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Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, entertainment, heritage, hospitality, j shed by freoview on January 19, 2017

Fremantle’s West End is buzzing with rumours that Sunset Events will propose a scaled-down version of the rejected tavern and outdoor music venue at J Shed on Bathers Beach. The music events organiser has a 25-year-lease for the number one studio there.

The proposal for the venue was rejected by the City of Fremantle, the WA Planning Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal, so only heaven knows why the SE directors are still trying for the same, but a bit smaller.

From my memory SAT and the WAPC rejected the proposal because a tavern and live music venue were deemed inappropriate for the A Class Reserve in one of our state’s most historic areas. The number of patrons was not the issue for the two state bodies, but a licensed pub and music venue was.

I have no doubt that should Sunset Events put a scaled-down proposal forward it will again be opposed by Fremantle community groups and end up again at WAPC and SAT. Common sense tells me that these bodies will not change their ruling just because Sunset Events is reducing the number of patrons.

A small bar/cafe and art gallery would be nice there, but anything bigger is not on.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Suzanne said, on January 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

    The issue is the drongo Council giving a huge duration lease with a peppercorn rent.
    Of course Sunset are going to keep pushing to make money at Bathers Beach/J Shed.
    It’s so easy-peasy to hoodwink the Council, supposed City Caretakers.
    Meanwhile the rest of us have to fight to protect the States most important Heritage site.
    Attacked on both sides.
    Sunset Events on the West.
    Notre Dame on the East.
    Money, money, money and no conscience any of them.

  2. freoishome said, on January 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Once again, the same people want to make their comments personal, instead of the issue.

  3. Lionel said, on January 19, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    According to Paul, you may not question or query Sunset Events as they have a contract with CoF. Instead you must take it up directly with CoF.

  4. Steve said, on January 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Will be interesting to see if Sunset Events still has any local support in Freo. They’ve done a fantastic job of alienating an entire town against them.

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