Mainstreet Advantage Conference
The mainstreet community was out in force with 130 attending for the Mainstreet Advantage Conference held at the Wyndham Cultural Centre on October 20. Breakfast was a Walk on Watton at brisk walking pace with Steve Bentley and the Vibrant City Centre Team showing us the exciting initiatives and plans for the Werribee City Centre. While the barrista recovered we heard Keiren Flanagan deliver a passionate keynote on Finding Your Advantage. The message was loud and clear: “You can’t afford to sit on the fence and don’t be boring”.
Cathy Treasure made us feel we were on our way to Parkes for the 25th Parkes Elvis festival! A crowd of 25,ooo is expected to descend on the town in 2017 not long after the Christmas pudding is finished. Jude Hannah(Urban Glue) reminded us of the importance of relevance and honesty in main streets. “People know when you are putting lipstick on a pig”.
Hello City guru Kate McMahon summed up the situation for retail strips: The biggest risk is taking no risk at all. Imagination, passion and commitment are required. There were plenty more highlights and great networking.
A warm up for the Mainstreet National Conference 2017!
Mainstreet National Conference 2017
We are pleased to announce that the National Mainstreet Conference will be held 25th to 27th of October 2017 in Melbourne at Crown Conference Centre in conjunction with ICTC. Mark the date in your diaries with more details will follow in the 2017.
Mainstreet Australia AGM
The Mainstreet AGM will be held at 6pm next Thursday 17th November at Ivanhoe Town Hall, Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe. Nominations are now open for the Committee for 2017. We are really keen to see more members of our mainstreet community, including centre managers, helping to lead and shape the organisation. If you are interested in getting involved please download the nomination form and return it to Mainstreet.
A Centre Managers Network night will be held in Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe following the AGM.
Level Crossing Removals
Thank you to the panel members for the presentation at Mainstreet Advantage on the level crossing removal program and Blackburn traders in particular for the active role they have played. If anyone has passed through Bayswater over the past week the level of construction activity is extraordinary. A further 17 projects involving trader consultation are underway. For the latest on what is coming up on level crossing removals visit Level Crossing Removals
Streets Ahead in Economic Development
Banyule Council continues to be a national leader in marketing and developing partnerships to support main streets. The program of matched special rate funding provides over $1 million per annum across 11 main streets. For more information see the LG Focus article Streets Ahead