Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - So­phie Gabrielle

THE Town of Cam­bridge Street Fes­ti­val was des­tined to be the last event the town held be­fore it merged with the City of Subiaco.

Cam­bridge Mayor Simon Withers said the fes­ti­val would now be a cel­e­bra­tion of how far the town has come since it was cre­ated 20 years ago.

“It was go­ing to be the last event held by Cam­bridge be­fore all the merg­ers took ef­fect and it was start­ing to feel like a wake,” Mr Withers said.

“Now it will be a cel­e­bra­tion of how far we have come and what we have to look for­ward to.

“Cam­bridge has de­vel­oped its own sense of iden­tity and peo­ple are very proud to live in Cam­bridge.”

Mr Withers said the fes­ti­val this Satur­day would be an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the mile­stone with the com­mu­nity.

“Our com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion shows that res­i­dents would like more com­mu­nity events and the fes­ti­val is, in part, an ex­per­i­ment to see if it is what peo­ple want,” he said.

“If it goes well, it might be­come an an­nual event.”

Mr Withers said the chal­lenge for Cam­bridge over the next 20 years would be to im­prove main streets and shop­ping precincts while re­tain­ing Cam­bridge’s iden­tity.

“If we get it right, we will have fab­u­lous beaches, parks and gar­dens and other public ameni­ties, cou­pled with in­ter­est­ing shop­ping precincts and great neigh­bour­hoods,” he said.

“Keep­ing the lid on overde­vel­op­ment, which is a re­cur­ring prob­lem, while get­ting the type of devel­op­ment we need has been a ma­jor headache and is one of the main chal­lenges for the fu­ture.”

The an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Cam­bridge Street will have a car­ni­val at­mos­phere and in­clude live bands, cir­cus per­form­ers, pop-up mar­ket stalls, buskers, amuse­ment rides, cir­cus work­shops, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and street theatre.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson d434423

Dawn Pascoe with Cam­bridge’s Ja­son Buck­ley, Alan Langer and Mayor Simon Withers.

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