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FRESH IDEAS NEEDED FOR ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2017

 

The desire of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge to extend the decision period on the proposed tavern at J Shed by Sunset Events comes in my opinion far too late. What could possibly be achieved in 2-3 months of talking that could not have been achieved in the last four years?

Fremantle Council did have many opportunities to listen to the community but instead created a divide that has now become too polarised to be resolved and end in a good outcome for the proponents and opponents.

Sunset Events has in desperation asked Freo Massive readers what they believe is acceptable for the J Shed studio at Bathers Beach, as director David Chitty also did at the Council meeting on Wednesday. The community already told you that, David, so why engage social media when there has been community consultation, meetings, information sessions, a special electors meeting, written and verbal submissions, etc?

The dilemma is that the two sides are too far apart to find a compromise, and there appears to be a bit of stubbornness on both sides as well. The stuff them attitude is not going to help anyone!

Would Sunset Events be happy to just run a day-time cafe and small bar with a nice deck to watch Bathers Bay and the sunset? I doubt it, as they want big numbers of patrons to make their investment worthwhile, and that is fair enough from a business perspective.

The J Shed artists appear to not want anything but another art studio in that location, so they will probably also object to a small bar at the No 1 studio.

Community groups might well be happy with a 150-patron small bar there, as I would be, but I don’t think Sunset Events will want to scale down its proposal that far.

Fact is that the City of Fremantle should not have wandered off so far from the initial Expression of Interest and CoF should not have signed a 21-year lease for a tavern and outdoor music venue.

Councillors and the administration have to accept all the blame for this fiasco and they now will have to do their utmost best to get Sunset Events to relinquish the lease and start from scratch.

It is however also important for the J Shed artists to show more willingness to compromise as they should not dictate who their next door businesses can be. A small bar and cafe is totally acceptable for the venue and would become a good attraction for tourists and local residents.

The A Class reserve is very suitable to support the artists and create a sculpture park, with the addition of some shade structures and more seating. That would also support a new cafe/bar at J Shed. And a small playground for the kids would also be a nice addition for the area.

The Bathers Beach Art Precinct should go back to the drawing board as it is not working. The Pilot’s Cottages at Captain’s Lane are closed too many days of the week and do very little to help activate the area. The only exemptions up there are the Glen Cowans photo gallery and the very popular Roundhouse which attract a lot of visitors, and so did the High Tide biennale by the way.

I still wonder if the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre would not have been far more successful at the J Shed No 1 unit and complement the existing art businesses there better.

Fremantle Council need to acknowledge they got it wrong as far as the activation of Arthur Head is concerned and should start all over again with an open mind. This might well be the opportune time to engage an outside consultant to get some new and fresh ideas.

In the meantime the Roundhouse volunteer guides want to put new displays inside the popular tourist attraction, and they need big money to do that. Time for Fremantle Council to engage with them and collaborate and also to give them some assistance!

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

COUNCIL INCOMPETENCE IN J SHED FARCE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2017

 

The highly farcical tavern proposal at J Shed on Bathers Beach saga continued last night when the Planning Committee of Fremantle Council refused again the proposal by Sunset Events for a 400-patron tavern at the number one studio on the A Class reserve.

In its utter incompetence in this matter Fremantle Council has managed to make victims of both the proponents and opponents of the development at historic Arthur Head. That is a remarkable feat!

Some four years ago Council supported the applicant driven proposal for a 1,500 patron outdoor music venue and 850-patron tavern and signed a 21 year lease with Sunset Events.

This was against strong opposition of West End residents, J Shed artists, FICRA, Aboriginal and  heritage groups and Fremantle Ports, but our Councillors had their rose-coloured ACTIVATION glasses on and suddenly wanted something much bigger than a cafe, restaurant or small bar, as was invited for in the Expressions of Interest document.

All public submissions were ignored and even the packed full Townhall special electors meeting was dismissed because our elected members knew best what is good for us.

In good faith and with the justifiable assumption that Council would approve the tavern and music venue Sunset Events signed a 21-year lease, but now their scaled-down proposals keep getting rejected and that is extremely unfair to them.

I agree with last night’s refusal and the refusals before that because a large tavern is not acceptable for one of our state’s most significant historic areas, but to leave the proponents in limbo with no room to move shows arrogance, naivety and incompetence by those Councillors who voted for the 21-year lease.

J Shed artists have had their nerves stretched to the limit as their livelihood is at stake, and Sunset Events rightly insists that the project has to be financially viable for them before they invest millions in sewerage, toilets, a commercial kitchen, etc.

The way Fremantle Council has handled the J Shed proposal is so absurd and incompetent that it might well have been an episode of the satirical TV series Utopia.

Sunset Events has every right to being frustrated and should take legal action against Fremantle Council for wasting their time and money, because reducing the scale of the tavern even more would not make financial sense for them.

One has to seriously wonder why it is that only after four years officers and Councillors now decide that a tavern is inappropriate for the A Class reserve, the heritage area and the Bathers Beach Art Precinct, although they signed a lease for it. That, as Planning Committee chair Jon Strachan pointed out, will make any size tavern un-approvable in the future and leaves Sunset Events in limbo.

It is an absolute disgrace and those Councillors who voted for the long-term lease should kick themselves in the backside really hard and get an injection of a dose of reality.

Roel Loopers

SUNSET J SHED TAVERN ON PLANNING AGENDA

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2017

 

J Shed plans 3

J Shed plans 2

 

The controversial proposal by Sunset Events for a 400-patron tavern and micro-brewery in J Shed at Fremantle’s historic Bathers Beach is on the agenda again at this Wednesday’s Fremantle Council Planning Committee.

The deciding authority is the WA Planning Commission, but the CoF officers recommend that the City’s planning committee refuse the application for following reasons:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
Planning committee acting under delegation 2.1:

Refer to the Western Australian Planning Commission with a recommendation for REFUSAL under the Metropolitan Region Scheme, the proposed partial change of use to Tavern, and additions and alterations to an existing building at No. 1 (Lot 2051) Fleet Street, Fremantle, as detailed on plans dated 1 November 2017, for the following reasons:

  1. The proposal is inappropriate having regard to the purposes for which the land is reserved under the Metropolitan Region Scheme.
  2. The proposal is inconsistent with objectives 3.1 and 3.2 of the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy DGF5 – Arthur Head Reserve Strategy Plan.
  3. The proposal is inconsistent with Policy 3 of the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy DGF6 – Arthur Head – (West End of High Street, Fremantle).
  4. The proposal is inconsistent with clause 3.4 of the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy DGF26 – Planning Policy for the West End of Victoria Quay.
  5. The proposal is inconsistent with clause 1.1 of the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy DBU6 – Late Night Entertainment Venues Serving Alcohol.
  6. The proposal is inconsistent with clause 4.1.2(b) of the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy DGF14 – Fremantle West End Conservation Area Policy.

 

The whole tavern idea has become a real farce because initially Fremantle Council approved a 19-year lease for a large tavern and outdoor music area, but now they are scrambling to get out of their ridiculous decision after community outrage. That is unfair to Sunset Events which signed the lease in good faith that they could open a tavern at J Shed.

It was preposterous to believe a tavern would be suitable for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct and historically very significant Arthur Head, so why sign a long-term lease with SE in the first place?!

But now after Fremantle Council approved a lease, they suddenly discover a tavern is not suitable for Arthur Head and want to refuse it. That’s shambolic!

The new proposal cuts off the connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour and would have a negative impact on the gallery business of the adjoining art studios of Greg James, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Jenny Dawson, Ross Potter and Ellen McCarthy, as people would have to walk around the tavern boundaries, when coming from the south, to get to the galleries. That is not acceptable!

Imagine though a beach restaurant in the style of the Swanbourne beach cafe Shorehouse,  Port Beach Coast, or Beaches cafe, Cottesloe, instead of a tavern and brewery. A lovely cafe/restaurant with a big deck to watch the sunset, have breakfast and chill out. Now that would be a good way of activating that part of Bathers Beach.

The item is on the agenda of the Planning Committee this Wednesday December 6 at 6pm.

Roel Loopers

FREO ARTIST WINS JOONDALUP PEOPLE’S AWARD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2017

 

Ross Potter

 

Congratulations to Fremantle J Shed artist Ross Potter who won the $ 2,000 People’s Choice Award of the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award 2017.

Pop into the Freo Maritime Museum where Ross Potter is working on a huge life-size drawing of a whale for the Fremantle Festival till mid November!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S J SHED ARTISTS MAKE THEIR MARK

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2017

 

Diego

 

Sometime local artists are undervalued because we take them a bit for granted, and that seems to be the case with the Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach.

Artist Greg James has just finished another bronze sculpture for Busselton. It will be his fourth artwork for the main street there and two more are commissioned, so that will make the main stretch of Busselton into the Greg James art boulevard.

Artist Lesley Barrett, who works out of J Shed has won the Pemberton art prize and artist Yuko Takahashi, who also creates at J Shed won the Claremont art prize.

And in the meantime J Shed artist Jina Lee has been creating stone sculptures in Italy for a few weeks.

Greg James’ Diego sculpture is about the Spanish settlers to Busselton who introduced olives and wine grapes in the region. It took over 12 months to create the work that weights 310 kilo.

Artist David Johansen, he on the right, was the model for the face of Diego.

Greg James’ next artwork is already on the go and will be a sculpture of Edmund Rice for the Christian Brothers School in Fremantle.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S ART AND HISTORY PRECINCT

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2017

 

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History is very important to me. It gives me a sense of belonging and comfort to know that many people worked so hard decades ago to leave beautiful Fremantle for future generations. It also puts the onus on us to leave a great place for the young ones, hence my nomination for the local government election.

Culture is very much part of that, as I was brought up in the Netherlands with the great art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, etc.

So I love hanging out at Arthur Head, where the Roundhouse stands proud as the oldest public building in Western Australia, and where artists such as Greg James, Jenny Dawson, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, Peter Zuvela, Ross Porter and Glen Cowans have made an artistic home for themselves.

The PS Art Space people have put three cherry-pickers at Little High Street in preparation for the installation of an exciting new art show, so stay tuned for that.

Here some impressions of the historic art area at the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

As I said at the City Ward candidate forum last Thursday, in the unlikely event that I’ll get elected on Fremantle Council I would like to revisit the BBAP as I believe it can and needs to be improved, because some parts of it are not working. It has great potential but needs creative thinking and real collaboration with the local artists.

 

Roel Loopers

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NO SUNSET EVENTS TAVERN AT J SHED?

Posted in bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2017

 

Has Sunset Events given up on trying to establish a tavern at the number one unit of J SHED at Bathers Beach?

Yesterday three people from a not for profit organisation came to look at the location, to see if it would be suitable for a small business incubator.

I am not sure that a small business incubator is suitable for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct, but a pub isn’t either.

I tried to find out yesterday from the City of Fremantle if the 19-year-lease they have with Sunset Events allows the company to sub-lease to anyone, even if the business does not suit the art precinct concept, but I have not received a reply from the director yet.

It has been telling that although Sunset Events had to start paying rent from July 1, after their application for a one-year delay of the start of their lease was rejected by Fremantle Council, they still have not started to apply for a liquor license for the venue in September. They are required to advertise a liquor license application on the building, and it is not there.

The company has also cancelled this year’s Southbound concert at Busselton.

 

Roel Loopers

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JENNY DAWSON MOSAIC WORKSHOPS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2017

 

Jenny Dawson ceramic classes

 

Jenny Dawson, one of Western Australia’s best ceramic artists is holding workshops at her J Shed studio at Bathers Beach in Fremantle later this month.

Learn how to design and make your own ceramic wall piece.

Classes are on Thursday August 29 from 2pm to 4.30 pm, Thursday August 31 at the same time, and also on Sunday September 10 from 2-4.30 pm.

Jenny is very well known for her public artworks, such as the one at the water playground at Perth’ Elizabeth Quay.

I don’t know what the workshops cost, so contact Jenny Dawson on 0417 911 078 or email jennydawsonjshed@yahoo.com.au

 

Roel Loopers

 

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HEART FELT MUSIC AT J SHED

Posted in bathers beach art precinct, culture, fremantle, j shed, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 3, 2017

 

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 13. 5pm at Art of Freo / Little Space Freo at J Shed on Bathers Beach

There will be a live music event at Little Space on Sunday week, so go along and support this relatively new art venue.

Little Space Freo will host an acoustic performance by Harry Heart, who has just launched his new EP ‘Sun Follows’. Listen to Harry’s new songs in the same warehouse space where he recorded his EP earlier in the year.

Harry will be supported by Luke Fox, a coastal roots artist from Australia’s South West, and Duncan Saige, a singer-songwriter from Perth, with proceeds donated to Oxfam Australia

Following a wave of acclaim in Australia and the UK for the raucous rock track Baby Calm Down, and a year spent working closely with members of Bluejuice, The Snowdroppers and Glass Towers, Harry Heart retreated to J Shed inFremantle to piece together a soothing EP, titled Sun Follows.

Tickets $ 10.00 on sale NOW through Eventbrite HERE

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LET’S GET KRAKEN FREO!

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2017

 

The Fremantle KRAKEN Festival is on at Bathers Beach all day this Saturday July 22.

Come enjoy a day of free community activities as the Bathers Beach Art Precinct comes to life for this winter warmer for the whole family.

What’s on at Kraken? 

1 pm – 6 pm  Acoustic music at Bathers Beach boardwalk gazebo

12 pm – 7 pm Fashion and craft markets on Bathers Beach boardwalk

3 pm Welcome to Country by Reverend Sealin Garlett (Bathers Beach Gazebo)

5.30 pm  Effigy burn on the beach at sunset accompanied by fire twirling and drumming

12 pm – 11 pm Food and theme camp activities at J-shed

12 pm – 7 pm Food trucks in front of Kidogo

3 pm – 6 pm Drinks at Kidogo

12 pm – 5.30 pm J Shed, Captain’s Lane and Mrs Trivett’s Lane artists open for business

12 pm – 9 pm Chill theme camps at the Round house

Plus roving entertainment and so much more!

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