Behind the scenes, your traders association committee is working tirelessly with a few projects starting to gain momentum.
It would be great to have as many local business owners in the Swan, Lennox, Church, Burnley and adjoining streets such as Bendigo Streets etc come along to a meeting on Tuesday 2nd of June 2015 at 6pm at the Corner Hotel next to the Richmond Station on Swan Street to discuss the following:
Wall Mural (Vic Track In Principal Approval To Paint)
After lengthy negotiations it is great to have the support of Vic Track the owners of the railway property and wall on Swan Street that is a gateway to our precinct and at present an unsightly welcome for visitors.
We are proposing to call for an expression of interest for local artists to paint the wall and one design that we are considering is a ‘Vintage Style’ map of the area featuring key landmarks and businesses.
To fund this project businesses that wanted to be featured on the wall would pay a fee to have their business showcased similar to the map example below. The fee would be a cost recovery project only and we would also seek sponsors to maintain the mural.
Swan Street Gateway To Precinct Wall Mural Proposal #1 (Similar Design Proposed)
As you can imagine a well designed and painted mural will be more appealing than what the wall currently looks like.
Richmond Station Wall For Proposed Mural
Bins Signed With Local Area Information
Informal talks have been held with council about how to improve out precinct ‘cleanliness’ considering the high volume of foot traffic at night time and after big events at the ‘Olympic Sporting Precinct’. Included in those talks was a proposal to have the bins signed similar to Bay Street Port Melbourne with signs that feature key facilities etc in our great precinct.
It is great to have this opportunity to work with council and that they are taking a proactive interest in addressing some litter issues.
“Bins With Purpose”
A great initiative to highlight key areas of our great precinct
Instagram Icon & Book Exchange (Burnley Street End Of Swan Street)
Not to take away from our great cafe/bookstore ‘Booktalk’ on Swan Street, but the eastern end of Swan Street would be a great location for an old style phone box similar to the one below that would operate as a FREE book exchange and ‘Instagram Icon’ to promote social media activity.
It is suggested the ‘Book Exchange’ would:
- Be sponsored by a local glazier for tempered glass
- Be locked at night by the nearest trader
- Enhance our eastern end of Swan Street with an iconic landmark that would encourage community spirit and social media activity
Old Phone Booth Book Exchange
As you can see the Committee is constantly trying to enhance our precinct and feel free to pass this blog on to your neighbouring traders who have not subscribed so they can get updates.
Hope to see as many of you as possible at the next committee meeting.
Bradley W. Deacon
President Swan Street Village Traders Association