Subiaco has a lot going for it

We have a lot going for Subiaco in that of a strongly developing range of residential and commercial projects in our CBD to support the range of hospitality, service and retail outlets that have characterised the area for many years.

Yes, we have been caught out on a upward cycle of rents due to our earlier stage of maturity as a classic high street. We need an appropriate correction in retail rents by landlords and council needs to look to its responsibilities in also providing the best relief it can to our retail commercial sector in particular.

If we can manage four or five well-planned and well-distributed developments in our CBD then confidence will be reinstated in our commercial hub. We have the cinema site, including a 217-room, short-stay hotel and food hall, approved.

The pavilion market scheme amendment was sent off to the minister for assessment at eight storeys and the potential for the Coles/Farmer Jack’s improvements is in the wings. That is a good start.

And yes, we can keep the trees.

I would love to see full council support for the greening and improved landscaping of Hay and Rokeby and surrounding public spaces and streets to provide a better backdrop to more street alfresco. Watch this space as Bistro Felix starts the ball rolling with a terrific on-the-street development this year and heritage Subiaco Hotel breaks out with a $8m refurbishment that is due for completion in April .

Well said Anne and your attitude is refreshing.

Subiaco’s strategic geographical location will always be a driving factor and provided we support it at this time and improve the transport linkages with our surrounding key focus areas ” Leederville and Perth City, the hospitals and UWA ” then with the appropriate community involvement and sensible heights that we have endorsed in our Activity Centre Plan, we are back on track.