ONE woman who loves her coffee and wants to see a cafe on the Shelley Beach Park foreshore is Riverton resident Chris Shipard.
She said the area needed better facilities and thought a cafe would make the area more vibrant.
“We need a cafe to start with but with a liquor licence to midnight so it can take on seasonal, wedding or corporate events. Events in the evening would make the area more exciting and safe,” she said.
Mrs Shipard, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years, said she wanted Shelley to utilise its open space just as other suburbs such as Fremantle, Applecross, Claremont and Nedlands had.
“A cafe will create a more vibrant area and be a meeting place for residents to gather and also conduct business,” she said.
“If you go to the local park and sit on the bench and try engage with people exercising or playing with their children you can be deemed as weird, but if you sit at a coffee shop and chat to the neighbours it is socially acceptable.
“On speaking to many locals, friends and acquaintances in my role as a local real estate agent I have not received any opposition to the proposal.
“Local home owners that fear devaluation and privacy issues will in fact reap the rewards with easy accessibility to such facilities and a bonus for future property values.”