Jessica Tamburri and Kate Davies say it's about time their beloved Scarborough beach had a face lift, but the State Government needs to get the balance right.
There were very few people at the beach yesterday, but the friends' views represented the general consensus.
Vacant buildings and the droning sounds of construction set the scene for a Scarborough strip that was mostly empty, even on a 23C spring afternoon.
It was a stark contrast to the days when Ms Tamburri, 24, and Ms Davies, 25, would leave a crowded beach for lunch at an even more crowded McDonald's.
"We used to love coming down here as teenagers and chilling out with friends," Ms Davies said. "Scarborough was the place to be.
"They just need to get their act together and clean it up.
"So many people are down at Hillarys now - that's where everyone's gone."
Scarborough resident Ms Tamburri said it had been a shame to watch the historic beachfront lose its attraction over the years.
She welcomed Premier Colin Barnett's commitment to the area, but said the revitalisation needed to cater for all ages. "I want to see development, but tasteful development that suits every one," she said.
"I'm due to have my first baby in a few months and this is where I want to bring my children - this is where my parents brought me." Ms Tamburri had reservations about the Government's plans for the residential area behind the beachfront.
"I don't think we need McMansions everywhere," she said.