A Lesson In Business District Management

People come to our communities to communicate with each other, generate creativity and innovation and to build businesses and relationships.  And crashing into that like a Pterodactyl at a petting zoo is the public drunk.

Because if your city is full of jerks all the good people will talk about your district behind your back (in a bad way) and then go to a different district to build their communities and businesses there.

That's what the small bar legislation was for - to put large format taverns and their customers out of business so the rest of the community can get on with it.

We all want to show off to our girlfriends, and thanks to this legislation those who do not have striations in their pectorals can now appear attractive by drinking across a restaurant table without fear of being put in jail.  And at the same time actually generate the creativity and innovation which makes a district sustainable.

I know many argue that this is an intrusion on the otherwise law-abiding public who deserve to bring cartons of beer to public parks and our beaches, strip off their shirts, scream at each other - say 'fuck' a lot - leave their litter behind and then do a wee-wee on your fence.  But that's just dumb.

Seriously guys?  Emu Export?  In the drain is where it belongs.  Good sports, though. Dockers screening - Esplanade Park - Marine Terrace Fremantle, Australia.  Saturday September 28, 2013 - AFL Grand Final Day.

Back to Basics

I have been back in Perth about a week now.

And this is what I can tell you about what I see, fresh eyes, straight off the plane ...

  • This place is clean.  That's good.
  • This place is quiet.  That's good, a bit, although I know when the rain stops and the heat hits, there will be a lot more alcohol, road rage, street fighting and people giving me hass'.  That's bad.

That's about it for now.  My news is that we are finishing our people counter installs in Claremont this month and we will be announcing another client and their plans for A Beautiful City people counting systems soon too.

Also, I have been planning the replacement of my iPhone (lost or stolen in Hanoi) plus my travel computer as I intend to do more travelling and photography/writing on the road and need a great machine.

Order is restored

This is a bit of a sensitive post but I thought I would write it as a guide for cities.

Last night I was on a rooftop bar in Fremantle - as you do - slopping it up with the beautiful people, when we noticed a bloke sleeping on the bench across the road.

Unfortunately he slid off the bench and stayed there, much to whooping joys of the bunch sitting next to us.  What did I do?  I reached into my pocket and called our local Safety and Liaison Team - an idea pinched straight from shopping centres.

They are employed by the local government and they act similarly to a security officer in a shopping centre.  In our city, they are proactive and are excellent at relationship building, walking the street, talking and sharing with the retailers in the CBD.

They were familiar with this guy when I called them and they were there within minutes.  They roused him, helped him, helped him walk off to someone to get help, they poured his grog out and put the bottle in the bin.  Perfect.

Order is restored on the bench, corner of Essex Street and South Terrace, Fremantle, Australia


Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. What?

In the news this week we heard that liquor stores and other alcohol based outlets in some communities will face further restrictions on their packaging and trading hours.

The restrictions were announced to address high levels of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in these communities.

Feotal alcohol spectrum disorder is a form of child abuse caused by heavy intake of alcohol by the pregnant mother.  It results in permanent brain impairment to the unborn child.

One business leader was quoted as saying that the restrictions go 'too far' and that they 'punish, ordinary law-abiding people'.

Does this truly address the community and economic development of the region?

I am sure that Australia's major retailers, let's say, Coles and Woolworths - who have between them the liquor brands BWS (beer, wine, spirits), Dan Murphys, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars, First Choice Liquor Superstores, Coles Hotels and in the case of Woolworths, 75% of ALH Group - the hotel and poker machine operators - would be happy to contact their local Chamber of Commerce heads and tell them that they fully support community-led drives to eradicate feoetal alcohol spectrum disorder.