Perth to scrap its Ferris wheel

The Perth Ferris wheel

Oh dear. It has been revealed that the Perth City Council is going to take down the Observation Wheel on the foreshore.

The attraction cost A$10m to build and install and will close on May 2 after the operators and the City of Perth were unable to agree on its future.

Apparently the operators, World Tourist Attractions, want a five-year extension on their lease but the council doesn’t want to give it to them because it has plans to revamp the foreshore, beginning from the end of next year.

People on the website Perth Now have whinged that Perth is already so boring, even without scrapping one of its only draw cards.

Personally, I don’t think people go to Perth for a silly Ferris wheel – that is miniscule in comparison with the London Eye – I think people visit my home town for its beaches.

The problem is that there isn’t much else. Other people on Perth Now were complaining that there is no development – shops and so forth – along the beach that attracts the tourists. But to be honest, that’s one of the reasons why I love Perth… because there’s not much development along the coastline.

I remember going to the Gold Coast a few years back and if you sat on the beach in the afternoon you wouldn’t be able to sunbathe. The massive skyscrapers that line the shore would mean you’d be sitting in shadow come 3pm.

As for tourists – I don’t care if Perth remains a hidden gem. Tourists can be annoying anyway. Trust me, I live in London and I’m over them!

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2 Responses to “Perth to scrap its Ferris wheel”

  1. sophie Says:

    Agreed, Perth is definitely a hidden gem. How great that something so beautiful is so isolated and underdeveloped! There’s also something quite unique about the way of life here. People are incredibly relaxed and comfortable in there own skins. Unlike London, people aren’t vying for what’s over the hill and practically stomping on each other to get there. I guess you could call it peace!! As for the ‘ferris wheel’ I can’t imagine it will make a huge difference no. As you’ve implied, there is a conflict because while Perth can be boring in its slowness, there’s always a sense of nostalgia I think the state government don’t necessarily want to shake!

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