Laurena Heyes doesn’t want to see a soup kitchen opening up next door to her business in East St.
Laurena Heyes doesn’t want to see a soup kitchen opening up next door to her business in East St. Kathryn Greensill

Businesses shun soup kitchen idea

ABSOLUTELY ridiculous: this was the general response from East St business owners at the suggestion of a soup kitchen being opened in Rockhampton’s central business district.

Local businessman Ken Hay told The Bully this week that he would open a soup kitchen in East Street to solve the problems highlighted by Margaret Strelow’s application to run a community cafe.

He said East Street would be the best place because it had CCTV cameras for security.

Like business owners around Mrs Strelow’s proposed development site, those in East Street aren’t too fussed on the idea either.

“We don’t want that sort of thing in the mall,” said Joe Garvey of Rockhampton Optical.

“We don’t want drunks and druggos and God knows what else stumbling around. We can’t get them out of the CBD as it is. The last thing we need to do is attract more of them.”

Mark Bunt of Mark Bunt Menswear, said he thought the whole idea was ridiculous.

“It won’t happen and it can’t happen,” Mr Bunt said.

“There’s not a council that would allow that to happen anyway.”

Laurena Heyes, owner of She’s All That, agreed, calling the idea “absolutely ridiculous”.

“I’d be totally against it,” Ms Heyes said.

“The mall is just sort of starting to be a place where people enjoy coming. Something like that would probably put off a lot of customers.”

Bully readers shared similar views on the paper’s website, posting comments against the proposal.

One poster supported Ken though, calling on other businesses to support the idea.



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