Works killing business
My night trade is gone. I used to have 30 to 50 people per night before the roadworks. – Eric Chu
SUBIACO business owner Michael Cutler may temporarily close his small bar, fearing roadworks on Rokeby Road and Hay Street could be another nail in the coffin for the suburb.
Mr Cutler said he did not want to follow several businesses on Rokeby Road that had closed permanently because of a loss of income caused by the Water Corporation and ATCO Gas roadworks. “I’m highly concerned it will impact Pure Bar,” he said. “We are on the outskirts of Subiaco, so we already don’t get the passing trade that Rokeby gets. There probably won’t be a trade during the day when the Hay Street works start.”
Another Subiaco business, Purl Bar, went into voluntary administration earlier this month.
Eric Chu, who owns Edo Japanese BBQ and Fee Fi Pho Fum Vietnamese Kitchen and Noodle Bar, said he had made a loss of six figures because of road closures on Rokeby Road.
After opening Fee Fi Pho Fum in January, he had already had to refinance the business because of a loss of foot traffic.
“My night trade is gone,” he said. “I used to have 30 to 50 people per night before the roadworks.
The roadworks were only hurting Subiaco further and the council needed to step in and help, he added.
Subiaco chief executive Don Burnett said the City was working with local businesses to mitigate the impact of the works.
“It’s disappointing when businesses close but the future of Subiaco town centre is bright, with new businesses successfully opening recently and a number scheduled to open in coming weeks,” he said. “We’ve taken steps to minimise the impact of the works by installing signage to direct people to alternative parking, highlight pedestrian access and inform visitors that Subiaco is open for business.”
Mr Cutler said he believed business affected by the road closures should be compensated.
Water Corporation Perth regional manager Garth Walter said the corporation was working with the City of Subiaco and ATCO Gas Australia to upgrade water mains on Rokeby Road and Hay Street.
He said compensation would be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Michael Cutler and Eric Chu are concerned about the impact of roadworks.