SIGNS MUST SPEAK TO ALL
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