Victoria Park Life #vicparklife

Is a place full of mature trees and charming weatherboard workers' cottages with the baked orange-red of bricks. Where car yards are being redeveloped into apartments and commercial premises and a healthy mix of nationalities and socio-economic groups live together.

A place where the "Super-Cafe Strip" stretches a long way from the River to St James, alive and humming with its own unique energy. Where the local business owners offer fantastic service and a surreal "this is what shops used to be like" retail experience.

Where you can catch up for a meal, a beer or wine and wander home afterwards, past your friends' and neighbours' homes. With open space, parks, river foreshore and a healthy mix of nationalities and socio-economic groups.

Its charm is infectious, relax and enjoy #vicparklife

What's Happening

Our past is the motor trade and car yards but our future is infill. Car yards being redeveloped into apartments and commercial premises bringing more people, more vibrancy and making the promise of our cafe strip even more appealing and sustainable.

what is happening now:

Blackwood Team 6101 - go forth and conquer.

To all of 6101, So you train, you run, you paddle, you swim and you ride and at the end of all this, what? Sometimes you do an event, and the outcome? Hey your results are on a website with 1500 other people. Hey here’s a towel to say you had a bit of a swim and oh by the way every time you go camping, ten other people are gonna have the same towel and possibly, the t-shirt you bought that made you feel special at the time. Feel like there’s something missing, an emptiness in your gut? Sure we’ve got kids, they’re ok but do they fill the void? I’m guessing we’re all over the mid-life crisis bit unless white utes, mid size family SUVs and seven seaters have suddenly become sexy? I don’t think so. So I give you the holy grail. The thing that will fill that” want” in your life, the thing you desire themost. This trophy was made in 1989. The Hawks beat Geelong in a thriller,names like Dipper, Platten, Dunstall and Abblett  get thrown forward.Brereton gets flattened, breaks ribs, bruises a kidney but steadies to kicka goal. Think about that Kez when running up those hills. Canberra beat theBalmain Tigers in what some will say is the best NRL final ever. Meninga,Daley and Stuart. Blocker Roach, Benny Elias and Sironen. Col, think of these boys when the quads are burning. Greg le Mond  wins the tour de France, Becker wins Wimbledon and Alain Prost takes the F1 title, Hoppy you are Prost in that kayak / canoe, whatever… This trophy was born in a time of champions and only champions can win it. 2015, a time where everyone’s a winner, yeah sure it’s ok everyone can have a blue ribbon and you’ve all come first. Well stuff that there’s only one team that can win this trophy and you can stand up, wave it in the air and say to the losers who didn’t win, NO you can’t drink Corona from my cup  whilst standing next to a largebonfire with a plastic chair in it, cos you didn’t win!So when ya think it’s all too hard or too early to get up,  think about thegreat VFL coach John Kennedy. Don’t think, just do something! Cos there’s a fair chance your husband/ wife could be standing  at Donnelly river givingyou a casual wink as if to say look honey, babe, darling or whatever sadname you have for each other, I’m a winner, wear that for twelve longmonths.So when you open the attached photo think about your teams ribbons adorning those funny looking handles on the side. Think about how much your life will be enriched maybe even completed by winning this . The Blackwood trophy 2014.I leave you to dream for the next 2 weeks people, 2 weeks… Al.Al Breen - East Victoria Park

An Author in our midst #vicparklife

Celebrating the diverse talents and achievements of those within the Vic Park Community is at the heart of this thing we call #vicparklife.Who would have thought that hidden amongst school pick ups and drop offs, play dates and running a monster renovation, we’d find our very own Vic Park author?We know that Crow Books will be happy to stock this book and we hope you pick up a copy when it hits the shelves soon!Congratulations Jacqueline Perry-Strickland. 'The Magpie’s Nest has been seven years of toil – five to write it in between having two children and extending our Vic Park weatherboard house, and two to redraft and polish. The refinements are ceaseless with always a different word to try, a different way to phrase, a different mannerism to include. But now the time is drawing near to let you all enter the world of this Perth costume hire shop so you can shimmy the tassels and swish the feather boas, plonk on the pith helmets and dance around the Mexican hats … and maybe draw down your felt cloche hats Miss Marple-style to solve the mystery of the emerald gown. I don’t know where the story came from. It certainly wasn’t storyboarded. Just each time I sat at the laptop there would be developments, scenarios, whisperings being transmitted from my fingertips to the page before my eyes. ‘Who are you and where did you come from?’ I would ask. ‘And where am I going?’ the character would answer. So off we would go on an unenvisaged tangent, one to finally weave back into the story as a whole. So, come November, please read my book! It’s a bit of whimsy, a flight of fancy, and if you pay attention the clues are all there to get to the bottom of it all. But never fear as the sequel (currently in the pipeline), The Cat’s Miaow, will reveal all.’

The Strip

Vic Park is a village, albeit one with a very long main street. Albany Highway. This "Super-Cafe Strip" tells the story of our diversity, our past and the quickly arriving future. The people are friendly and the local businesses offer suprisingly good value.

  • African hairdressers
  • Motorcycle accessory stores
  • Op shops
  • Pubs
  • Photography studios
  • Barbers
  • Book stores
  • Burger bars
  • Boot makers
  • Fair trade shops
  • Food halls
  • Gelato cafes
  • 24 hour pizza shops
  • Curio shops
  • Lingerie shops
  • Gift shops
  • Lebanese restaurants
  • Chinese restaurants
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Mexican restaurants
  • Vietnamese restaurants
  • Nepalese restaurants
  • Malay restaurants
  • Thai restaurants
  • Indian restaurants
  • Turkish restaurants
Cafe COunter

White picket fences and back yards with mulberry trees. Sure there are apartments and town houses and villas and everything in-between. But that is the Town of Victoria Park. It's got a bit of everything.

This is a place to live.

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