Fremantle council on Wednesday adopted an “Alcohol Management Policy” and I am flabbergasted that they adopted the policy, while still pushing for the highly inappropriate Sunset Events proposal for J Shed to go ahead, because it contradicts what the new AMP wants to implement.
This is one of the points of the AMP: developing, promote and support a variety of events and activities where alcohol consumption is not the primary focus of activity.
The Sunset Events proposal has the primary function of serving alcohol seven days a week to a large number of people, and adding more people on weekends during live outdoor concerts. All that in our State’s most significant historic area, just below the Round House, the State’s oldest public building, encroaching on a public A Class Reserve.
One has to ask why Mayor Brad Pettitt is pushing for this inappropriate development, while at the same trying to frustrate the efforts to get the much smaller Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse going. What is his personal agenda here one has to wonder, because it was quite clear on Wednesday that the inner city residents do not support such a large-scale development at Bathers Beach, but would happily support a smaller hospitality venue that does not have outdoor concerts. That is also what the City of Fremantle put in the Expressions of Interest(EOI) for the most southern J Shed studio. They asked for proposals for a cafe/bar/gallery, NOT a big pub and outdoor music venue!
Please do not ignore the community again Fremantle council, as people are getting very frustrated and angry about being ignored!
Family fun in Fremantle all weekend! It starts with the lighting of the Moreton Bay Fig Chrismas Tree at Kings Square from 6 this Friday. Check out the lit-up buildings in High Street while you are there!
The big Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets is on Saturday from 5-9.
Sunday morning at 8 is the huge Santa Run through the City centre. It starts at the Esplanade. And the Growers Green Farmers Market will be a big XMas gift markets as well at the South Fremantle Senior High School in Lefroy Street on Sunday from 8-12.
So don’t be a reclusive cave sitter, leave the meditation and yoga for another day, and enjoy the Freo lifestyle this weekend!
I will be managing the J Shed location of the Bathers Beach Markets
If you like it or not, Fremantle is on the move, and while most of it is about building new modern buildings, the heritage significance of our city has not been forgotten. A great idea that started just over two years ago at a West End Traders committee meeting has finally been realised because Fremantle BID (Business Improvement District) just about makes all the right decisions, so with strong support from Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Milsom and the City of Fremantle, today all the beautiful buildings in Freo’s historic High Street were lit up in changing colours, and what a great sight it is!
A very special thank you has to go to photographer Adam Monk who took the project on and saw it to fruition. His tenacity shows that people with passion can move mountains. Also not to forget are the electricians from Pro Design Lighting, who were working till the very early hours throughout the night to get it all done in time.
It is a really great job by all that deserves a heritage award!
It takes serious commitment from dedicated and passionate people to be on local council, as this evening’s City of Fremantle full council meeting showed. The agenda was thicker than the bible and the public gallery was the most crowded I have ever seen it, with people spilling out into the corridor even when many additional chairs had been provided. That was an indication that items on the agenda attracted a lot of interest and it was so good to see many younger people there. Democracy is doing well in Freo!
The Sunset Event proposal for a micro brewery and outdoor music venue at J Shed on Bathers Beach saw community groups like FICRA, the Fremantle Ratepayers&Residents Association, the Fremantle Society, and the Fremantle Heritage Guides addressing council, as did Arthur Head musician Freddy Poncin , who spoke well and from the heart, and the SE people and their CODA architect Kieran Wong.
One of the Sunset Events people put his foot in by claiming nothing happened at Arthur Head, when in fact over 100,000 people visit the Round House each year and an additional estimated 40,000 come to Arthur Head without entering the Round House.
The opponents to the proposal mentioned proper process and community consultation, and that the proposal was too big for the area, not respectful to the heritage, and not consistent with an arts hub.
It was interesting that Sunset Events claimed their proposal was not for a concert venue, but for a family environment where people could browse for art, when they want to hold outdoor concerts for 1500 people there.
When the Elected Members finally came to debate it late in the evening, Councillor Dave Hulme said the proposal was vastly different from the Expressions of Interest (EOI) and he would support the deferral proposed by Mayor Brad Pettitt. Councillor Doug Thompson agreed with that, while Councillor Dave Cogging was clearly frustrated that “this great proposal” should not go ahead. “who haven’t we consulted” he thundered, conveniently ignoring that the Arthur Head community and stakeholders consultations had never indicated a need for a large pub and outdoor music venue. Why allow a minor detail like that stand in the way.
The Mayor said the proposal was a great opportunity, but that a referral back to the Strategic Planning and General Services Committee was a sensible way and would allow for more in depth community consultation. The majority of councillors agreed with that.
The most frustrating and annoying item was the Kidogo Arthouse proposal for a small bar. This was Fawlty Towers stuff of spin-speak and bureaucracy, with councillors stating they absolutely supported a small bar, and the heritage coordinator saying the best location for toilets would be outside the heritage building, not inside as proposed by the Mayor.
Councillor Sullivan pointed out that if toilets had to be put inside, the space for the bar would be compromised, while Councillor Strachan said that clearly the outcome needed to be for toilets on the southern side, as the heritage coordinator had confirmed.
But after all that talk of support for a small bar councillors voted that planning approval thought for exterior toilets should not go ahead after all. If anyone understands this outcome, please let me know, because Fremantle might just have lost one of its best art business operators, with Joanna Robertson storming out saying Fremantle will lose the Kidogo brand. That indeed would be a bad outcome.
Only three more sleeps until the bigger and better Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets will revitalise the West End of Fremantle, and there is no reason to stay at home this Saturday because there will be great family fun all around. The kids will love the camel rides on the beach, but also the colourful lit-up heritage buildings in High Street, and walk past Kings Square to have a look at the great Christmas tree that will be officialy lit from Friday evening.
International food stalls will serve yummy dinner, live music at three locations will entertain all, arts and crafts will be for sale and the Bathers Beach artists will have their studios and galleries open as well.
The market is in three locations; the top of Arthur Head at Captain’s Lane next to the Round House, in front of J Shed just off Fleet Street, and at last year’s location near Kidogo Arthouse.
There is plenty of parking at TAFE near the South Mole and on Victoria Quay, just a short walk from the markets, or hop on your bikes.
I will be managing the J Shed market location.
I just got back from the Fremantle Town Hall and I feel utterly deflated, or maybe defeated is the better word. Here I was naively believing I wasn’t fed bullshit when we were promised tight design guidelines would be in place to make sure high buildings, approved through Planning Scheme Amendment 49, would be of exceptional standards, the “heritage buildings of the future”, as Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt kept telling us. The well-paid Design Advisory Committee would make sure of that.
And then you see the proposal for an eight-storey hotel building at the Point Street carpark site, adjacent to the heritage-listed former Boys School and Princess May Park, and you know they have taken you and your protests for granted. They have fooled you with their assurances, and you were foolish enough to trust them and believe they would do the right thing and get great modern buildings built in the Fremantle CBD.
What I saw today has truly devastated me. Not that they even bothered with a 3D model or anything, no just boring 2D plans of an extremely boring and ugly building, a building that has no place in Fremantle, no matter if it is of six-star green quality, because the exterior of the building is of minus six in creativity and design quality. It is boring and ugly, maybe just okay for semi-industrial O’Connor, but definitely not for inner city Freo.
If this building gets accepted by our Elected Members I will have lost all trust in them and the building and planning process that is in place in Fremantle.
I don’t oppose a hospitality venue at the most southern J Shed studio at Fremantle‘s Bathers Beach, and I have no bias against Sunset Events, who have proposed a micro brewery and outdoor music concerts venue there. SE are great event organisers, so I have no problem with them whatsoever! My opposition to the proposal is that it is too large for the area, and that it is inconsistent with the Arthur Head plans council approved on November 12, 2012 (SGS 121-8), where the Elected Members agreed that calls would go out for the studio to be leased out “as a bar, cafe, gallery”
I also oppose the proposal because of heritage concerns. Arthur Head is one of our State’s most significant historic areas. Check out the map below and see that the proposed extension and deck would partly go over foundations of the TRYWALKS(1837-1900), CAVE STORES (1838-1187), SECOND LIGHTHOUSE(1876-1903) and the MEWS BOATSHED(1856-1948). They are numbered 19, 20, 21, 23, 28 on the map.
It is also remarkable that the J Shed artists tell me that the City’s heritage coordinator has told them he has not been consulted on the proposal!
The proposal will come to full council this Wednesday, and it is interesting that before this item, another item on the agenda is PSC 1311-172, Proposed Alcohol Management Policy for Fremantle. Let me simply quote from that and you can all make up your mind if that is consistent with what is proposed for J Shed.
* The City support restaurants and small bar license categories as the type of low risk licensed venues that best compliment the City’s desired character and identity for Fremantle.
* A general presumption in favour of alcohol-free events, attractions and other cultural, arts and recreation activities; and consideration of incentives for applicants;
* Consideration of support of licensed premises where alcohol consumption is not the primary activity and is ancillary to other compatible uses carried out on site, and…..
I rest my case, my learned friends.
I have just been reading the very thick agenda for Wednesday’s City of Fremantle full council meeting. Lots of stuff coming up, so prepare for a long evening at City hall if you are interested in local government.
I just can’t get the Kidogo Arthouse Kelp Bar issue to be honest, with the officers suggesting council rejects for the CEO to sign the paper that planning approval for toilets, etc. can go ahead. The issue seems to be Joanna Robertson wanting to have more patrons than a small bar license would allow for, and the City seems only willing to conditionally approve a small bar licensed venue, but not one with a tavern license. That is fair enough I believe, but should mature people not have sorted this out by now? Two years in the running and no progress has been made on this.
If the City is happy with a small bar at Kidogo but nothing bigger, than all the owner needs to is to decide if that is good(big) enough for her. The fact that she has already had weddings and functions outside the lease agreement there, would indicate she wants to be able to cater for more people than the City wants her to. If that is the case it should be simple. Either Joanna Robertson accepts she can go ahead with planning for a small bar license, or give up.
Where the toilets might be most appropriate can only be decided once we know if a small bar license is good enough for the applicant, if she wants a bigger venue, she is wasting her time and money trying to get that through council, by the look of things.
Maybe council on Wednesday could give the go ahead for the CEO to sign the planning approval document on the condition the Kidogo owner accepts this can only be for a small bar venue, nothing more or bigger.
This is probably not new to recycle and sustainability experts, but it is for me, and I believe it is something that people in Fremantle might well take up. It’s a house in Nigeria built out of plastic bottles! The two-bedroom bungalow is built from plastic bottles, filled with sand and put together with mud and cement. It is fire and bullet proof, the latter important for unloved Freo councillors ; >), an it is earthquake resistant. Most importantly it has an interior temperature of about 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
The house was built by the NGO Development Association for Renewable Energies.
I believe this is a very good way of recycling for smaller dwellings like granny flats, sheds, storage space for rubbish bins, bicycles, etc.
All we have to do now is to convince manufacturers to sell wine and beer in plastic bottles, because it would take an awful lot of sugar-full soft drinks to have enough bottles for a building.
There are of course other applications, as the recycled beer bottle lamps in the Loft at Little Creatures show.
Just because it is Sunday, and because even heathens like I do sometimes hope for divine intervention, a photo of the cute little old SCOTS CHURCH next to the Fremantle Markets. The church was the first Presbyterian church in the Fremantle area and was opened by John Forrest on March 26, 1890. It was designed by architect J Talbert Hobbs.