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Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, entertainment, sunset events by freoview on January 29, 2017

It is a worry to read in the Sunday Times this morning that Fremantle Sunset Events director David Chitty has admitted his company does have financial problems and paying suppliers after a less than successful Southbound event.

Several companies claim Sunset Events owes them tens of thousands of dollars with one of them making strong personal attacks on Facebook.

The worry for Fremantle is what this will mean for the Jerome Laneway Festival, but more importantly what it will mean for the 25-year-lease Sunset Events has signed for the No 1 studio in J Shed at Bathers Beach.

Rumours are that the company still wants to go ahead with a scaled-down version of the tavern and music venue, after planning approval for it was refused by Fremantle Council, the WA Planning Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal.

Will Sunset Events be able to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars to build a tavern, toilets, commercial kitchen, etc?

Maybe it is time for City of Fremantle officers to pro-actively engage with the events organisers and find out if it would be better to move on and for them to relinquish the lease and for the City to find a more appropriate use for the historically significant location.

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  1. Caroline said, on January 30, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Sunset got the original Fly premises over The Fly and it has been empty apart from another business since then. The Fly is doing okay. Sunset should concentrate on getting the drill hall open if they want it and be relieved of the J Shed option.

  2. Steve said, on January 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    An indigenous artist (and bush tucker cafe?) would fit in nicely with the diverse range of other artists in the precinct.

  3. Suzanne said, on January 29, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Too true Cheryl.

  4. freoview said, on January 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I totally agree Cheryl.


  5. Cheryl said, on January 29, 2017 at 10:28 am

    After the moving smoking ceremony in the Round House and on the Arthur Head Precinct yesterday promoted by the City of Fremantle – a precinct important to both Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples – it would be disingenuous of the City of Fremantle to continue to support or to promote the creation of a tavern (whether it be scaled down or not) on the Arthur Head Precinct.

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