Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettit was quoted as saying “We were getting to the point that there were more people in the parade than there were watching it”.
This is puzzling as only a few weeks ago we had the head of Sirona advising that the Kings Square project would almost double the number of tourists coming into Fremantle from 1.6 million to three million.
So on the one hand we have a developer stating we currently have 1.6 million visitors annually or almost 31,000 per week – on the other hand we have the mayor stating that we do not get enough spectators to warrant a passing parade.
How did it come to this? Presumably not overnight.
Parades do not just disintegrate overnight. Has someone been asleep at the wheel?