Vi­brant Subiaco is no longer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AN ar­ti­cle in the March 24 edi­tion re­ported that the City of Subiaco chief ex­ec­u­tive, Ian Hill, was “quite happy” with the busi­ness va­cancy rate. Re­ally!

Has he walked up and down Rokeby Road and or Hay Street in the evening, day or night? It is as dead as the prover­bial door­knob.

Is he say­ing th­ese things to re­as­sure him­self and the coun­cil to take the glare of mon­strous fail­ure off him and coun­cils, past and present? This self-delu­sion is stag­ger­ing.

Subiaco used to be a vi­brant and sought-af­ter place to go to shop, eat and be seen – not any­more. It is a dull and life­less strip that has suf­fered from poor lo­cal gov­er­nance.

The re­verse is true of the Leed­erville area, which is a great place to have a meal, shop or a drink. It has been well sup­ported by the City of Vin­cent that ob­vi­ously has good lead­er­ship.

Subiaco has suf­fered for more than five years (per­haps a lot longer) from a coun­cil that does not sup­port busi­ness and in many in­stances ac­tively dis­crim­i­nates against it.

Lead­er­ship takes clear-think­ing strat­egy and does the right thing for the over­all good of the com­mu­nity.

Only now is the coun­cil think­ing that some­thing must be done – it is too late by a long way. Good plan­ning de­mands all seg­ments of the com­mu­nity need to be nur­tured – res­i­den­tial, cul­tural and busi­ness, not one at the ex­pense of all the oth­ers. An­tMcGrath,


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