part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses to fur­ther en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence of a visit to Clare­mont. While most of us are still tucked up in bed, Ian Gra­ham, proudly the Town’s long­est serv­ing staff mem­ber, rises ex­tra early, seven days a week to keep our town cen­tre clean and tidy. De­spite Ian’s ea­ger con­tri­bu­tion, he still needs help; most morn­ings, he is as­sisted by a street-sweeper and a mini army of work­ers that sweep, steam clean, wipe & blow- clean the street ready for a new day. The coun­cil’s clean­ing & sweep­ing pro­grams also pro­vide regular clean­ing of the Town’s mi­nor shop­ping cen­tres and con­duct monthly sweep­ing of all res­i­den­tial streets.

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