In mar­ket for new vi­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Rosanna Candler

SUBIACO Mayor Heather Hen­der­son says she is look­ing for­ward to the day tourists ar­rive at Perth In­ter­na­tional Air­port and pick up a pam­phlet for Mar­kets on Rokeby.

Coun­cil­lors threw their unan­i­mous sup­port be­hind the Venn Prop­erty Group (VPG) con­cept last week, which would close Rokeby Road be­tween Bagot Road and Hay Street to traf­fic ev­ery week­end to make way for 200 tented mar­ket stalls.

VPG di­rec­tors Evan Bri­ers and Hadley Mis­sell said they hoped to launch the mar­ket this spring.

“Now we have a green light from the City, we are hop­ing to lodge a li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion with Main Roads WA and get ap­proval as soon as pos­si­ble,” Mr Mis­sell said.

“Most of all, we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to stim­u­lat­ing re­tail on the road.

“Sup­port from 55 lo­cal busi­nesses was the re­sult of a lot of hard work and con­sul­ta­tion with re­tail­ers. It is very im­por­tant to us that they feel a part of it.”

Mr Bri­ers said he hoped Mar­kets on Rokeby would be­come an “iconic cen­tre­piece for Perth”.

At the coun­cil meet­ing, Ta­ble Cul­ture owner Emma McCarthy said Mar­kets on Rokeby had the po­ten­tial to help recre­ate Subiaco as a des­ti­na­tion and “re­claim its man­tle” as a pre­mier shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.

“Th­ese mar­kets will be­come part of the fab­ric of Subiaco and add a rich layer to its his­tory,” Ms McCarthy said.

Brew-Ha cafe co-owner Grant John­ston said he was al­ready in talks with VPG about open­ing a cof­fee stall there.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to bring in­creased foot traf­fic to Subiaco,” Mr John­ston said.

Graf­fiti on the domes at the man­sion was cleaned off last week.

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