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FREO PUB DEATH NO BIG DEAL?

Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

S&A

 

We live in strange times, where respect for fellow humans and property are often just a second thought, if at all.

I was quite surprised to see it is business as usual at the Fremantle Sail&Anchor pub this Sunday, after a young man fell from their balcony last evening at 8.30 and died in Fiona Stanley Hospital last night.

I am not blaming anyone for the accident, but I wonder why the Sail&Anchor does not show more respect for the dead man and his family by closing the pub for a day.

 

Roel Loopers

 

MAN FALLS FROM SAIL&ANCHOR BALCONY

Posted in accidents, alcohol, city of fremantle, drinking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2017

 

A West Perth man died in hospital last night after falling from a balcony at the Fremantle Sail&Anchor pub.

He fell through the plastic weather protection that surrounds the first floor verandah to the ground of South Terrace around 8.30 pm.

People who were out and about in Fremantle last night were shocked that the Sail&Anchor remained open after the accident. Many believed it should have closed after the incident.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO PSYCHIATRIST BELIEVES BAR NEXT DOOR WOULD BE STRANGE COMPANY

Posted in city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

 

I find it rather strange to read on Perth Now/Sunday Times on-line that a Fremantle psychiatric clinic operator objects to a new small bar proposal at 10 High Street in the historic West End.

Psychiatrist Dr Keven O’Daly told Perth Now it would be totally inappropriate to have a bar next to his premises where they deal with drug, alcohol and suicide issues.

The proposed bar would be a sister bar to the great Strange Company bar in Nairn Street that is very popular and last Monday even introduced a book club. The new bar would operate from 4.30 pm to midnight, so mostly when the clinic next door would be closed for business.

It is rather bizarre that Dr O’Daly opened his clinic in High Street where there are already licensed premises when that is a concern for his clients. The temptation to grab a drink would be a lot less outside the cbd one would think.

Roel Loopers

EASTER BOOZE BIKES

Posted in alcohol, drinking, fremantle, police, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

booze bikes

 

The WA Police gave Fremantle people and visitors an Easter surprise mid Monday morning on Marine Terrace.

It wasn’t the booze bus but three booze bikes who stopped motorists and tested them for alcohol.

Oooooh, I am over the limit? It must have been the Grand Marnier inside the Easter egg I ate earlier. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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GET READY FOR FREO URBAN WINE WALK

Posted in community, fremantle, western australia, wine by freoview on March 29, 2017

An early notice for wine lovers that the Fremantle URBAN WINE WALK will be held on May 6.

The streets, laneways and footpaths of Fremantle, North Fremantle & South Fremantle will come alive as a line up of our best Urban Locales open their doors, transforming into the ultimate cellar door experience.

Promising a fresh, self-guided wine tasting experience never before seen in our city, Urban Wine Walk is an afternoon out you and your friends won’t want to miss!

You’ll enjoy unique experiences at a hand-picked selection of local bars and restaurants and of course sample unique wines from the best up and coming wine producers Australia has to offer!

It is on from midday till 5 pm and only costs $ 45.00 per person, so something to look forward to!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S BATHERS FIRST WA BOOZE BEACH

Posted in alcohol, alfresco, bathers beach, fremantle by freoview on November 17, 2016

The West Australian reports today that Fremantle’s Bathers Beach House is the first hospitality outlet in WA that has received a liquor license to serve alcohol on the beach. This will no doubt attract criticism from those who believe beaches should remain public spaces and not be leased to commercial operators, but I believe it is a good step forward for our nanny state to catch up with European standards on this issue.

What I don’t like is the awful metal steps that have been added to the timber deck that is part of the heritage interpretation of the area and it is disappointing the City of Fremantle did not insist on timber steps in character with the boardwalk.

That brings me to the issue of locals complaining that people who use the Mortuary area for weddings and functions close off the boardwalk to the public. That should not be allowed.

Roel Loopers

IT’S WEIGH TOO DANGEROUS!

Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 9, 2016

Is this really the right location for a new bar in Fremantle? The awkward roundabout-like intersection of Phillimore, Cliff and Fleet streets is very difficult for pedestrians, especially the thousands of overseas visitors, to negotiate and I weekly witness cars driving against one way arrows in the wrong direction.

I use the intersection daily as a motorist and as a pedestrian so I am talking long-time experience and observation here!

The PTA considers the application for a small, 75 patrons, bar inappropriate for the old weighbridge station as it is only 30 metres away from the container freight line to Fremantle Port.

The plan for a bar was conditionally approved last year with a 15-year lease for the 1897 weighbridge location.

The intersection is also earmarked for a drastic upgrade as part of the Victoria Quay development plans, so would these plans be in jeopardy if a 15-year lease is granted by the City of Fremantle?

Roel Loopers

SUNSET EVENTS TO FORCE J SHED TAVERN ISSUE AT WAPC

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, concerts, heritage, j shed, western australia by freoview on June 24, 2016

It is very interesting to read in the Fremantle Herald this morning that Sunset Events director David Chitty has told them the company will go on and try to get approval from the WA Planning Commission for an 1,500 patron outdoor live music venue and an 850 patron tavern at J Shed on historic Arthur Head, against the vote of Fremantle Council and the wishes of the Fremantle community.

All the talk by David Chitty that he too is a Freo resident and community minded appears to be meaningless, as he wants to force his project through against the latest Fremantle Council and Planning Committee decisions. That is very disappointing for the community but the dollar signs are more powerful that community sentiment.

Sunset Events wrongly did receive approval from the City of Fremantle for a 400 patron tavern and 1,000 patron concerts, but that was not big enough for the proponents, and one can see why. Add another 500 music fans to the 12 concerts a year,  and get 1,500 in at $ 100.00 a ticket plus what they eat and drink and you’ve got a substantial and very lucrative business. Add to that a doubling of patrons for the tavern seven days a week, while paying a mere peppercorn rent to the City of Fremantle and you are laughing all the way to the bank, so why bother about community sentiment and complaints.

But at the end it is not Sunset Events we should blame for being stubborn and greedy but Fremantle Council for being absolutely stupid for initially approving a totally inappropriate tavern and live music venue at one of WA’s most historic precincts. It will now come and bite them back!

Roel Loopers

 

 

FREMANTLE COUNCIL REJECTS SUNSET J SHED TAVERN

Ordinary Council of the City of Fremantle this evening rejected the proposal by Sunset Events for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 patron outdoor music venue, plus micro brewery and coffee roaster at J Shed on historic Arthur Head, to the delight of community and heritage groups and local residents, who have been fighting strongly against it for over two years. This is however still not the end of it as the final authority for the development is the WA Planning Committee.

Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Wainwright, Pemberton and McDonald all declared a conflict of interest and were not part of the deliberations and voting. Only Councillors Hume and Sullivan voted for it, while Deputy Mayor Dave Coggin and Councillors Waltham, Strachan, Naber and Jones were against the development.

The many residents, representatives of community groups and neighbouring artists stated that the J Shed/Arthur Head area can be activated in a more respectful and appropriate way than was proposed and that from 78 submissions sent to council 76 were against the tavern and live music venue. It was also clear that the excessive noise levels of 0ver 100 decibel recorded during the trial period this summer violated the Environmental Protection Act.

Sunset Events director David Chitty said the trial period was to show how the large concerts would work and that they wanted an answer if the development could go ahead or they would move on.

Councillor Jon Strachan, as the Chair of the Planning Committee, explained why the committee had rejected the approval three weeks ago and said that any fair and reasonable assessment of the proposal showed it did not comply with many of Council’s own policies. He said the proposal did not fit in with his vision for the site.

Only Councillor Andrew Sullivan spoke in favour of the proposal, saying that this was only about planning approval and not about the concerts. I am nonplussed about this statement as one cannot recommend the building of a tavern without also agreeing with the purpose it is built for. It’s a bit like approving a sewer but then rejecting that faeces run through it.

Councillor Bryn Jones said a tavern and live music venue does not compliment the work of the artists at J Shed and is very inconvenient for them. “Are we going to have a 21 year war or buy the artists out and make the whole building into a tavern?”

The question now is if Sunset Events will be a good corporate citizen and accepts the vote of Full Council and the Planning Committee and withdraw its application at the WAPC, or if they will try to get approval against the wishes of Fremantle’s Elected Members and the Fremantle community. Common sense should prevail and they should pull out, I believe.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MAYOR STAYS OUT OF J SHED SUNSET DEBATE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, j shed, local government, western australia by freoview on June 15, 2016

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will next week at the full council meeting declare a conflict of interest for the debate on the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern and live outdoor music venue at J Shed at Bathers Beach. The Mayor will declare the conflict because his long-term partner is an employee of CODA, the architects assigned by Sunset Events to design the tavern.

While this is the correct procedure one has to wonder why that conflict of interest did not exist last year when the temporary approval for live concerts was given, when the Mayor already was in a relationship with the CODA staffer.

Cynics might see this as a convenient way out for the Mayor who now won’t have to take part in the debate and won’t have to vote, so whatever the outcome no one can blame him.

Thinking about J Shed I feel this is a lost opportunity to create something special at historic Arthur Head. J Shed could have been a community and arts hub like the lovely Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street that has artists and yoga studios, a small exhibition and performance space, a cute cafe and a nice deck to sit on. The Fib has small concerts, poetry readings, exhibitions, functions, a monthly flea market, etc. and is such a relaxing venue. Imagine something like that at Bathers Beach, a small deck for alfresco enjoyment of the Indian Ocean and sunset, a space suitable for weddings and wedding function, for art exhibitions and collaborations with the artists at J Shed.

Then imagine the City, with a grant from Lotterywest, uncovering the remnants of the old Whaling Station and creating another historic tourist attraction in the area. Increase the connectivity between the Fishing Boat Harbour and the Maritime Museum by extending the board walk and one has a jewel that will attract people from all over the world and many locals.

Fremantle does not need another entertainment precinct. We already got that well covered in the CBD and we know the often negative impact that has on the community. Check out the FARE (Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) website or their DRINKTANK blog to see what impact drinking has on the community and our national health system, and it might be time for the City of Fremantle to consider their own alcohol policy.

Roel Loopers

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