Visit Subi officer to join WALGA

The former Pro Subi executive officer, who was retained by the City of Subiaco to lead Visit Subiaco last year, said she would finish at the City on July 18.

‘Thank you for your support, advice, teamwork, passion and commitment,’ Mrs Battista said in an email to her staff and colleagues. ‘We have achieved a lot with very little, and I am sincerely grateful for your contribution to this.’

Subiaco Business Association president Geoff Parnell said it was disappointing to see Mrs Battista move on.

‘Annaliese has made a very significant and constructive contribution to Subiaco,’ he said.

‘That said, I believe we are seeing quite positive trends by the City and councillors (in recognising the business community in the budget) and a new era may have begun.’

Subiaco councillors endorsed the 2014/15 marketing program and budget for Visit Subiaco at a council meeting last week.

The compulsory business area levy (Specified Area Rate) will be reduced by 30 per cent this financial year and, subject to a report from place manager Matthew Gould in December, phased out by the end of 2016/17.

Councillors also removed a 2 per cent discount for ratepayers who paid their rates early to allocate the estimated $190,000 savings towards economic development initiatives in the CBD.

‘I think those few residents who can afford to pay their rates early would see the benefits of the savings we would make to be given to our place manager,’ Cr Julie Matheson said.