Diversity, vibrancy behind CBD shisha concept

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Orfa Kebabs and Turkish Bakery owner Haydar Al Shamary looks over his plans in the spot where a shisha area will be located.
Camera IconOrfa Kebabs and Turkish Bakery owner Haydar Al Shamary looks over his plans in the spot where a shisha area will be located. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Orfa Kebabs and Turkish Bakery owner Haydar Al Shamary hopes his planned shisha area will increase people traffic, cultural diversity and new experiences in Bunbury.

A Bunbury resident of 20 years, Mr Al Shamary told the South Western Times he was investing his own money to try and “do something to add life” into the city.

The project is costing Mr Al Shamary about $30,000.

“It’s a scary time in business, we need business, we need to create traffic,” Mr Al Shamary said.

“Now is the right time in years to do something – all the changes happening at places like Koombana Bay are great and it’s the right time to do other things.”

He said his plans would “totally change” the area, make it look nice and were legal.

Mr Al Shamary had planned to make a presentation to Bunbury City Council ahead of its decision on Tuesday night, however chose to hand up a document.

“Shisha is a culturally significant activity in many parts of the world and is characterised by relaxation, contemplation and conversation,” he said.

“I also believe it is consistent with the city objectives of being open for business, supportive of multiculturalism, inclusive and diverse.

“As you are aware, the city has identified the need to inject vibrancy and diversity into the CBD in the face of a changing retail environment.”

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