Rokeby to get a facelift

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CANDLER

SUBIACO Coun­cil ap­proved an im­me­di­ate spend of about $100,000 on short-term ini­tia­tives to im­prove Rokeby Road last week.

The plans in­clude in­stal­la­tion of bud light­ing in four street trees at the Hay Street and Churchill Av­enue in­ter­sec­tions, 70 foot­path planter boxes, up­graded street fur­ni­ture, “all weather” seat­ing, two tem­po­rary parklets within ex­ist­ing car bays and new ban­ner poles on Hay Street.

How­ever, Cr Mark Burns said he ques­tioned the lack of de­tail in the pro­posal and whether the City of Subiaco could stay within bud­get.

“What kind of pot plants do we get for $217 each, and who will wa­ter them? I fully sup­port ac­tion on Rokeby Road, but this plan is based on an un­achiev­able low num­ber,” Cr Burns said.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill said coun­cil­lors needed to trust its staff to do their jobs be­cause there were many el­e­ments in­volved with the plans.

“To cross-ex­am­ine staff at this stage of the night and at this stage of the project would be mis­ad­ven­ture,” Mr Hill said.

Cr Lee Hem­s­ley said he did not need to know the de­tail, as he had com­plete con­fi­dence in the staff.

Cr Stephanie Stroud said the “long over­due” up­grades were sym­bolic of greater change to come with the town cen­tre Public Realm Plan. Public WiFi is also be­ing con­sid­ered.

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