Works killing busi­ness

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

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.

Pic­ture: Lisa Thomas

Michael Cut­ler and Eric Chu are con­cerned about the im­pact of road­works.

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