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:

Economic unwinding - are we better for it?

I often ponder if this economic reversal of fortune for WA isn’t fundamentally a very good thing. I’m not discounting anyone’s pain and anxiety around job security. The economic ‘unwinding’ of our mining boom creates collateral damage and blood on the floor for both businesses and the community. But maybe those heady economic times lead us, like a bull by its nose ring, to a place of compromise, where social norms adjust to accommodate the next big project.On so many levels the boom has changed the way we live. In Perth, things are/were more expensive. From coffee to tradespeople, the boom gave us one of the highest costs of living in the world. If you weren’t on the mining wagon train you got left behind. High housing costs - particularly rentals, forced people to live far from their place of work.We had big chunks of the workforce on FIFO rosters, a disconnective practice that tears at the fabric of families and community. And people talked money. The ‘I have’ conversation. My toys are ‘bigger, better, newer’.Well that’s all grinding to a halt. This lull in rampant hole digging is a great moment to stop and work out what’s important to us as a community and as individuals.Suddenly the whole conversation takes on a more humanistic element. It doesn’t matter if you are renting out a property or if you are a plumber fixing taps, the consumer has more choice and it necessitates that the service provider must be a nicer, friendly person to do business with.It seems not long ago the boom paradigm was transactional. Everything came down to a deal and a dollar amount. And even though I’m in an inherently commercial business, it is a business of people and it is focused on a community.I notice my community having different conversations - in fact having conversations is a start! Conversations about social inclusion, urban renewal and space activation.Maybe this would have happened despite the boom, but my feeling is that the boom’s absence lets all of us focus on the more important things in life.Derek Baston

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.

Grocer
  • 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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