Scarborough businesspeople react to towers approval

Scarborough businesspeople react to towers approval

WHAT LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS SAY

Chris Burke, The Wild Fig director:

WE support the development for a number of reasons.

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Extra employment for the area in the short term will be good for Scarborough and for WA generally.

Once completed, the development will attract more local and overseas visitors to the area, as well as the additional residents helping to drive local business.

It’s also our feeling that it’ll encourage additional investment and upgrades in the area, with additional parking and access options for visitors and customers forthcoming – both things which the recent redevelopment failed to address adequately in our opinion.

It’s exciting for there to be another marquee development in the area.

Wayne Bowen, The Surf Board Room and Cordingley’s Surf Shop owner:

I FEEL the development is well thought out, innovative and sustainable, which brings significant benefits to the Scarborough area.

These benefits come substantially in the form of economic benefits by way of employment both during construction and post-construction, in addition to real tourism opportunities for Scarborough.

It enables locals to seek and obtain employment in the local area, which is vital in developing a stronger community and town atmosphere.

Scarborough has stolen the initiative away from all others, in becoming, undoubtedly, Perth’s most desirable and progressive beachfront.

It also puts transport on the agenda, front and centre, by way of making light rail down Scarborough Beach Road a greater reality than ever before.

This issue can no longer be ignored and we now have three years to get it right.

Ramada Vetroblu Scarborough Beach general manager Nathan Baker:

IT’S quite disappointing. There’s a lot of grey area, especially around the traffic conditions. The MRA Board’s decision disregarded the community’s views and had serious concerns about how the development would impact traffic in the area.

These concerns related to the drop-off bays proposed for Scarborough Beach Road and service area earmarked for Filburn Street, and believed it would result in an unacceptable increase in traffic on Filburn Street.

Sandbar owner Ben Randall:

MR Randall said the development approval was “fantastic news” and believed it would be beneficial for Scarborough and the local economy.

“This investment is going to be significant and create thousands of jobs and bring a lot of people, new tourists and new customers to Scarborough Beach.”

“We’re putting Scarborough Beach on the world map and obviously the developers and the owners have seen this potential in Scarborough Beach, so I strongly welcome it.”