MP toasts local pub proposal


Riverton MLA Mike Nahan has thrown his support behind a proposal to develop a new tavern at Stockland Riverton.
Riverton MLA Mike Nahan has thrown his support behind a proposal to develop a new tavern at Stockland Riverton.

Dr Nahan said he would happily move his office location if it meant that a tavern could be established for the local Riverton community.

Earlier this month, Parkwood businessman Nat Graham-Helwig sought community interest in a possible restaurant at Stockland shopping centre in Riverton.

The building identified in Mr Graham-Helwig’s proposed plans included Dr Nahan’s electorate office, as well as a Commonwealth Bank branch and the Riverton Dental Centre.

Dr Nahan said that while he was very supportive of the project, there were a number of challenges that the project would have to overcome, including that the decision to relocate his office was ultimately not up to him.

“Unfortunately, as a Member of Parliament, I don’t have overall control of my lease, as the Department of Premier and Cabinet is responsible for MPs’ office accommodation,” he said.

“There are also two other current tenants in the building who would have to agree to the move to allow the project to proceed.

“There are still a number of obstacles to overcome, but personally I would be thrilled to help facilitate the return of a tavern for the local community.

“I know how many local residents would like this tavern to eventuate, as would I.”

Dr Nahan said that the closure of the High Road Hotel had hit the community hard.

“The demolition of the High Road Hotel was a big blow for the local community, as it was an important social meeting point, and its destruction left a vacuum of taverns in the local community,” he said.

“I was vehemently opposed to the High Road Hotel’s closure, and lobbied hard to change Coles’s position.

“But regrettably the community and I weren’t successful.

“As one of three tenants in the building that has been picked as a preferred location for the tavern, I am fully behind this proposal, and would be very willing to relocate to help facilitate this plan.”