‘Where there is life, there is hope,’ the former Economic Development Australia chief executive said.
‘In my role as place manager, I have visited many centres that have died and are almost impossible to return to their glory days.
‘My point is that Subiaco is very far from that. Subi has an enormous amount of potential, and we just need to work together in a big, constructive, positive way… and things can change very quickly.’
Mr Gould said many centres across Australia would want a streetscape like Rokeby Road, quirky laneways, parks in their town centre and an eclectic mix of shops and cafes.
‘Subiaco is rich in history and rich in recognition of being a very attractive ‘come to’ destination,’ he said.’What we’ve got to do now is marry all those things together to revitalise it in terms of energy and getting tourists and locals to come and experience Subi.
‘When you visit a place and it makes a difference to your life and you think: ‘I have to go there again’; I have felt that only with a few places around the world and I feel it here. Subi is a little gem in Perth’s crown.’
Subiaco chief executive Stephen Tindale said Mr Gould would lead a small but dedicated team, including Visit Subiaco staff and the City’s economic development officer, in realising a shared vision for the future of the town centre.