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has emerged as the number one reason to visit Subiaco, according to an independent online survey, while parking has been named as one of the biggest issues facing the suburb. The survey by the Western Suburbs Weekly drew 277 respondents and addressed some of Subiaco’s biggest drawcards and downfalls.
The survey asked respondents questions about why they visited the suburb, what deterred them, how often they visited and what was the best part about Subiaco.
Up to 48 per cent of the people surveyed said they visited Subiaco for its shopping, while 35 per cent said they lived there and 18 per cent said they were there for work.
Out of the people surveyed, more than 48 per cent said they visited Subiaco multiple times a week, 23 per cent said they visited every few weeks and only 1.8 per cent said they never went to the suburb.
When asked what deterred them from visiting Subiaco, 23 per cent of people selected ‘other’ and said a lack of parking and lack of ambience was the reason they had not returned, 21 per cent said it was because of the closure of the markets and 13 per cent said it was because of reduced or expensive parking.
The general ambience, café strip and retail options were listed as the best part of Subiaco.
City of Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said the survey results mirrored the City’s current priorities in the town centre, which included addressing parking perceptions and increasing vibrancy in the area.
He said the City’s draft Subiaco Activity Centre Plan, which was about to be released for public comment, would provide a guide to new development.
“Activation of the Subiaco Town Centre is a key priority for the City. We understand the concerns around parking, foot traffic and empty shops and together with the local business community are taking steps to address these issues,” he said.
“New businesses and developments are going to drive the increase of residents, workers and visitors in Subiaco.
“Many new businesses are openSHOPPING ing their doors in Subiaco, particularly in the hospitality industry, including the Subi XO precinct at 500 Hay Street.”