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Ghost Town on King William Road.

January 1, 2015

parkletsUnley Park resident Michael, on his way to see the city’s New Year’s Eve pyrotechnic display, was stunned to find himself driving down a deserted King William Road.

It seems that, like other eateries all around the metropolitan area, 90 percent had closed their doors rather than shell out the massive spike in wages demanded by the Government for public holiday penalty rates.

To quote my informant: “I know that  crippling wages penalty rates were kicking in at midnight, but the proportion of closures ought to have City Hall very worried indeed. So much for KWR being the vibrant restaurant strip that the City of Unley promotes it to be. Some pointed questions need to be asked of the (Council) Administration”.

Grumpy agrees that the circumstances were exceptional, if very unfortunate. But I would suggest that the solution can’t lie with Council. Rather the State Government should be in the position to  realise that the massive penalty wages mean that proprietors would probably (almost certainly) be operating at a loss to cover the  staff bonanzas.

Having said that, I maintain my publicly stated stance that the jewel in Unley’s trading crown already has too many eateries. It should be looking to return to the days when the strip had a more balanced facade of eateries and shops. Which is why I have voiced my doubts about the viability of the proposed introduction of “parklets”, those fenced-off on-road areas which will only exacerbate the parking problems of the area.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. tiggypuss48! permalink
    January 1, 2015 2:23 pm

    Gold star to Nutrition Republic for opening at 9am new Year’s Day to serve coffee and food to locals and visitors on King William Road. Agree that the parklets are not needed: the “model” parklet, created last year, was an ugly embarrassment and a traffic hazard.


  2. January 1, 2015 3:13 pm

    Hi Grumpy – I think the Public Holiday actually kicked in at 5pm as they made two 1/2 public holidays from 5pm-12mid on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve!

    As an aside, the Mile End Hotel dining room is closed on Sundays and I am told this is because of the penalty rates – yet the Poker Machine room seems to run quite okay!


    • tiggypuss48! permalink
      January 1, 2015 4:05 pm

      Oh, I forgot to give credit to Stumps, too, for opening on King William Road today. There were 7 staff on duty and the place was packed. Well done!


  3. Anastasia permalink
    January 2, 2015 11:58 am

    Very sad that KW Road was closed for NY’s Eve.
    Maybe they need a Council grant to stay open.
    So much for striving for vibrancy in Unley.


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