While there is public and political outrage about the proposed privatisation of Fremantle Port and Western Power the privatisation of Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach is well under way.
The Bathers Beach House became the first hospitality venue in Australia that is allowed to sell alcohol on the beach, but today they simply extended the beach chair bar with tables and umbrellas for alfresco dining on the sand. That is not on!
How many events and functions will this hospitality operator now hold on our public beach and will they simply extend the alfresco area onto the beach during busy periods. Who then could stop Kidogo Arthouse/Kelp Bar from doing the same?
Who at the City of Fremantle signed the permission for BBH to set up tables on the beach? What are they charged for using OUR beach?
This will be my last post on the Fremantle BATHERS BEACH HOUSE for quite a while. I have promoted this new venue and reported on the progress for some months and now it is finally open and looking good.
The Indian Ocean views are spectacular, especially from the first floor. The menu looks fine and the prices are average.
Local J Shed artists sculptor Greg James and photographer Peter Zuvela were among the first patrons to wish their neighbour good luck.
My only criticism is the sterile furniture upstairs and that the tables are in one long row. It lacks ambiance and needs a bit more fine tuning and detail. Noise will also become a problem with only hard surfaces, so when the place is full conversation will have to be put on the back burner.
It is no doubt one of the great beach locations in the Perth metro area though and should fast become one of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals. Go and try it out!
I do not get paid for promoting Freo businesses like the BBH. It’s just part of supporting my community!