IT’S D DAY FOR KIDOGO DECK
This coming Wednesday is deck decision day for Kidogo Arthouse when the State Administrative Tribunal will decide if the unauthorised large timber deck at the heritage-listed building on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach will have to be dismantled or if it overrules the Western Australian Planning Commission’s decision and allow it to remain.
It is a real shame Kidogo owner Joanna Robinson did not follow proper planning procedure and decided to build the deck without planning approval as she had received approval to build a small toilet block in that location.
Joanna has a great positive can-do attitude and creativity and her occasional Kelp Bar has been a big success with locals and tourists, but it appears that this time she broke the rules.
I hope some sort of compromise can be reached as it cost over $ 30,000 to build the deck, and it will cost a lot of money to dismantle it, but one cannot ignore planning rules, especially at such a significant historic location, and Joanna Robinson should have known better than just go ahead without approval from the State Heritage Office and City of Fremantle. Maybe a smaller deck is acceptable to the heritage people?