SOUTH SHOP STOP
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.