Thou­sands at Mar­kets on Rokeby

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CROWDS of about 60,000 peo­ple vis­ited Mar­kets on Rokeby dur­ing its launch week­end on Novem­ber 7 and 8.

The Venn Prop­erty Group (VPG) reg­u­lar week­end mar­ket closed Rokeby Road be­tween Bagot Road and Hay Street to traf­fic to make way for tented stalls. VPG di­rec­tor Evan Bri­ers said he was ec­static with the re­sponse.

“You looked down the hill (from Bagot Road) and all you could see was a sea of faces,” Mr Bri­ers said.

“This was a re­ally strong foundation to build on.

“We’re go­ing to in­crease ta­bles and chairs, add more en­ter­tain­ment with a stronger re­tail mix of fash­ion and arts, and work on quicker and eas­ier set-ups for stall­hold­ers.”

City of Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said Mar­kets on Rokeby had a pos­i­tive start.

“The City and Venn Prop­erty Group will make some mi­nor tweaks in the weeks ahead but over­all it worked to plan,” Mr Bur­nett said.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the mar­kets de­velop with more stall­hold­ers and more peo­ple com­ing into Su­bi­aco.”

Ta­ble Cul­ture owner Emma McCarthy said her Rokeby Road shop had a “huge in­crease” in cus­tomers due to the mar­kets.

“If ev­ery week­end was like the one just passed, we would be over the moon,” Ms McCarthy said.

“The sheer amount of peo­ple cre­ated such a great at­mos­phere on the street and in-store.

“As a busi­ness we did very well, but more im­por­tantly it is a big win for Su­bi­aco and ex­cit­ing to be a part of the chang­ing lay­ers to the CBD.”

Pic­tures: Rosanna Can­dler

Clock­wise from left: Crowds out­side For­rest Walk. Traf­fic teams man­age pedes­tri­ans across the Barker and Rokeby roads in­ter­sec­tion. Mar­ket-go­ers line up at a boat-shaped juice stall.

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