Makoever plans for Alison Hartman Garden image

27 October 2017

How would you like to see Alison Hartman Garden used?

That is the question the City of Albany will be asking the community when it holds a series of community engagement and information sessions as part of plans to give the park a facelift.

Alison Hartman Garden, which fronts York Street and has historical links to the heritage-listed education precinct on the corner of Collie Street and Serpentine Road, is underutilised. It contains a memorial statue of Mokare as well as its own heritage elements, commemorative plaques and community features.

Council has received funding towards transforming the space to complement recent redevelopments in the city centre and add further vibrancy to the city’s civic heart.

With student accommodation plans for the education precinct behind the garden, it is ideally placed to link students to the city centre by connecting them with the Albany Public Library, Visitor Centre, Town Hall and Town Square, creating a central hub for education, tourism, culture and information.

City staff will be hosting face-to-face community engagement and information sessions on the garden project to seek community feedback, as well as providing a progress update on the Albany Tourism and Information Hub and Albany Public Library projects.

“Ever since the construction of the Town Square the City has been on a journey to transform our city centre into a vibrant public space and the enhancement of Alison Hartman Garden will certainly make this civic precinct blossom,” Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said. 

Residents can attend the following information sessions at the shipping container in Town Square: 

Wednesday 1st November 12pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm

Thursday 2nd November 12pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm

Friday 3rd November 12pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm

Saturday 4th November 9am-12pm

“We look forward to hearing from you about how you would like to see the garden used to guide our plans for an enhancement that suits the community’s needs while retaining its heritage and cultural importance,” Mr Sharpe said. 

Enhancement works at the park will begin next year.

Find further information and a copy of the feedback form at http://www.albany.wa.gov.au/council/projects-maintenance/city-hub/