Mar­kets are an icon worth pre­serv­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

signed a pe­ti­tion to pro­tect the Mar­ket. I hope the plan­ning au­thor­i­ties will lis­ten to peo­ple’s ideas about this icon at the heart of Su­bi­aco. JudyB­lyth,

Daglish. MANY have been call­ing for an imag­i­na­tive re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Su­bi­aco while only parts of it have hit the dol­drums.

For decades, the Sta­tion Street Mar­ket has been full of vi­tal­ity, at­tract­ing more shop­pers to the area, as Dean Scott of Su­bi­aco Square newsagency has ap­pre­ci­ated (Your Say, WesternSuburb­sWeekly, Au­gust 26).

Hooray too for Humphrey Boogaerdt in the same is­sue for point­ing out in his let­ter the her­itage value of this popular mar­ket. His in­no­va­tive sug­ges­tion of de­vel­op­ing the site as a cov­ered mar­ket with of­fices on first floor and apart­ments above that storey is very en­tic­ing – and in line with much-needed high­er­den­sity liv­ing along main trans­port routes as Perth’s pop­u­la­tion bur­geons.

Then the mar­ket and ex­tra res­i­dents could en­joy the prox­im­ity to Subi rail­way sta­tion and bus ser­vices, the 50 or so stall own­ers’ liveli­hoods could be main­tained and we cit­i­zens could con­tinue to en­joy “bump­ing into” each other’s fa­mil­iar friendly faces as we do our weekly shop­ping there.

Re­build­ing the Sta­tion Street Mar­ket this way on its present foot­print would take some time dur­ing which the present stall­hold­ers should be as­sisted to run their busi- nesses lo­cally else­where. Maybe that idea of the For­rest Square car park by Row­land Street could be used dur­ing this tran­si­tional pe­riod - just a thought.

If Su­bi­aco coun­cil would re­duce the rates that site owner Bruce Brown has to pay, un­til a vi­able and rea­son­able in­terim strat­egy was es­tab­lished, that could en­able the mar­ket to keep op­er­at­ing right through this tran­si­tional pe­riod un­til the stall­hold­ers could re­turn.

Th­ese days, it’s the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity dom­i­nat­ing plan­ning our sub­urbs, and we have a State Gov­ern­ment, be­sot­ted with big high-rise de­vel­op­ments, rid­ing roughshod over lo­cal in­put.

Many thou­sands of peo­ple have

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