Grow­ers Lane mar­ket ap­proval great for Su­bi­aco

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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