Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I NOTED in the South­ern Gazette, November 8, a per­son’s com­ment that they would like to see cafes stay open past 2.30pm.

This in­di­cated to me that the vi­tal­ity in South Perth was some­what lack­ing. I know that the main street has not changed in the 25 years that I have known it.

Re­search by RPS has shown that WA peo­ple spend about $13,850 per an­num on dis­cre­tionary spends such as eat­ing out and gro­ceries.

Con­sider Fre­man­tle; with a cur­rent CBD pop­u­la­tion of 850 their dis­cre­tionary spend is ap­prox­i­mately $11,772,500 per an­num.

Once Fre­man­tle reaches a pop­u­la­tion of 5000 the dis­cre­tionary spend will rise to $69,250,000.

South Perth also has this op­por­tu­nity with the pro­posed CBD devel­op­ment. In­creased pop­u­la­tion will cre­ate more ser­vices and ac­tiv­ity. If you want more ser­vices, one way to achieve this is more peo­ple.

But you can’t have more ser­vices if you say “no” to apart­ments.

South Perth has al­ways been an area iden­ti­fied with apart­ments – I don’t un­der­stand why you would then be so op­posed to its on­go­ing tran­si­tion? SA­MAN­THA REECE, Vic­to­ria Park.

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