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Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017



There appears to be a bit more to the small bar protest story in Fremantle’s High Street than the initial newspaper report this morning revealed.

This is not just the case of a psychiatrist wanting to protect his patients who have drug, alcohol and suicide issues, but much more about protecting his own patch. It’s classic not in my backyard stuff.

It turns out the good doctor actually lives at the premises and works from home next to the proposed bar and he clearly does not want his evening peace disturbed.

The bar proponents tell me it will just be a tiny 50-patron bar in the cellar with table service and no outdoor area.

Living in the inner city means one has to compromise and realise there will be bars and pubs and entertainment, and a tiny bar operated by responsible operators won’t create anti-social havoc in the West End that is in dire need of  night-time activation.

To put a mental health clinic in an entertainment area is puzzling.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Steve said, on June 10, 2017 at 5:20 am

    If the doctor doesn’t want to be located next to pubs perhaps he shouldn’t choose to put his office in the heart of a port city’s cbd that has been home to pubs and clubs for over 150 years. There are plenty of medical corridors where it would be in appropriate to put a pub, and high street fremantle is not one of them. Perhaps it is the Doctor that is out of place.

  2. freoview said, on June 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I would agree with you Karon if we talked about a large tavern or nightclub but this is a tiny bar and part of the City of Fremantle’s policy to encourage small bars and responsible drinking rather than booze barns.
    And I have only consumed two glasses of red wine this year and rarely frequent pubs or bars anymore. ;> )


  3. freoview said, on June 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Maybe Market Street next to the church where there is already a mental health clinic, I have visited myself,would be good and even closer to public transport. I am not at all saying out of sight out of mind but the entertainment area of Fremantle might not be the best location.


  4. Karon Reeves said, on June 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Roel, I tried to make a comment about this issue earlier, but I am not sure if it worked (not very tech savy). What I tried to say , is that Dr O’Daly does consult with clients during the evening and I understand his concerns. I have been reading some of your previous posts regarding alcohol and drug induced violence around Freo and I couldn’t help but think –does Freo really need another drinking venue? It’s people like Dr O’Daly , who combats the tragic aftermath of alcohol and drug related trauma (usually violence ) on daily basis. My kindest regards
    Karon Reeves

  5. Suzanne said, on June 9, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    …..and on the other side of the Doctors home/practice is the Fremantle Hotel.
    When purchased by Notre Dame University, it was promised that Fairweathers Bar would
    re-open at some stage. Look through the windows and view the magnificent little bar awaiting the locals.

    Am a bit flabbergasted at the Member for Freo, Simone McGurk’s, criticism of a 50 person bar, as stated in the West Australian Newspaper. If she made any critical comment about a 1500 person booze barn, to be placed nearby, adjacent to The Round House, WA’s most important heritage building, I didn’t see it.
    Numbers went down to 850, now I think it’s 450. That silence Ms McGurk, with over 400 more patrons, just down the road. Seems a bit odd worrying about 50 in a commercial/retail precinct.

    Bad luck for the Doctors patients and the lack of anonymity. A full photo of him and his address, including the actual street number, has been flaunted on a number of media outlets.

  6. Karon Reeves said, on June 9, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Dr O’Daly, consults with clients during the evening, and I understand his concerns. Also, I do not understand your final comment. Where do you think a psychiatric clinic should be located –out of sight -out of mind? Karonr@

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