Growers Lane market approval great for Subiaco
NEWS that the Growers Lane market had been approved by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) was greeted with excitement by many in Subiaco, with some posting their congratulations on this newspaper’s Facebook page. But the announcement also attracted criticism of the Subiaco Council, which twice refused the application, despite SAT and council officers recommending approval. The Western Suburbs Weekly broke the news of the approval last Thursday after following the story of the Trans and Home Base in their year-long fight with Subiaco council to open their market. Geraldine Baumann-Vincent said: “That is fantastic news. It is such a pity though that they had to go through so much anguish with Subiaco Council to get approval. So happy they stuck it out.” Alistair Grinbergs commented on the lack of support given to small business by the council: “Well, at least the SAT has the best interests of Subiaco businesses and residents in mind. Something the council obviously lacks.” There’s a chance that SAT members will be cutting the opening ribbon rather than Subiaco councillors, who can probably expect criticism for rejecting the project for a long time to come. But despite the year-long legal battle and the ongoing financial and emotional toll the matter has taken on the Trans and Home Base, Diep Tran and Gino Premici have remained positive, saying the best interests of Subiaco were their main priority. There are already people knocking on the Growers Lane door and it doesn’t even exist yet. That’s a good sign for Subiaco.
Lisa Thomas - Reporter