What is 'Old Places, New Spaces'

    'Old Places, New Spaces' is a public realm upgrade program focusing on renewing, upgrading and invigorating existing public places within the Town and making them inviting and active spaces for greater community benefit. The initiative came as a result of a notice of motion being endorsed by Council requesting the CEO to;

    Investigate alternative options for the use of the laneways and intersections along Albany Highway between Teddington Street and Westminster Street and prepare a report about the possible alternative uses for any identified laneways and intersections which could ultimately be trialled to gauge feedback from the community and businesses.

    Since the initial motion and subsequent investigation, the Town decided to widen the scope of the program to include all public realm spaces within the Town. This will enable the team to deliver a wider range of successful upgrade projects.

    What is happening in ROW52 laneway?

    The proposal is to close the laneway to vehicle traffic and upgrade the space to a high standard, focused on a pedestrian scale. The project is seeking to achieve the following objectives:

    • Upgrade and name the laneway;
    • Enhance community and cultural activities on the site;
    • Prioritise pedestrian movements through the site;
    • Provide a safe and inviting space for the community;
    • Encourage integration between private and public spaces;
    • Facilitate community collaboration through design; and
    • Capture learnings to help deliver future 'Old Places, New Spaces' upgrades

    Why was ROW52 chosen as the first project?

    The site is one of the Town’s most used public spaces which has been identified as requiring renewal to deliver a greater outcome for the community. This site is well known within the community and is a place used for seasonal events. The site was rated as having the highest potential for upgrade and therefore it has been chosen as the most appropriate site for the first project delivered under the Public Realm Upgrade Program (known as Old Places, New Spaces).

    What were the design themes used to inform the concept design?

    The key themes from the community that formed the design criteria were:

    1. Flexible – Able to host diverse range of small events.
    2. Social – Provides a space to sit, relax, socialise.
    3. Cultural – Includes art and an aesthetically high quality outcome.
    4. Safe – Well-lit space utilising CPTED strategies to maximise safety.
    5. Green – includes greening opportunities and vegetation.
    6. Pedestrian focused – a clear, inclusive pedestrian connection between the car park and Albany Highway with a restriction of vehicle access.
    7. Well integrated – Allowance for future improved neighbouring business connection and considers site context and interfaces.


    How is the project being funded?

    The design of the laneway upgrade will be funded through the Town's existing operational budget. Once detailed design and estimated costings have been finalised the project team will be exploring capital funding options with Council.

    Are the neighbouring businesses involved in this project?

    The location of this laneway presents a great opportunity for neighbouring businesses to integrate with the laneway. The project team is meeting with these businesses to explore how they can be involved in the project.

    Where is the next Old Places, New Spaces project?

    The Town is exploring a number of options for the next 'Old Places, New Spaces' project. If you have a suggestion please feel free to tell us where by using the 'drop a pin' tool.

    What are the rules around naming of a place in Western Australia?

    The Policies and Standards for Geographical Naming in Western Australia includes a number of fundamental requirements for the naming of roads, administrative boundaries, cultural and topographical features. They include legislative considerations, external policies and cultural factors to ensure a sound toponymic heritage for future generations of Western Australians.

    For more information please visit Landgate website