South Perth businesses petition to stop pop-ups

Mends Street, South Perth.
Mends Street, South Perth.

TRADERS along Mends Street in South Perth have petitioned Lands Minister Rita Saffioti to reject changes requested by the City of South Perth.

The council authorised an application to the Department of Lands to change the designated purpose of |Reserve 34565 to recreation and impermanent food, beverage and other entertainment events.

Mends Street business owners have previously petitioned the council for help for falling trade and have voiced their opposition to pop-up businesses, which they claim take business away from their street.

South Perth resident Harry Anstey helped the traders put together the petition, which had more than 500 signatures.

“The motion uses the word impermanent, which does not have constraints in terms of time compared to the word temporary,” he said.

“The petition was created after a meeting between the traders, (South Metropolitan MLC) Kate Doust and the City of South Perth Residents Association. It’s something that is no longer a council matter.”

The petition was also sent to Local Government Minister David Templeman, South Perth MLA John McGrath and City of South Perth chief executive Geoff Glass.

It makes note of the City of South Perth special electors meeting on June 8 regarding the then-proposed Westralian Centre.

A motion which included the statement that the “development of buildings and structures on the Sir James Mitchell Park are generally not supported” was passed.

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