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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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SUNSET EVENTS J SHED TAVERN SAGA CONTINUES

Posted in alcohol, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2017

 

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New plans by Sunset Events for a tavern at J Shed on historic Arthur Head are out for public comment for the next two weeks, so make sure to view them and send in your submissions to the City of Fremantle.

The proposal is for a 400 patron tavern, but plans for a micro brewery and coffee roastery appear to have been scrapped, and there is no application for ticketed music events in the tavern. I don’t believe that means Sunset Events can’t hold concerts in the tavern which patrons might have to pay for, as is sometimes the case at Clancy’s, for example.

Part of the plans look quite good. The small timber deck with a pergola to the south is nice, and if that was all for a 150 patron cafe and small bar I would support the proposal.

But Sunset Events also want to occupy a huge area of the A Class Reserve and put two units (seacontainers?) on for an outdoor kitchen, a bar, and also portable toilets clad in timber at the western side of the reserve.

They will also cut off the connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour, which will mean that tourists no longer will be able to access the art galleries at units 2, 3 and 4 from the south. They would have to walk all the way around, to nearly the South Mole and backtrack to those studios and that is highly unlikely to happen to the detriment of those businesses.

In consideration for the present artists Ross Potter, Ellen McCarthy, Peter Zuvela, Jenny Dawson, Greg James, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barrett, and the fact that the WA Planning Commission has already ruled that a tavern is not appropriate use for the A Class Reserve, I am opposing the proposal and hope that Fremantle Council will recommend to the WAPC to reject this proposal also.

Roel Loopers

WITNESS GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY AT FREO COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2017

 

It is just over four months until the Fremantle local government election so a good time for those who want to nominate to start doing their homework and attend council meetings, so that they do understand the process and complexities of local councils.

On Wednesday there are some interesting items on the agenda, so perfect to see democracy at work and hear our Elected Members deliberate and their thinking behind why they support or reject items.

There are plans for a five-storey backpackers at the Mills Record site at Adelaide Street, and that is significant in the context of the Kings Square Project development.

The planning compliance of the new Kings Square Civic Centre building is also on the agenda.

Sunset Events’ request to delay the start of their J Shed lease is another interesting item that no doubt will attract speakers from the public opposing it.

And there is an item to be debated about a scheme amendment for small infill development. It has a lot of merit but there are also people in the community opposing it.

The solar farm at the South Fremantle infill site is also an agenda item, but it is confidential, so the public won’t be able to sit in on that.

Local government is fascinating and grassroots democracy so inform yourselves and see how diligent our Councillors and officers are.

The Ordinary Council meeting starts at 6 pm, Wednesday June 28. Enter from the back stairs.

Roel Loopers

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FAKE FREMANTLE NEWS BITES

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle has done a Donald Trump on us and given us fake news. Well, it’s a typo only, but important because the next Ordinary Council meeting will deal with the Sunset Events J Shed tavern again, and I am sure some people will want to address our Elected Members.

The meeting is on WEDNESDAY JUNE 28 and not as published on the City’s News Bites page in the Fremantle Herald on Monday.

Roel Loopers

 

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SUNSET EVENTS DOES NOT DESERVE COUNCIL GENEROSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, sunset events, Uncategorized by freoview on June 17, 2017

 

The request by Sunset Events to delay the commencement of their lease for Unit One of J Shed at Bathers Beach will have to be decided by the City of Fremantle full council in a few weeks.

The Officer’s Recommendation is for Council to reject the application, but there is also an alternative recommendation that some Councillors at the FPOL Committee felt would give the City  more power and get Sunset Events to move faster, as they did not do anything for the last eight months, after the WAPC rejected the tavern application and live outdoor music venue on the A Class reserve.

I believe the alternative recommendation is far too generous and suggest to change it to following:

  • Commencement of the lease is January 1, 2018 and the agreed 25% of the rent is payable for six months.
  • The second year of the lease starts on July 1, 2018 where the rent is 50% of the $ 83,950 annual rent +GST.
  • Sunset Events needs to have all planning and liquor licensing approvals by September 30, 2018 otherwise the lease will be terminated.
  • If approvals granted start of building no later than January 31, 2019.
  • Personal directors’ guarantee that Sunset Events is in a sound financial position to pay for the building costs and rent.

 

I believe though that it is unlikely the WA Planning Commission will approve the tavern because it was deemed unsuitable use of the A Class reserve, and the new plans differ little from the previous one.

One way or the other, this can’t go on indefinitely and Sunset Events needs to get a kick in the bum to get started fast or move on.

Roel Loopers

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

SUNSET EVENTS WANT LEASE DELAY FOR J SHED TAVERN

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 10, 2017

 

The sad saga of Sunset Events proposed tavern at J Shed on historic Arthur Head in Fremantle continues. The company has asked the City of Fremantle to delay the start of their lease for a year until July 2018, but the officer’s recommendation is for Fremantle Council to reject the request.

For me the proposed tavern at Bathers Beach is a black mark on Fremantle Council and its failed concept of making an arts precinct out of one of Western Australia’s most significant heritage precincts.

I fail to understand how our Elected Members ever thought it would be appropriate to put a large watering hole on the A Class Reserve just below the Roundhouse, and the Western Australian Planning Commission agreed with that and rejected the proposal.

To be fair, after the initial Council approval, they too rejected the live outdoor music venue and tavern because of its scale and purpose. One has to wonder though why they entered into a lease agreement with Sunset Events in 2014.

Sunset Events now says it will need at least a year to receive planning and liquor licensing approval, but that was pretty clear from the very beginning, so why didn’t they start on that process long ago.

The WAPC rejected the proposal in September last year so it has taken SE eight months to now hope they don’t have to start paying rent. Let’s not forget they are only required to pay 25% of the rent in the first year!

Media reports have indicated SE might be in a bit of financial bother, so maybe they are taking too much on as they need to spend a few millions on the renovation of the heritage Drillhall at Parry Street, which was the former home of the Fly by Night club.

The West End community, heritage groups, Fremantle Ports, the Arthur Head artists, and the Roundhouse volunteer guides all don’t want a tavern at J Shed so why not let it rest and find a better solution for the site.

From the FPOL agenda for June 14, 2017:

The City has received a request from Sunset Venues Pty Ltd (Sunset) for an extension of the lease commencement date from 1 July 2017 to 1 July 2018 for Unit 1, J Shed, Fleet Street, Fremantle.

Sunset has requested the extension to allow further time to gain development approval, a liquor licence, and to minimise the time they are required to pay rent without the ability to trade effectively.

This report recommends that council reject the request from Sunset for an extension of the lease commencement date on the basis that the lease already provides for this scenario.

 

Roel Loopers

CAN SUNSET EVENTS AFFORD J SHED TAVERN VENTURE?

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2017

Today’s report in the Sunday Times that suppliers to the Southbound concert have been asked to sign a deed of arrangement and waive outstanding fees owed to them by Fremantle based Sunset Events should send worrying signals to the City of Fremantle council and administration. SE director David Chitty told the Sunday Times that settlement had been reached with the suppliers.

Sunset Events has a 20-year lease for the J Shed Number One unit at Bathers Beach where it wants to build a tavern and micro brewery, but if their finances are so precarious will they be able to commit themselves to the long lease and substantial investment?

Sunset Events is already spending millions of dollars on refurbishing the former Drillhall, that was home to the Fly by Night club, so where will all the money for two big new ventures come from when they are unable to pay their concert suppliers one has to wonder.

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

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

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