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Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, j shed, sunset events, western australia by freoview on September 21, 2016



Sunset Events has abandoned plans to create a tavern and outdoor music venue at J Shed on historic Arthur Head. They will be handing the keys for Unit One back to the City of Fremantle by October 7.

The proposal for the tavern was strongly opposed by the J Shed artists, heritage groups, local residents and Fremantle Ports and the proposal for the 850 patron tavern and 1,500 patron concert venue was also rejected by the City of Fremantle and the WA Planning Commission after the strong community protests.

This is a very good outcome for the Fremantle West End, for heritage, for tourism and for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct I believe. The City of Fremantle should never have initially approved the proposal for a smaller venue as the heritage location at Bathers Beach is not suitable for a venue of that scale and purpose.

I am proud I have stood side by side with the J Shed artists, residents and heritage groups from the very beginning and our resolve never faltered. We deservedly won!


Roel Loopers

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  1. Suzanne said, on September 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Astounding! Wonderful!

    Unbelievable…. that this ridiculously, out-of-proportioned idea could ever have been acceptable to the guardians of WA’s most historic precinct; The Round House/Bathers Beach; forsaken by our very own Fremantle Council.
    Fairly soon thereafter, to receive world wide notoriety with ‘Firework-gate’.

    Thanks Roel and all of those hard working people who gave up time and united against the ridiculous, money for some, Booze Barn.

    Re coffee houses in the West End.
    Within 100 steps from the corner of Cliff & High there are four.
    Chalkies, The Stay Lucky Co,
    Blink and the Roma has re-opened.

    Well done all, especially you excellent citizens, The Round House Volunteers.

  2. Michael said, on September 21, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Now TAFE have closed the onsite cafe at Challenger TAFE, the catchment for an adjacent cafe just got bigger, and a cafe more viable. Sure it is out of the way, but so is Chalkie’s (ironically the closest competitor), and people go out of their way to go there, and to Moore & Moore…

  3. freoview said, on September 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I absolutely agree with you on this Ralph. This is the opportune time to rethink the whole Bathers Beach Art Precinct concept and get something really interesting going.
    The J Shed artists are keen to create a sculpture park on the reserve there and use the Number One studio for exhibitions and events, so a collaboration between art groups could well work as there is a shortage of exhibition and event spaces in Fremantle.
    If a permanent cafe can’t be realised we might be able to get a coffee or food van for a few hours a day in the summer months and I am still hoping for an art&craft market there.


  4. freoishome said, on September 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Well done Roel. You deserve some appreciation. You have kept issue alive and in the forefront of many Freo people’s minds.

    Now we need the Dockers to behave in like manner with their lease, instead of playing hard ball. Fremantle has supported the Dockers in many ways. Time for them to give back, so we can then do something to benefit the community.

    Good job!


  5. Ralph Treasure said, on September 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Important that the community moves on this and creates a good outcome for the area. It is after all an area that needs improvment in an appropriate fashion. Now is not the time to sit and wait.

  6. freoview said, on September 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I hear there are liquor licensing issues with the Drillhall.


  7. Steve said, on September 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    You reckon the dropping of West Coast Blues n Roots was related to this? They also still haven’t done anything with the Drill Hall (except expel and nearly kill the Fly).

  8. Paula Amaral said, on September 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm


  9. bigjulie said, on September 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Common sense reigns again!

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