Qual­ity ho­tel a pri­or­ity

Pilbara News - - OPINION - Bernd Kruse, Bayn­ton

I read with great in­ter­est a re­cent ar­ti­cle by Tom Zaun­mayr re­gard­ing the pro­posed ho­tel de­vel­op­ment.

This is ex­actly what Kar­ratha needs. Yes we would like a Bun­nings, a Hun­gry Jack’s, a bowling al­ley, but we need a qual­ity ho­tel.

We want vis­i­tors and po­ten­tial in­vestors to feel they are not stay­ing in a two-star mo­tel in a sleepy lit­tle town that they can’t wait to get out of.

Kar­ratha may call it­self a city, but let us not kid our­selves. For one thing, the pop­u­la­tion is in the main not what one would call city-dwellers.

Watch peo­ple walking in any city and you’ll see what I mean. No ur­gency, no at­mos­phere, no rush.

Just pop into the same old bars and eater­ies. It’s a fish­ing and camp­ing hub.

I’m not sug­gest­ing we run amok, but it’s bor­ing here in the ac­tual city. Let the mar­kets be a per­ma­nent fix­ture, en­cour­age more pop-up food and drink out­lets.

I know there is an el­e­ment out there that will abuse such free­doms, but we can deal with it.

There are too few bars and restau­rants, and no public trans­port wor­thy of a city.

Build a ho­tel, open up some in­ter­na­tional flights, al­low more wine bars and mu­sic venues and maybe, just maybe some vis­i­tors will see the po­ten­tial here and in­vest in a wa­ter slide or wave park or what­ever.

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