SIGNS MUST SPEAK TO ALL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

FOR a mul­ti­cul­tural city, Perth has fallen be­hind when it comes to multi-lin­gual sig­nage. While there are trilin­gual signs warn­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors of crime hot spots, this seems like ‘too lit­tle, too late’. Shouldn’t we have been help­ing peo­ple to avoid be­com­ing a crime vic­tim in other ways first? Train sta­tions, bus ports, free­ways, shop­ping cen­tres - there is sig­nage ev­ery­where. In Sin­ga­pore, train an­nounce­ments come in about four dif­fer­ent lan­guages. Ac­cord­ing to Tourism WA, the num­ber of vis­i­tors from over­seas is in­creas­ing, up 6.3 per cent at the end of June this year, with peo­ple from Malaysia, China, Ja­pan, Indonesia and Sin­ga­pore among the top 10 in terms of num­bers of vis­i­tors. It would not be dif­fi­cult to in­stall more multi-lin­gual sig­nage and would be a clear sign to vis­i­tors that Perth is an in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing city.

Ju­lian Wright Re­porter

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