Vibrant Subiaco is no longer
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,