THE newest addition to Mayfield’s streetscape stands for everything local shop owners and residents hope for in their suburb’s future.
‘‘Lively, bright, fresh and clean’’ were the words Mayfield Business Improvement Association president and owner of Maitland Road business Davies Shoes, Ivor Davies, used to describe the association’s latest revitalisation project – a mural.
He said the mural represented the association’s vision for Mayfield, which it had worked towards for 25 years.
Mr Davies said the projects were aimed to keep Mayfield a viable retail area with a ‘‘friendly, comfortable shopping environment’’.
He said the association provided ‘‘services beyond the reach of council’’ and had always operated independently.
Its 65 members pay an additional 6per cent levy on top of their usual rates to fund association projects.
Newcastle council collects the levy on its behalf and hands it back to the association to use.
The mural, a jointly funded effort between the association and the council, is the latest in a series of revamps in the precinct.
Other efforts to liven up the town centre included pot plants along Maitland Road, paved footpaths, and the installation of under-awning lighting for added security.
Extra benches were also fitted along the main road at bus stops.
However, like all areas, Mayfield has its obstacles.
Mr Davies said vandalism was sometimes an issue, but was adamant it happened in most suburbs.
The member levy pays for an anti-graffiti officer to keep facades clean and maintenance workers to repair vandal damage, which fall outside council duties.
Last month, on Graffiti Removal Day, the community scrubbed large sections of graffiti off the backs of businesses along Webb Park on Hanbury Street, off Maitland Road.
A new mural, designed by a former association member, is now under way at the park in place of the graffiti tags.