Re­tail space cost is the real is­sue LET­TER

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion -

Pop-up vans are not the prob­lem in Broome, it is the crazy high rent re­tail­ers have to pay.

Ev­ery time a shop closes it is the rent that is said to be the main rea­son. The prob­lem is there is not enough free­hold land for re­tail­ers.

We need land that can­not be sub­let. It must be owner-oc­cu­pier.

Cut out the spec­ta­tors and put a bit of com­pe­ti­tion into this town.

The Shire of Broome and the State Gov­ern­ment have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep the cost of liv­ing down in Broome. Open­ing free­hold land for re­tail­ers should lower over­heads and prices.

There was talk of a home­maker cen­tre. Set this up in the Ca­ble Beach area, give the long-term Broome busi­nesses pri­or­ity and make it 60 per cent owner-oc­cu­pier.

Give Broome peo­ple a fair go. Gary Cann, Broome

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