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SMALL CHANGES BUT BIG HOPES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in bars, fremantle, hospitality, retail, tourism by freoview on November 11, 2016

While the Maya Indian restaurant on Market Street changed into the Aunty G, bar the Epicure bar on the corner of High and Pakenham streets has got a new owner and refurbishment is happening there right now, so stay tuned. These are just small bars and minor changes in Fremantle but an indication of progress.

It is good to see so much happening and I can sense new optimism in our city. I have no doubt that in the medium to long run all that new development and new offices, hotels and retailers in Freo will have a positive and tangible impact for all ratepayers and residents and that Freo will prosper once again.

It has taken a very long time, but now we can finally see some light at the end of that long black tunnel.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SHORT LISTED FOR LIQUOR REFORM AWARD

We live in a world of awards for just about everything and many of them are pretty irrelevant and meaningless because of the lack of research done. Some awards simply tick a few boxes and for example take Local Government’s submissions as a fact, instead of checking out the reality.

The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol Awards appears to belong to the latter because the City of Fremantle has been nominated as a finalist For it’s no tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour at events and its promotion of a small bar culture and liquor reform in the area.

It is clear the McCusker Foundation does not know that on the same evening Fremantle Council signed off on its alcohol policy it also approved the establishment of a new tavern and live music venue for up to 1,500 patrons at J Shed on historic Arthur Head, and is in the process of approving a micro-brewery at the former Energy Museum, just around the corner from St Patrick’s that deals with people with drug and alcohol related problems.

If my memory is correct, in times of the biggest community turmoil about Council ignoring community consultation, the City of Fremantle received an award for its excellent community consultation process.

It might all sound great on paper and in a one-eyed submissions by COF officers, but unfortunately the reality is a whole different ball game. As I pointed out here recently the Fremantle Accord on responsible service of alcohol is just another lip service with many pubs now offering happy hours and cheaper drinks, with the National Hotel even having two a day, one during lunchtime hours.

For the City of Fremantle to receive an award, or even be a finalist, in the McCusker alcohol award it would need to do a whole lot better, and not be hypocritical by ignoring its own alcohol policy.

Roel Loopers

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