THE future of the Subiaco Pavilion Market site, leadership, parking and business challenges were the hot topics at SUBIaction’s mayoral Q and A at the Subiaco Arts Centre last night.
Five of the six City of Subiaco mayoral candidates – Andrew McTaggart, Penny Taylor, Mark Burns, Julie Matheson and Stephanie Stroud – shared the stage in front of about 70 people.
Lee Hemsley was unable to attend the event that was live streamed at communitynews.com.au in partnership with RadioEDGE.
Cr Burns accused Crs Matheson and Stroud of telling “furphies” about the possible future of the markets site confirming he met with owner Andrew Abercrombie over east on September 22 to negotiate reopening the markets.
Cr Matheson suggested a land swap between Mr Abercrombie and the City of Subiaco – the market site for the unused Tafe land, attracting applause from the crowd.
Cr Stroud wanted to see a new development on the site.
Candidates were questioned about their membership to political parties with Crs Burns and Stroud and Mr McTaggart citing none, Cr Matheson being a foundation member of the West Australian Party and Ms Taylor a member of the Labor party.
After mediator Andrew Watts from Creating Communities gave candidates three minutes each to introduce themselves, SUBIaction hit candidates with questions about how they would lead the City, how they would address the challenges businesses are facing and if Subiaco had sufficient parking.
The candidates then took questions from the floor.
Emma McCarthy from Table Culture wanted to know how the candidates would engage with business owners who felt a disconnect with the council.
East ward candidate Andrew Devitt asked if it was “healthy or unhealthy” that so many current councillors (four) were running for mayor.
Robert Hall asked how, as mayor, the candidates would handle the economic impact of AFL leaving Subiaco.
Candidates then addressed David Maxwell’s questions about how they would enliven Rokeby Road and bring back shoppers who had been deterred by recent Water Corporation works that closed streets.
Christine Silbert wanted to know what the first priority for each candidate was.
Crs Matheson and Stroud would reach consensus among elected members, Mr McTaggart would engage with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to help the City develop land and increase density while Ms Taylor would provide a fresh perspective on issues and be a catalyst for change and Cr Burns would reopen the former Subiaco Pavilion Markets.