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Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2017


A new burger restaurant on the Fremantle Esplanade remains a pipe dream for the time being, as City of Fremantle officers do not believe building the new hospitality venue should be a priority for the City, and they are hesitant to recommend that proponent Parklife should construct the building themselves on crown land.

The City has nominated $ 1.1 million in its forward budget estimates to construct the so-called Esplanade Hub in the 2018/19 financial year, however it is likely the officers will recommend to council that this is a lower priority project when compared to other projects. so it is probable that it will be delayed till at least 2019/20.

The Esplanade Reserve Masterplan was signed off in 2015, but has been controversial in the community, with even some senior officers at the City not being supportive of the new ‘hub’ idea near the railway line and Tourist Wheel.

At the Strategy and Project Development Committee last night Councillor Rachel Pemberton mentioned that sometimes Council loses track of Masterplans and they grow too big, and she said the area is surrounded by food and beverage options already.

Other Councillors said they would not want to be burned again, as happened with the Sunset Events tavern at J Shed.

Councillors Doug Thompson and Andrew Sullivan were at loggerheads, with Thompson saying that the Kings Square Project was the main focus for the City and it could not afford another major project for five years or so, while Sullivan said the Esplanade was crying out right now for that kind of development and that a city like Fremantle should be able to handle more major projects at the same time.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said the City should be looking for other options, a smaller cafe, and that the proposed burger restaurant was too big. Councillor Pemberton agreed and said the community would not be too happy to lose more of the grassed area, and that it might be better to do the project in the future when the Esplanade was extended into the Italian Club carpark.

Councillor Thompson made one of the best observations of the evening, by saying that no one had ever said to him that we need to redevelop the cafe on the Esplanade.

Councillor Pemberton also questioned if the Dismantle containers were actually used and suggested strongly that if they are not used they should be removed, or Council could take them over for uses related to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, such as skateboard hire.

I believe the City of Fremantle would do well to investigate what can be done to retain the Carriage Cafe in its present location, as moving it might structurally not be possible. Instead of spending a lot of money on building a new food outlet, Council should be looking at how it can support the existing cute cafe and help it grow into a restaurant and small bar with nearby public toilets.

We don’t always have to reinvent the wheel in Freo and we don’t really need another burger outlet, or another food outlet when there are nine of them on the other side of the railway line at the Fishing Boat Harbour, from Little Creatures, Baskin&Robbins, Joe’s Fish Shack, Han’s Cafe, Cicerello’s, Kailis, Char Char Bull, Bathers Beach House, all the way to Sweetlips.


Roel Loopers

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  1. Rob Fittock said, on August 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    the carriage remains until it’s lease expires some time in 2019 and will be supported until then….as for toilets the park has good facilities for normal days at the east and west ends which have recently undergone upgrades

  2. Suzanne said, on August 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I have never understood the animosity toward the Carriage Cafe. Or the ‘concrete over the grass at any excuse’.
    The Esplanade is a park. A wonderful central area for casual family fun, picnics and games. The Carriage Cafe is special, unique to Fremantle.
    Crs Thompson & Pemberton have listened to the Community. Hands off The Esplanade grass and the Carriage Cafe.
    Now Cr Sullivan has a toilet problem. Well improve the toilets already in situe
    but we dont need any more Burger Bars or concrete on The Esplanade.

  3. freoview said, on August 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Yes indeed and I was nodding my head in approval when you said that. The toilets at the southern end of the Esplanade are inadequate, which is very noticeable when ANZAC DAY participants gather there, and when other events are on. Often school groups have lunch there, or a break from going to museums, and the kids have to line up.

    The problems with integrated public toilets in buildings is that they are only open during business hours, as the discussion about public toilets as Kings Square indicated.


  4. Andrew Sullivan said, on August 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    One of the points I was making at the meeting was that the public toilets at that end of the park are proving themselves to be increasingly inadequate – we already see queues on the outside at busy times. The park has great loos at the other end, but that’s not currently where all the people are. An important part of any new build is to get state of the art toilets and changing facilities. I agree that the burger proposal may only cater for a portion of the community, may be too ‘high-end’ or exclusive for the park location, but we still need new loos and they are logically located within an integrated development. Hence, the point I was making is we still need to do something even if it isn’t the proposal currently on the table. We can’t just put it off for another decade.

  5. Caroline Simmonds said, on August 8, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    The food at the cafe is not my sort of food but I love seeing ithe charismatic carriage cafe and would be v cross if it went n was replaced w some steel and glass rubbish

  6. Suzanne said, on August 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Love the Carriage Cafe.
    It is such a Freo icon.
    No way it should be moved.
    Cant imagine why anyone would even contemplate such a ludicrous idea.
    Yes, and the burgers are great.

  7. Brian said, on August 8, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Very good points Roel. Nice to see the level of activity at the site now

  8. Rochelle said, on August 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Just quietly…we already do awesome burgers on our new menu too!
    Come check them out!

  9. Rochelle said, on August 8, 2017 at 10:52 am


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