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NO WORRIES ABOUT NOT PAYING RENT IN FREMANTLE

 

There is something quite endearing about the naivety that Fremantle Council displays on occasions, as was the case last night when allowing the Fly by Night club to stay in Victoria Hall three months longer, so now they do not have to vacate the premises at the end of August, and the for sale signs at the beautiful heritage building will have to wait a while.

One Councillor said that the Fly had offered to pay $ 3,000 rent per month, so supposedly that was a good thing. But there is no guarantee whatsoever that the musicians club will actually pay that rent. One of the reasons they have to vacate Victoria Hall is that Council had to write off thousands of dollars in outstanding rent, and they have had financial help from Council previously.

But no one talked about a bank or personal guarantee, so that there is certainty the rent will actually be paid!

That is nothing new in Fremantle where Council in the past financially bailed out the Deckchair theatre company, Kulcha, and artists up at Arthur Head. Sign a lease with Freo City and just stop paying rent and it will become an unrecoverable debt. I hope Enkel and DADAA are not reading this!

Roel Loopers

 

Henty's

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FREO’S HISTORIC VICTORIA HALL FOR SALE!

 

Victoria Hall

 

The City of Fremantle will offer historic Victoria Hall for sale from September this year.

The building, designed by Talbot Hobbs, is one of the last Goldrush period buildings east of Kings Square and was built in 1896/97 as the St John’s Parish Hall.

It was renamed Victoria Hall to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

A previous Fremantle Council planned to demolish the building to allow for widening of High Street, but the Builders Labourers Federation put a Green Ban on it and saved the building from demolition.

The sale of Victoria Hall is in line with the adopted 2018/19 budget and comes as a result of the Fly by Night club moving out, as it has not demonstrated ongoing sustainability. The City will waive outstanding rent debt.

Victoria Hall was bought by the City of Fremantle in 2001 and restored for an estimated $ 2 million.

Net proceeds from any sale will be placed in the Town Hall Conservation Reserve and the Heritage Reserve of the City.

Roel Loopers

BYE BYE FOR VICTORIA HALL FLY

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2018

 

The Fly by Night Club, which has been an iconic part of the Fremantle music scene for more than 30 years, will leave Victoria Hall in August this year.

The City of Fremantle has gone out of its way to help the Fly survive, including offering half-price rent on Victoria Hall, spending more than $20,000 to improve the acoustics of the hall and giving them a $20,000 cash grant. Fremantle Council also agreed to waive the club’s outstanding debt to the City, which was around $70,000.

Despite lots of hard work by the Fly by Night board and staff and support from the City of Fremantle, the Fly has not been able to make Victoria Hall work as a profitable venue.

While not supporting a long-term extension of the lease when it was considered in February, the council did agree to a six-month, rent-free lease to allow the club to honour existing bookings and give it time to transition to a new arrangement.

Over the past few months the City has been working with the club to help them improve the sustainability of the business and find a new home in Fremantle. This has included exploring opportunities for the Fly to continue to present shows after August in other suitable venues in Fremantle, including the Navy Club, Fremantle Town Hall and South Fremantle Football Club event space.

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FREO SOCIAL HALL NEW MUSIC VENUE

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, heritage, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2018

 

Freo Social Hall

 

While the controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach will come before the City of Fremantle Planning Committee tomorrow evening, at the other end of town Sunset Events appear to be progressing well with converting the former Drillhall and former home of the Fly by Night Club into the FREO SOCIAL HALL music venue.

Sunset Events signed a lease with the National Trust to bring back the heritage building to its former glory and has been working on it for years. The new music venue is opening later this year.

A new large music venue will be very welcome in Fremantle, but it will be serious competition for the struggling Fly by Night in Victoria Hall, so time will tell if the two venues can survive in the same town.

Roel Loopers

WHAT IS THE LEASE SECRECY ABOUT?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

I wonder what rules apply to making agenda items of the City of Fremantle ‘confidential’.

On Wednesday at the FPOL Committee there are two agenda items that deal with the lease of CoF properties. The one about the lease of the Evan Davies buildings is all out in the open and for the public to read, but the one about the lease of Victoria Hall is considered confidential and not open to the public.

We know the Fly by Night club has been struggling in Victoria Hall, so if this is about yet another bail-out Fremantle residents and ratepayers should know about it.

Commercial confidentially can’t be a reason as the lease of the former KULCHA space would also come under that consideration.

It appears that different rules apply at Fremantle Council and that is not good.

Roel Loopers

GASLIGHT CLUB CONCERT AT VICTORIA HALL TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, fly by night club, Uncategorized by freoview on January 3, 2018

 

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I love this photo the Gaslight Club at the Fremantle Fly by Night Club is using to promote tonight’s event with Josh Ellis, Lindsay Wells and Apollo’s Attic.

It is on from 8-11pm in the beautiful old Victoria Hall at 179 High Street.

Roel Loopers

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JOIN THE FLY BY NIGHT MUSOS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fly by night club, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2017

 

Fly by Night memberships

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BELLYDANCE OASIS AT FLY BY NIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, cultural, entertainment, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

Belly Dance, Nov 18

 

It could be a wet Saturday so why not heat up a bit at the BELLYDANCE OASIS at Fremantle’s Victoria Hall.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $ 35 pre-sale or $ 40 on the door.

Book at http://www.flybynight.org

 

Roel Loopers

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MUSICIANS FOR MALAWI AT FLY BY NIGHT

Posted in charity, children, education, fly by night club, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

In 2015, Nola Formentin sold everything she owned in Fremantle and moved to Malawi in SE Africa. After an initial six months volunteering with an NGO, she was offered a job teaching music, swimming, art and environmental issues at a primary school near the city of Blantyre.

Nola now ants to raise money for Malawi at the Musicians for Malawi concert to be held at Victoria Hall on Saturday 5 August. Doors open 7pm and the night is run by The Fly By Night Musicians Club.

Headlining the evening will be Opera Australia’s Baritone Jose Carbo accompanied by David Wickham, supported by local opera singers Alexandra Bak, Jenna Robertson, Kelly Robertson, Helen Brown and Alessia Pintabona. The night then turns contemporary, with upcoming singer/songwriter Synaed Roche and The David Hyams Trio. Then finally, local country blues band The Suntones will have everyone dancing the night out! All artists are donating their time and talents for the evening. There will even be food available at the club. All proceeds go to Nola’s causes.

There are many NGOs around Blantyre in the south of Malawi. Nola has visited some that have touched her heart and she hopes to find donations to help them on their way. These include Morning Star JS Ministries, a locally run organisation that provides a safe and caring place for young men to gather and learn life skills.

They run a soccer team and need funding for uniforms and equipment, as well as rent for the clubhouse. The Jacaranda Foundation is an incredible school run solely for children affected by HIV/AIDS and has fostered some amazing talent both musically and artistically, sending students to summer schools in USA and Europe. The Fatima Centre is a small orphanage run by a retired English couple, fostering 25 orphans from their local village.

All these organisations are run entirely on donations and Nola would like to invite you to help her raise money to support these wonderful schools, which in turn will help educate and nurture these special children.

 

Tickets are available at www.flybynight.org or phone 9430 5208

Musicians for Malawi
Saturday 5 August
Doors open 7pm
Fly By Night Musicians Club
Victoria Hall 179 High St Fremantle

ZYDECATS AT THE FLY ON SUNDAY

Posted in fly by night club, fremantle, fremantle workers club, music by freoview on February 10, 2017

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The Fremantle Workers Club present the ZYDECATS at the Fly by Night Club in the gorgeous Victoria Hall this Sunday from 6 pm.

It’s going to be a rainy day so why not enjoy the invigorating sounds of one of Freo’s most loved bands.

Tickets are only $ 10.00 and for members of the two clubs $ 5.00.

 

 

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