As Burwood Council, New South Wales, continues to work towards developing its vision for the future, community consultation consistently indicates that one thing residents truly value is a sense of space.
And one lane next to the very heart of Council has proven to be an excellent addition of public space with residents playing a significant part in the naming process.
Hornsey Lane between Wynne Avenue and Conder Street was pedestrianised. Benches were added for workers to enjoy lunch and Burwood stories came to life with the three murals representing past present and future through the creation of public murals.
The name Unity Place was voted on by the public with the project supported by the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’ ‘Places to Love’ program and Festival of Place – Summer Fund (10k).
To thank the community, a special COVID-19 safe celebration was held with a large crowd enjoying the music, magic and entertainment provided by local community groups, library activities, and of course the interactive light installations. If that wasn’t enough appetites were certainly sated with the wide range of food trucks on hand.
Mayor John Faker said Unity Place was living up to its name.
“It’s great to see so many members of our community enjoy the space. I believe the name itself is a fantastic endorsement from the community that they see Burwood as a place of inclusion, harmony and coming together.”
The name change from Hornsey Lane to Unity Place was accepted by the New South Wales Geographical Names Board and adopted by Council at their Ordinary Meeting in May.