Pe­ti­tion to stop pop-ups

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

TRADERS along Mends Street in South Perth have pe­ti­tioned Lands Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti to re­ject changes re­quested by the City of South Perth.

The coun­cil au­tho­rised an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Depart­ment of Lands to change the des­ig­nated pur­pose of Re­serve 34565 to re­cre­ation and im­per­ma­nent food, bev­er­age and other en­ter­tain­ment events.

Mends Street busi­ness own­ers have pre­vi­ously pe­ti­tioned the coun­cil for help for fall­ing trade and have voiced their op­po­si­tion to pop-up busi­nesses, which they claim take busi­ness away from their street.

South Perth res­i­dent Harry An­stey helped the traders put to­gether the pe­ti­tion, which had more than 500 sig­na­tures.

“The mo­tion uses the word im­per­ma­nent, which does not have con­straints in terms of time com­pared to the word tem­po­rary,” he said.

“The pe­ti­tion was cre­ated af­ter a meet­ing be­tween the traders, (South Metropoli­tan MLC) Kate Doust and the City of South Perth Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion. It’s some­thing that is no longer a coun­cil mat­ter.”

The pe­ti­tion was also sent to Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man, South Perth MLA John McGrath and City of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Glass. It makes note of the City of South Perth spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing on June 8 re­gard­ing the then-pro­posed Wes­tralian Cen­tre. A mo­tion which in­cluded the state­ment that the “de­vel­op­ment of build­ings and struc­tures on the Sir James Mitchell Park are gen­er­ally not sup­ported” was passed.

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