Central to transform the streets

Graduates from Central and Billy Blue Design College have been given the opportunity to use their skills to propose new ways for Northbridge business owners to refresh and improve their premises.

The Council has authorised the graduates to develop a property design program, which will be presented to the owners for voluntary implementation.

The focus area will be James Street (between Lake and William) and Lake Street (between Roe and Aberdeen).

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said property owners might be able to apply for Matched Funding Grants up to $5,000 to carry out approved works.

“The program is intended to provide industry pathways within the creative sector for graduating CIT design students while also resulting in a tangible improvement to the appearance of private properties in the focus area,” Ms Scaffidi said.

“The plan is for the graduates to form a ‘design collective’, Guerilla Creative, which, in partnership with CIT, will be contracted to work with businesses.  Lecturers will act as project leaders and mentors.

“Property owners may be exposed to new ideas which ultimately could benefit their businesses.

“City officers have undertaken a land use and dilapidation audit to identify issues which may inhibit businesses from improving their streetfronts.

“The audit highlighted such things as cleanliness, paint and material finishes, graffiti, visible air-conditioners and signage.

“The project brief will emphasise the need for an improved interface with the street and require elements including fire escapes, awnings, windows, entrances and alfresco areas to be incorporated, but will not require major structural changes.”

Ms Scaffidi said the City had a strong relationship with CIT through earlier ‘What If Northbridge’ projects, providing real-life experience to student designers

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