Sta­tion re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE’S Sta­tion Street strip of shops and of­fices will get a new iden­tity in a draft Town of Cottes­loe plan to re­con­nect it to peo­ple and the neigh­bour­ing train sta­tion.

The wide and open street is par­al­lel to busy Napoleon Street, where re­cent im­prove­ments and new shops have at­tracted shop­pers spend­ing and so­cial­is­ing.

The coun­cil wants to bring some of that vi­tal­ity to Sta­tion Street and its Place Mak­ing Strat­egy for the east-west road is now open for pub­lic com­ment af­ter its adop­tion last month.

The strat­egy in­cludes al­ter­ing the street’s western in­ter­sec­tion so pedes­tri­ans and train users are bet­ter con­nected to the rail­way sta­tion. “We should be start­ing by the first half of 2017, and we have al­ready made an al­lowance in the bud­get to start a sec­tion of the work,” Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.

A pocket park is planned near the cur­rent per­gola bus stop and con­tin­u­ous paths could be cre­ated so walk­ers are not in­ter­rupted by drive­ways from the shops and of­fices. Other small, tem­po­rary ar­eas called parklets could be cre­ated halfway down Sta­tion Street to in­tro­duce street din­ing. Mrs Dawkins said the coun­cil’s im­prove­ments would be only on the street and its paths and in­clude in­stalling plants and im­prov­ing park­ing.

TPG Place Match ur­ban designer Bron­wyn Slater said the chal­lenge was to not have Sta­tion Street com­pete with Napoleon Street, but to cre­ate a new iden­tity for the area.

“I think Sta­tion Street has the po­ten­tial to be the sis­ter ‘fun’ street,” Ms Slater said.

Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the strat­egy in­cludes ses­sions at the War Me­mo­rial Hall, Civic Centre, Broome Street from 6pm to 8pm on November 30 and 10am to noon on De­cem­ber 10.

The strat­egy is avail­able at www.cottes­loe.wa.gov.au.

Com­ments can be sent to coun­cil@cottes­loe.wa.gov.au un­til Jan­uary 6.

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