FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
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