Just the place for Christ­mas

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CANDLER

MAR­KETS on Rokeby could be the key to bring­ing a Christ­mas­time fes­ti­val back to Rokeby Road.

For­mer City of Subiaco place manager Matthew Gould can­celled the 16th an­nual Subi Street Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber last year be­cause of staffing and fi­nan­cial con­straints.

Subiaco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said Mar­kets on Rokeby, the week­end street mar­ket Subiaco Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved last month, could be an op­por­tu­nity for a “new kind of street party”.

“We have not yet made a de­ci­sion whether to hold the Subi Street Fes­ti­val this year, be­cause we are wait­ing to see what hap­pens with the mar­kets and if we can do some­thing spe­cial to­gether once they are es­tab­lished,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“It isn’t go­ing to be the street fes­ti­val that we’ve had in the past, and didn’t have last year, but there will def­i­nitely be some­thing to at­tract crowds.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hill said the City had re­viewed its place man­age­ment branch since Mr Gould re­signed in April, nine months af­ter his ap­point­ment last year.

Mr Hill said that plan­ning ser­vice manager Mar­laine Lav­ery would be fill­ing the new place devel­op­ment role this month.

“Place devel­op­ment has a more pos­i­tive con­text to it than man­age­ment,” he said.

“Man­age­ment in­di­cated con­straints rather than ini­tia­tives, and we don’t man­age places, we de­velop them.

“Mar­laine has in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and will bring some flair into that new po­si­tion.”

Mr Hill said a busi­ness fo­rum on May 19 was the first stage of a part­ner­ship be­tween the Subiaco busi­ness com­mu­nity, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the West­ern Sub­urbs Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, coun­cil­lors and City of­fi­cers.

“We and our mar­ket­ing peo­ple (Visit Subiaco) will share ideas that are help­ful to busi­ness, and busi­ness peo­ple will have ini­tia­tives and re­sponses that will be help­ful to us,” he said.

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