Old Places, New Spaces - ROW52 Laneway Upgrade

Consultation has concluded

'Old Places, New Spaces' is a program targeting places within the Town that can be renewed and upgraded for greater community use and benefit. This program was developed following a Council resolution to investigate alternative options for the use of laneways and intersections along Albany Hwy and was later broadened by the Town to include all public areas of interest, also know as the public realm.

The first project to be delivered under the 'Old Places, New Spaces' program is the upgrade of ROW52. ROW52 is the laneway that is located between Ten Ten Kitchen, East Victoria Park IGA and TAO Restaurant. The site is one of the Town’s most identifiable public spaces and it is currently accessed by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles for movement between Albany Hwy and the Iceworks Lane car park.

The site attracts significant public attendance during the TGIF markets, but it is rarely utilised by the community outside of these times and only serves the purpose of a thoroughfare between the Albany Hwy main street and public car parking. Due to the condition of the laneway and the active pedestrian environment of the Albany Hwy main street there is often conflict between cars and people, which creates an unpleasant space.

What is happening now?

Consultation has closed for the naming of the new laneway. Engagement results will be presented to Elected Members at the Ordinary Council Meeting in June.

How can I find out more information?

  • Ask a question and we will respond.
  • Read the FAQs
  • View the engagement report or the concept design in the document library

'Old Places, New Spaces' is a program targeting places within the Town that can be renewed and upgraded for greater community use and benefit. This program was developed following a Council resolution to investigate alternative options for the use of laneways and intersections along Albany Hwy and was later broadened by the Town to include all public areas of interest, also know as the public realm.

The first project to be delivered under the 'Old Places, New Spaces' program is the upgrade of ROW52. ROW52 is the laneway that is located between Ten Ten Kitchen, East Victoria Park IGA and TAO Restaurant. The site is one of the Town’s most identifiable public spaces and it is currently accessed by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles for movement between Albany Hwy and the Iceworks Lane car park.

The site attracts significant public attendance during the TGIF markets, but it is rarely utilised by the community outside of these times and only serves the purpose of a thoroughfare between the Albany Hwy main street and public car parking. Due to the condition of the laneway and the active pedestrian environment of the Albany Hwy main street there is often conflict between cars and people, which creates an unpleasant space.

What is happening now?

Consultation has closed for the naming of the new laneway. Engagement results will be presented to Elected Members at the Ordinary Council Meeting in June.

How can I find out more information?

  • Ask a question and we will respond.
  • Read the FAQs
  • View the engagement report or the concept design in the document library
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Can’t it just stay as ROW52? Much better than the other names...

    Kreu asked 3 months ago

    Hi Kreu,

    Based on feedback received online, leaving the name "ROW52" will be an option that is presented to Council for consideration.

  • I just wanted to comment that Right of Way 52 is a cool name! And I actually like it better than those in the survey.

    julieannemcguinness85 asked 3 months ago

    Hi Julieannemcguinness85,

    Thank you for your feedback we will make note of this.

  • Hi, I was thinking this was open to suggest names for this lane, but then saw that names have been picked and you want punters to vote on this choice provided. Nearly fell out of my chair when I saw them, sorry but you've got to be kidding, who came up with these names....little kids, druggies, space cadets or COVID0-19 sufferers? So unfortunately I can't vote on any of them. ta

    Gregarious asked 3 months ago

    Hi Gregarious,

    During the community engagement for the design of the laneway the Town asked for the community to suggest potential names for renaming ROW52. These names, combined with some internal additions, were combined into a single list that was sent to Landgate for preliminary approval. From the total list sent to Landgate 10 names were returned as being suitable under the Landgate naming conventions. The Town has now released those names to the public to vote.

  • How was the list of possible names developed? They all seem pretty uninteresting. The only one that I have voted for was Dragon Lane which reflects the Asian influence int he area. A better name would also be after one of the prominent local women that it is proposed local landmarks be named after.

    PeterPring asked 3 months ago

    Hi PeterPring

    During the community engagement for the design of the laneway the Town asked for the community to suggest potential names for renaming ROW52. These names, combined with some internal additions, were combined into a single list that was sent to Landgate for preliminary approval. From the total list sent to Landgate 10 names were returned as being suitable under the Landgate naming conventions. The Town has now released those names to the public to vote.

    The Town also investigated the renaming of ROW52 to Benton Lane after a prominent community member Ellis May Benton. Ellis May Benton was born and lived in Victoria Park. She was enlisted in World War II in May 1942, aged 19 years, and served in the Air Force as a Corporal until she was discharged in April 1946. However, at the December 2019 OCM, this name was deemed not suitable for this location be Elected Members.

  • Why not call it Iceworks Walk as the lane it is off is called Iceworks Lane. Sounds good to me :)

    Betty asked 4 months ago

    Hi Betty,

    The Landgate naming conventions would likely reject any name with "Iceworks" in it as they usually do not allow two streets with the same or similar names in close proximity of each other.