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The City of Fremantle FPOL debate about the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern in J Shed at Bathers Beach was a bit of a lengthy, but futile exercise in democracy as three members declared a conflict of interest, so the committee had no quorum, but it has to be a full council decision anyway.

There were quite a few residents and artists who spoke against the J Shed proposal but Chairperson Andrew Sullivan explained in detail that this was not a case of ripping up the contract between the City and SE and that the process had to run its course.

Sunset Events is asking for a one-year delay in starting the lease, until July 2018, so that they don’t have to start paying rent from July this year on, but none of the Councillors believed that was acceptable.

It was questioned why it had taken the events organisers so long to apply for planning approval and a liquor license and that they had wasted eight months since their first proposal was rejected by the WA Planning Commission.

The sentiment in the chamber was that Sunset Events needs to get a move on, or as Councillor Sullivan put it eloquently “Shit or get off the pot!”

A spokesman for the proponents said that Sunset Events had no intention to walk away from the J Shed project and that the stable was strong and ready to invest and committed to it.

The Officer’s Recommendation of not supporting the proponent’s request for a delay was the voting outcome by the committee, but it will now all be debated again at full Ordinary Council meeting in a few weeks.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Kel smith said, on June 19, 2017 at 7:20 am

    With regards to the pot comment.It appears Sunsets couldn’t give a shit.

  2. freoview said, on June 16, 2017 at 10:04 am

    From memory the Mayor had declared a conflict of interest in the past for the J Shed item, so I assume that is why he stayed away with Wainwright and Pemberton and he had not been in the Chamber before and could not make the declaration.


  3. kel said, on June 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Hi Roel,

    I also attended the Council meeting on wednesday night.

    You state 3 members declared a conflict of interest.Only two Councillors Pemberton and Wainwright stood up, declared their interest and left the room.This will be noted in the Council minutes.

    Who was the third one?

    Councillor Sullivan advised that the Mayor would be arriving late.Mayor Pettit did not enter the Chamber until discussion and voting on this item was completed.

    However Mayor Pettit was also observed waiting outside the Chamber in discussion with the other two Councillors for a very long period even “before” the Public question time was over and the item went into discussion by Council and voted on.

    One has to wonder why Brad did not enter the Chamber and waited outside.Was it because he “also had a conflict of interest on the Sunset Events item ” but by not going into the Chamber he did not have to declare it and have it noted in the minutes?

    Again Roel who was the third member?

    Maybe Brad can comment on this?


    Management of the wording of this Agenda item by Council Staff,ineffective results by Elected Members and the continuing frustration and stress placed on the speakers and the Community in general on this issue leads me to believe that the end result will be another carefully worded Council Resolution for extension to the lease, come the full council meeting in 2 weeks time.

    Watch this space!

  4. Steve said, on June 15, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    who do they think is going to patronize their tavern? They’ve managed to piss off the majority of the freo community before they’ve even started work. Best for them to walk away from it now and cut their losses.

  5. bigjulie said, on June 15, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Return on Investment = zero, naught, nothing, ducks egg, zilch.

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