Investment on the menu

Gareth McKnightSound Telegraph

A prominent Perth restaurateur has spoken of Rockingham’s “huge potential” and will visit the city this week to examine possible sites for a 580-seat hospitality venue, the Telegraph can reveal.

Hamptons City Beach owner Marcel Slobe is looking to invest in the South West and has stated that Rockingham is firmly in his sights.

He mentioned the Port Rockingham marina proposal as something he would like to be involved in, but said the Rockingham foreshore was a site that was of interest whether or not the project went ahead.

“We see a great future in Rockingham; long-term I think that is perfect,” Mr Slobe said.

“We have Hamptons in City Beach and we are also looking at building a hotel in the South West at the moment.

“I am looking at either opportunity for Rockingham. What excites me is putting a restaurant and bar similar to Hamptons on the marina — that’s what has pricked my ears at this stage.

“The north-facing beach really excites me. I would like to build the same footprint as what I have at City Beach — so it would be a 1050sqm site allowing for a 580-seater venue.”

Mr Slobe said he saw Rockingham’s potential and that a marina at Wanliss Street would enliven the area.

“I see huge growth in Rockingham; I still think it is one of the best beaches in Perth and a real playground for tourism,” he said.

“I think the marina would be a great thing and would bring a lot more boating activities to the whole area.

“It has such potential. I’m sure I am not the only person interested in doing something down there.”

The Telegraph revealed earlier this year proponent Paul Ogilvie’s plan for a marina at Wanliss Street.

He confirmed this week he was working with the City of Rockingham to make the project part of the Foreshore Redevelopment Plan.

Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tony Solin welcomed Mr Slobe’s interest and predicted a bright future.

“Rockingham is on the cusp of a significant investment boom, with major infrastructure projects and improvements proposed to begin this year and early in 2018,” he said.

“Currently there is a great opportunity to invest in this area, particularly in the foreshore precinct. Many high-profile investors are looking at our region.”

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