FROM SO­CIAL ME­DIA

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly read­ers re­sponded with a mix of anger, sad­ness and res­ig­na­tion to last week’s front page that Subiaco’s popular Sta­tion Street Mar­kets will close this year to make way for a Coles-Tar­get shop­ping precinct. We do not need any more Coles/Tar­get shop­ping precincts. If peo­ple want Tar­get they go to shop­ping cen­tres. This is not com­pat­i­ble with the am­bi­ence of Subiaco. Can’t the coun­cil do some­thing? What about peo­ple ac­tion from the lo­cals? - Roslyn Hack­shaw The site is un­der-used for its lo­ca­tion. There’s ac­tiv­ity three days a week, and the rest of the time it sits idle. Even the car park is chained off and not earn­ing the own­ers an in­come! If they couldn’t make the prop­erty lu­cra­tive then of course they’re go­ing to look for a bet­ter re­turn on their in­vest­ment. It’ll be a shame to see the mar­kets go, es­pe­cial- ly given that this was the last spot sav­ing Subi from be­ing just an­other bland fran­chise sub­urb. But we live in a cap­i­tal­ist coun­try so there’s no use sook­ing. - Tim Villa My shop­ping in Subiaco will end per­ma­nently with this devel­op­ment. Why would I come from south of the river for Coles and Tar­get? I won’t and nei­ther will many oth­ers.

-Anne Mont­gomery “Beloved” is spot-on. Many will grieve the loss of this com­mu­nity hub. The own­ers want the prop­erty to be lu­cra­tive for them in mon­e­tary terms, and that is their right. But for those of us who come to the mar­kets to feel con­nected to our com­mu­nity and to find the kind of in­ter­ac­tion that we can­not get in a su­per- mar­ket, the so­cial value gen­er­ated by this mar­ket far out­weighs any mon­e­tary value the prop­erty might have. - Wendy Gar­rity About time the west­ern sub­urbs got a lo­cal Tar­get. Hooray! Kylie Fraser I can’t make any sense of this de­ci­sion. Subi has al­ready lost its vibe and at­mos­phere in the past 5-10 years and this is just one more step in the wrong di­rec­tion. Worst idea by the MRA. - Belle Sherry Even though I like the mar­kets a lot, I think it does look rather run­down. Hope­fully, it can be re­lo­cated to a place not too far away from Subi. I think it is great hav­ing a Coles-Tar­get in Subi. - Anne Kiew Just an­other nail in the cof­fin for Subiaco.

- An­drew Bur­rell

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