A tale of two cities

Guardian Express - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

MT Law­ley is di­vided by two coun­cils but Stir­ling and Vin­cent’s may­ors say they are open to work­ing to­gether dur­ing a new streetscape study.

A pocket of Beau­fort Street be­tween Wal­cott Street and Queens Cres­cent and across to Field and Al­van streets will be the sub­ject of a Stir­ling com­mu­nity vi­sion work­shop next week.

Mt Law­ley MLA Si­mon Mill­man urged Stir­ling Mayor Mark Ir­win and Vin­cent Mayor Emma Cole to en­sure their cities were on the same page, given the split down Wal­cott Street.

“As the com­mu­nity meets with the City of Stir­ling to talk about the fu­ture of Mt Law­ley’s streetscape, I hope they will re­mind the City that Mt Law­ley tra­verses both sides of Wal­cott Street,” Mr Mill­man said.

“Ev­ery­one that I speak to about this wants Stir­ling and Vin­cent to work to­gether to en­sure that we have a town plan for cen­tral Mt Law­ley that is co­he­sive and har­mo­nious.”

Mr Ir­win said the City was keen to en­gage with Vin­cent and other stake­hold­ers to pro­vide a “seam­less and vi­brant” Beau­fort Street.

“While there will be a num­ber of fac­tors to con­sider, such as the area’s char­ac­ter re­ten­tion, we are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing these dis­cus­sions and work­ing to­gether to get the best out of the area,” Mr Ir­win said.

Ms Cole said Vin­cent had just be­come aware of the project and was reach­ing out.

“We are al­ways happy to dis­cuss fu­ture plans for Beau­fort Street with the City of Stir­ling and the lo­cal town team, the Beau­fort Street Net­work (BSN), which works across the whole of Beau­fort Street in the High­gate and Mt Law­ley area,” she said.

“I be­lieve that by aligning our vi­sion and through on­go­ing di­a­logue with BSN and our neigh­bours at Stir­ling, we can all en­sure our plans are co­he­sive and de­liver the very best out­comes for Beau­fort Street.”

The com­mu­nity work­shop will run on Oc­to­ber 31 from 6pm at Mt Law­ley Bowl­ing Club, with RSVPs by Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

The streetscape re­port is ex­pected to be pre­sented to Stir­ling coun­cil­lors in May 2019.

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