Perth needs mar­ket, says dis­ap­pointed stall­hold­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News -

PERTH is about to be­come one of the only cap­i­tal cities in the world with­out a per­ma­nent mar­ket, says SAVE Subiaco Mar­ket cam­paign founder Is­lam Bouyahia.

Mr Bouyahia said Sta­tion Street Mar­ket stall­hold­ers felt be­trayed that man­age­ment con­tin­ued to rent out shop space and some stall­hold­ers felt false hope that the mar­kets might stay open.

“It was just them buy­ing time to gen­er­ate more rev­enue; this is what hap­pens when a mar­ket is pri­vately owned,” he said.

“I think it comes down to com­mu­nity apathy; peo­ple were happy to like the Face­book page or sign the pe­ti­tion, but there was no fol­low-up or real ac­tion.

“There is a pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tive (Mar­kets on Rokeby) that some stall­hold­ers could move to. But mar­kets in Subiaco will never be the same again.”

Karutz Small­go­ods owner Rod­ney Bates said he and fel­low stall­hold­ers were grad­u­ally com­ing to terms with the news that Sta­tion Street Mar­kets would def­i­nitely close. “No-one is happy, but if it’s over then its over,” Mr Bates said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Sta­tion Street Mar­ket stall­hold­ers feel dis­ap­pointed and be­trayed at its clo­sure, ac­cord­ing to Is­lam Bouyahia.

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