Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey said she was pleased with the progress Doubleview had made in recent years and hoped it would continue to grow.
‘Given Doubleview’s close proximity to the Perth CBD and Scarborough Beach, and with breathtaking views to both, I am not surprised Doubleview has been tagged as an area of potential accessibility and character,’ she said.
‘I’ve always seen enormous potential, we’ve got fantastic cafes cropping up everywhere and some good fashion boutiques that have opened up in Scarborough, lots of variety and different little businesses.’
Ms Harvey said quality public transport was critical in development of the area but said the rapid transit buses were servicing the area well.
‘That’s one of the main advantages of the precinct because there is a shift towards people wanting those smaller townhouse type development and you get people who are more inclined to use public transport moving into high density developments,’ she said.
‘We’ve got the rapid transit buses that go down Sackville Terrace and Scarborough Beach Road, and those are very heavily utilised and link up to the train station.’
Ms Harvey supports a plan for light rail along Scarborough Beach Road but concedes it is a long way away.
‘Further down the track, many years down the track, I think we’ll eventually see light rail on Scarborough Beach Road but at present it’s the bus service that takes people down to the beach and that’s really heavily patronised,’ Ms Harvey said.
She said it was about time Scarborough and Doubleview caught up with the rest of Perth in providing quality cafes, restaurants and businesses.
‘I actually think there’s a demand for these cafes, people living in the area want the cafes and small bars, they want the restaurants, and they want that lovely lifestyle that I guess we get in other little precincts around Perth,’ she said.