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SUNSET, SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT!

 

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

SOLAR LIGHTS FOR BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

 

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Two tall slim solar-powered lights have been installed at the northern end of Fremantle’s Bathers Beach near J Shed.

The small solar lights along the coastal path often have been vandalised because they are low on the ground, so this is much better.

Roel Loopers

EASTER AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, fishing, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

It is not often one sees people fishing at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach but today there were a few, probably because the South Mole was packed full. But it paid off. I watched one man reeling in an 80 centimetre-long salmon.

Got this lovely colourful family selfie photo, as well as the dressed-up fisherman sculpture in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers

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BEAUTIFUL BATHERS BEACH LOVED

Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, indian ocean by freoview on April 3, 2017

 

 

Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is more and more becoming a leisure destination for locals and tourists and it showed on Sunday afternoon when many were basking in the gorgeous warm golden glow of the setting sun.

Work is also well under way at the new piazza in the Fishing Boat Harbour that no doubt will become another attraction.

I am very confident that Freo is turning it all around and that we’ll have an invigorated and vibrant city in the very near future!

Roel Loopers

SUN SETS ON J SHED TAVERN PROJECT

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, sunset events by freoview on April 1, 2017

It comes out of the blue that Sunset Events director David Chitty has announced they are pulling out of the J Shed tavern proposal because of the negative backlash at the public information session they held last Monday.

Chitty said there was no way to please the local community and neighbouring J Shed artists and it was not worth the effort and money to try to get the new proposal for a tavern-licensed family restaurant through Fremantle Council and the state’s Planning Commission and SAT.

You can’t win them all, and we’ve tried hard to address the concerns and we compromised, but nothing we propose seems to be good enough for those with a very negative opinion about our organisation, Chitty said.

Sunset Events will instead be concentrating on making the Drillhall, former Fly by Night club, the number one destination for great concerts in Fremantle and continue with the St Jerome Laneway, Blues&Roots and other music festivals in WA.

The City of Fremantle gave Sunset Events a 25-year lease so it will be interesting to see what they will come up with now for the space, as it has been a shambles trying to push a tavern down the throats of local residents and artists.

Roel Loopers

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FEMALE FOOD FOR BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, culture, fremantle by freoview on March 27, 2017

There was such an air of negativity at the Sunset Events community information session about new plans for J Shed at Bathers Beach that I left before the questions started, as the interruptions were annoying.

I walked away asking how one can create trust between parties when there is so much negativity. Honesty helps to achieve that, so why did Sunset Events director David Chitty in his presentation omitted to mention plans for a brewery, as well as the tavern, restaurant and picnic area he mentioned?

That is so silly and tactically so unwise because now the people who are already against it will think SE have got more to hide and other controversial plans they don’t want to mention.

That was really disappointing because I quite like the concept of an affordable family restaurant, with function space(s), a cultural program and creative director to implement it and a nice picnic area on the grass in front of the artists’ studios.

A 400 patron venue is not huge but is a tavern appropriate for the A-Class reserve? Not according to the state’s DAP and SAT.

I liked that David Chitty admitted the trial period had shown that what they initially wanted did not work for them and the community, and that could have been the start of positively moving forward together but PLEASE cut the bullshit!

The restaurant is going to serve female friendly meals that are not too blokey? You must be kidding! Are sausages phallic symbols?

Australian BBQ, local fresh produce and seafood, yes please. Generous serves to assist obesity, no thank you!

Fostering a progressive cultural program is paramount to the project. I don’t think so as a pub environment is just not suited for it. Film nights are great, especially outdoors but the northern end of Bathers Beach is very bloody windy, as we found out when we ran the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Market there. Ask the Kelp Bar how they struggle with the Freo Doctor.

I want something special at that end of Bathers Beach but am not sure that bookend pubs are the go, but I do actually like the idea of something like COAST at Port Beach that could well work at BB and I believe David Chitty could pull that off with the right chef and leaving all the bullshit and brewery stuff behind.

Roel Loopers

AUTUMN IN FREO PARADISE

Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, tourism by freoview on March 27, 2017

 

What a gorgeous autumn day it is in Freo paradise this Monday!

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SUNSET EVENTS’ NEW PLANS FOR J SHED

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, heritage by freoview on March 27, 2017

Sunset Events is holding a public information session today at 5.30 about their new plans for the number one unit at J Shed at Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach.

Sunset Events’ previous plans for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people outdoor music venue on the A-Class reserve were rejected by Fremantle Council, the W.A. Development Assessment panel and the State Administrative Tribunal, so it will be a tough task to get a smaller tavern approved as that use was deemed inappropriate for the reserve by the two state agencies.

The meeting is at the Drill Hall-former Fly by Night club- at Parry Street at 5.30 pm today, Monday March 27.

Roel Loopers

SCULPTURE@BATHERS FLAMING FINALE

Posted in art, bathers beach, fremantle, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 11, 2017

 

It finally is election day. I am so happy the pathetic campaign of buying voters with empty promises is over and the likelihood of a change in government.

It is also the last two days of the Fremantle  Sculpture@Bathers show, so go and see the sculptures by 85 Western Australian artists, like the beautiful stone work above by J Shed artist Jina Lee.

S@B ends with a flaming finale on Sunday from 6 pm when Replants artist Bruce Abbott sets fire to the 35 jarrah trees on Bathers Beach.

The Cottesloe Sculptures by the Sea is still on for another week and has many Freo artists represented, so check that out as well.

Roel Loopers

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SUNSET EVENTS TRIES AGAIN AT J SHED

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, j shed by freoview on March 6, 2017

I hear Sunset Events intends to take up their 25-year lease of the No 1 studio at J Shed from July 1 and build a reduced-capacity tavern for 400 patrons.

It also wants to cater for wedding functions with a large marquee on the grassed area in front of the J Shed art studios.

The concert organisers’ attempt at getting approval for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 people live outdoor music venue was rejected last year by Fremantle Council, the WA Planning Committee and the State Administrative Tribunal.

If my memory is correct the state agencies rejected the tavern because it was deemed inappropriate for the A Class Reserve at Bathers Beach, and not because of the number of patrons.

I have no doubt that inner city residents and community and heritage groups will also fight this new proposal, and it will be interesting to see if Fremantle Council will support a smaller tavern in one of WA’s most significant historic areas where the first British settlers set up home.

Roel Loopers

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