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Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, heritage, kidogo arthouse by freoview on November 6, 2016


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?

Roel Loopers


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  1. keatster said, on November 8, 2016 at 11:21 am

    hi pete

    the determination from the planning commission, on the advice of the heritage council and the city, is to remove the deck as it is not appropriate to the heritage building, so no, the deck cannot be retained.

    the boardwalk, however, will remain as it was not a part of the illegally constructed deck.

  2. Pete said, on November 7, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I’m with you Roel … I should have referred to the northern structure as a deck. However, my solution idea still applies !


  3. freoview said, on November 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Pete it is not the boardwalk we are talking about here! It is the deck to the north of Kidogo Arthouse that is not a boardwalk but an entertainment venue.


  4. Pete said, on November 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Regardless of the pros n cons, Joanna will just have to face the music ! She would have been aware of possible repercussion.
    But we now have a situation where a solid and serviceable boardwalk might be dismantled to be replaced with a solid and serviceable boardwalk ! ! !
    Practical solution ! … Joanna pays a fine and the City claims the boardwalk for the people.

  5. suzanne said, on November 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Seaside sand to the left of it.
    Seaside sand to the right of it….
    AND pristine seaside sand with lapping ocean in front of, and under it.
    Dunnoe where your dust bowl is but it aint at Heritage Bathers Beach.

  6. Steve said, on November 6, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    The deck is definitely an improvement over the sand dust bowl that was there before (and will be there after if she had to remove it).

  7. Suzanne said, on November 6, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Wait a moment Roel.
    That land that Joanna has illegally built on would be worth a couple of million dollars to buy.
    Of course she would never have been permitted, if she had gone about it legally, for that very reason.
    I guess playing squatters was easier but that provides a precedence for every person and his dog to whack up buildings along the beach, willy nilly, and this, the states most important heritage beach.
    There are also rules protecting the Swan River from such intrusions.
    When Kidigo has shows on, big heavies disallow those of us who paid for the original boardwalk, to actually walk by.
    Sorry. Rules is rules and they are in place for all to follow.

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