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The Fremantle community has won an important step against the development of a tavern and live outdoor music venue at J Shed on Arthur Head with the WA Planning Commission refusing the application by Sunset Events.

This from the WAPC Minutes put on-line just minutes ago:

Officer’s Recommendation:

That the Statutory Planning Committee resolves to refuse the application for proposed special event (live music) venue and the alterations and additions to allow for a change of use to a tavern at Lot 2051 (Unit 1), Reserve 21263 Fleet Street, Fremantle as shown on the plan amended plans received 11 July 2016, for the following reason(s):

The WAPC’s reason(s) for refusal are:

  1. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of the Clause 30 of the Metropolitan Region Scheme as it is inconsistent with the purpose for which the land is reserved under the scheme, inconsistent with the orderly and proper planning of the locality and does not allow the preservation of amenities in the locality.
  2. Approval to the application would set an undesirable precedent for the development of other Parks and Recreation Reserves which would undermine the objectives and requirements of the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

Members discussed the Officer’s report and considered the deputations and presentations. It was noted there were a number of reasons for refusal outlined in the Officer’s report which needed to be included in the recommendation to provide further clarity. This includes, noncompliance with development control policies and the City of Fremantle’s local planning policies. The revised recommendation for refusal will be circulated out of session for a decision.


Motion to defer

Unanimous agreement by all members

The item relating to Proposed Tavern and Ticketed Live Music Events Venue as detailed in the report dated 12 August 2016, be deferred for out of session consideration with a revised refused recommendation with additional reasons for recommendation.

There is one avenue left now for Sunset Events to try to get approval and that is the State Administrative Tribunal.

Roel Loopers


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  1. Jon said, on August 30, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I see in reference to the proposed venue; there is a blog post you did in April ““engaged in a healthy activity” that might inspire them to take up a career in the arts.” a quote from J-shed bar manager in the herald.
    I didn’t notice anything in the reference above to the arts, I guess that was just part of the Spin and BS to the community by council for the 1st round to get this dog and pony show off the ground to start with and to shoe horn in this shady project in the 1st place.
    Council allowed this fiasco in the from the beginning; with their misleading community engagement, when we saw the Mayor driving this project along like it was his own.

    While council is so concerned about the expenses of running the city, perhaps they should ensure they don’t lease out seaside real estate for give away prices. Is there any other property oceanfront in Australia, that’s even double the price in Australia, attached to a CBD?

    Good to see the local community is getting a positive outcome. Well done WAPC.

    I wonder what will spun by council, to keep this venue running, at the end we will more than likely see these groups getting a cheap venue for summer with no upgrades in the area just fencing and smelly mobile toilets, puke, piss, vomit, lots of noise and some vandalism for good measure.

    Thats right more of the local community has had already.

    What a great asset to the city the council has provided.

    You have to admit Fremantle councils knows how to destroy the image of a great tourist area.

    Hope fully this will end in a positive outcome for the city, Fremantle deserves better.

  2. freoview said, on August 30, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I think without approval for a tavern and music venue Sunset Events will be very happy to get out of the lease as they won’t be interested running a cafe and art venue one would think.


  3. freoishome said, on August 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I think it is time for the Council to revise its position on this whole affair. Yes they gave Sunset as lease. But it was vigorously opposed at that time, and time since then has borne out residents concerns.
    Clearly Sunsets have put very little into setting this venue up to date, so let’s get the Council to get out of this lease, and retain some goodwill for all sides.

  4. Juliano said, on August 30, 2016 at 5:21 am

    The rejection of another piss up venue proves there is a God. The place for these debased human activities is in the industrial parks were there are no residents (paying huge rates) trying to seek tranquility or sleep which is their overriding right. Put sleepers’ rights before drunks.

  5. martin said, on August 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Wow! Fantastic assessment by WAPC!

    It is a pretty damning assessment of the proposal, and consistent with the views of the locals that opposed this proposal. Good to see that the WAPC has stepped up and taken responsibility where our Council has failed us so poorly.

    A lot may have been learnt by many through this process, but It remains to be seen whether any of our Councillors can be added to that list of the enlightened – I am sure we will find out soon enough! I suspect there are a few more twist and turns to go in this one.

    What Sunset Events does next will be a true test of whether they deserve to have a social licence to continue to operate in Freo. Will they take note from the community, and now an independent umpire, or will they continue to stick two fingers up at the people of Fremantle… Perhaps they will pull their heads in and reflect on what a great inside running they already have in Freo – or perhaps will they push on and break the camel’s back?

  6. freoview said, on August 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    You are right Lionel and Sunset Events do have a lease for the property, so it will be interesting to see if SAT would overrule WAPC or if SE comes up with a watered down proposal and go through the whole planning process again.
    Of course should they go to SAT and SAT approves it there is still the big hurdle of the Liquor License to get over.


  7. Lionel said, on August 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Council opened this pandora’s box. Sunset will use the original council decision as the basis for their SAT appeal. They stand a good chance of winning.

  8. freoview said, on August 29, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I agree Andrew that there need to be made major improvements as far as connectivity, public amenity, etc. is concerned and also that we need to find a much better solution than Sunday painters in cottages to activate the area. One priority is to have performance based leases, based on successful and professional occupants like Glen Cowans, Greg James and Jenny Dawson, and down the road Joanna Robinson at Kidogo. That is the standard we have to insist on, not cheap and mediocre.


  9. freoview said, on August 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I fear Sunset Events will fight this all the way and go to SAT.


  10. Andrew Sullivan said, on August 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    This was reported to me last Friday although it remains unclear whether this is the final decision. It does seem clear that the WAPC will determine the application with a refusal but that the full extent of the reasons for that refusal have yet to be finalised in writing. No doubt there will be some clarity soon enough.

    It will be interesting to see what Sunset chose to do bearing in mind that they do actually have a lease. It will also be interesting to see exactly what precedence the WAPC sets in their judgement as it could have both positive and negative implications for many a reserve in this state.

    Having run an expression of interest process and selected a preferred tender, it was reasonable for Council to honour the outcome and allow the proponent to apply for the different approvals. Obviously, a lot has been learnt about that space in the process by all concerned.

    The conflict in this instance has fundamentally arisen from the scale of the proposal, the extent and location of the open space that was included within the lease area and the proposal for the 12 larger concerts. Other matters have been raised and many a political argument proffered. What still remains is the need for significant improvements, both physical and operational, to the Arthur Head precinct. It remains a fundamentally critical stepping stone to complete the linkage between Bathers Beach and Victoria Quay as well as the point where the colonialists arrived to form the town and the only spot where the City still meets the sea.

  11. Lionel said, on August 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    You can guarantee they will go to a SAT

  12. Dick Baynham said, on August 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    And hopefully that is ‘goodnight from him’ and ‘goodnight from him’…

  13. Mary said, on August 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    That is good news.

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