All Show and no go

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Ncslsc Centenary - Jon Bas­sett

CLARE­MONT coun­cil­lors are scep­ti­cal about the claimed suc­cess of last month’s Perth Royal Show.

“I thought the Royal Show was very quiet this year, de­spite the good weather,” Cr Jill Goetze said at a coun­cil meet­ing last Tues­day.

“There was very lit­tle park­ing in the streets, but maybe peo­ple were us­ing the train to get to Clare­mont.”

A Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RAS) spokes­woman said the num­bers would be ob­tained af­ter a “thor­ough” count of ad­mis­sion tick­ets.

She said this year’s show was a “re­sound­ing suc­cess” when mea­sured on the val­ues of chil­dren learn­ing about agri­cul­ture, show­go­ers’ sat­is­fac­tion in vis­i­tor sur­veys, spend­ing on rides, food and drinks, and the num­ber of com­mer­cial ex­hibitors.

Ear­lier this year, Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker chal­lenged the event’s abil­ity to sur­vive, given the fall­ing crowds and RAS debt, and he pro­posed the event be moved to a spe­cially-built Swan Val­ley venue.

RAS fig­ures record 450,000 vis­ited the an­nual event in 2013, 410,000 in 2014, about 350,000 in 2015 and 311,000 in 2016.

In re­sponse to less vis­i­tors, the RAS said it would re­turn the event to its roots of agri­cul­ture and fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment to at­tract the pub­lic this year.

Cr Peter Ed­wards said he saw a mo­tor­bike ride op­er­a­tor pack­ing up to leave at 10am on the fi­nal day.

“It ap­peared some ven­dors had de­cided they were not mak­ing money and needed to cut staff and their hours,” Cr Ed­wards said.­mu­ni­ d487147

Martin Gra­ham has writ­ten about his jour­ney to pos­i­tive men­tal health. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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