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Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2017


I am not the only one concerned with the high number of planning applications for the Fremantle CBD which include taverns.

City of Fremantle Councillor and Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham will put following motion to full council on Wednesday:


Council request that the administration prepare a draft Local Planning Policy to provide guidance in the assessment of planning applications involving premises proposed to be licensed as Tavern or Hotel within the City Centre zone. This policy shall not address issues ordinarily dealt with through the Liquor Licensing process but shall consider relevant planning issues and specifically include consideration of the proportion of the licensed area to the site area occupied by other proposed uses, with a view to ensuring new proposals include an appropriate mix of complementary land uses.


One tavern was just recommended by the CoF Planning Committee for JDAP approval for the Warders Cottages hotel, another tavern is planned for the Police and Justice complex just meters away also in Henderson Street, and just down the road from there in William Street a micro-brewery and tavern is proposed in the Mannings Building.

Add to that another tavern proposal for the Woolstores shopping centre development, plus a large licensed music venue at the Drillhall(former Fly by Night) and one has to wonder how many taverns the Freo CBD can handle before we become the Booze Bash destination in the metro area.

Can Fremantle really cope with another 2000-25000 inebriated people roaming the streets on weekends, and who will pay for the street cleaning in front of all those licensed premises?

Have a look at the mess on Saturday and Sunday mornings along the Cappuccino Strip, that gets hosed clean early those mornings and rubbish swept up from the footpaths and road.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoishome said, on December 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Some years ago I suggested that CoF needed a “Stakeholder Analysis”, as all too often the development conflict is linked to company type stakeholders vs residential.

    Linked to this is a concern that our City is very focused on CBD/Entertainment precinct/City ward/West End, call it what you will. I think it was Andrew Sullivan who has said we are dependent on business to prop up the residential ratepayers.

    As a metro entertainment precinct, Freo gets thousands of ‘guests’, foreign tourists, interstate, as well as metro visitors coming mainly for the hospitality sector. Is this what we want? Do we want to be the a service provider for everyone else, ie, guests? Maybe we once did, but with cafes etc, now dotted all over every suburb including Freo’s residential suburbs, are these ever increasing outlets really a benefit for us?

    Business keep coming to Freo not for our benefit, but for their profits. They think they can more money here than other suburbs, they want to make buck out of our town. Should that be our current priority? Are there other things the permanent Freo population want?

    Rather than hospitality, I would like to see CoF become more activity based, ie, that our guests come to Freo to participate and support activities not sit in bars and cafes. Victoria Quay could become our Activity precinct.



  2. Alison said, on December 9, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Good article Roel and very relevant to what seems to be happening! Surely just common sense though that as part of planning you look at the bigger picture?


  3. freoview said, on December 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Most of the proposals are big so will be decided by JDAP and of course liquor licensing is under state authority as well, so one can only hope that common sense will prevail.



  4. Sean hefferon said, on December 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Roel, this perhaps is what the council has let loose? I mean developers have to make money money money right? Ride roughshod over heritage. After all why would Sunset propose a booze barn for Arthur Head if they hadn’t received the occasional positive message from council?


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