SHOP­PING BRINGS PEO­PLE TO SUBI

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

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.”

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