Just the place for Christmas

Former City of Subiaco place manager Matthew Gould cancelled the 16th annual Subi Street Festival in September last year because of staffing and financial constraints.

Subiaco Mayor Heather Henderson said Markets on Rokeby, the weekend street market Subiaco Council unanimously approved last month, could be an opportunity for a �new kind of street party�.

�We have not yet made a decision whether to hold the Subi Street Festival this year, because we are waiting to see what happens with the markets and if we can do something special together once they are established,� Mrs Henderson said.

�It isn�t going to be the street festival that we�ve had in the past, and didn�t have last year, but there will definitely be something to attract crowds.�

Chief executive Ian Hill said the City had reviewed its place management branch since Mr Gould resigned in April, nine months after his appointment last year.

Mr Hill said that planning service manager Marlaine Lavery would be filling the new place development role this month.

�Place development has a more positive context to it than management,� he said.

�Management indicated constraints rather than initiatives, and we don�t manage places, we develop them.

�Marlaine has international experience and will bring some flair into that new position.�

Mr Hill said a business forum on May 19 was the first stage of a partnership between the Subiaco business community, representatives from the Western Suburbs Business Association, councillors and City officers.

�We and our marketing people (Visit Subiaco) will share ideas that are helpful to business, and business people will have initiatives and responses that will be helpful to us,� he said.