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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

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

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

J SHED INCOMPETENCE A WORRY FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, fremantle, j shed, local government, western australia by freoview on September 24, 2016

After the Western Australian Planning Commission refusal for approval I can’t get out of my head what an outrage the 21-year lease is Sunset Events got from the City of Fremantle for the J Shed tavern, as it shows incompetence by COF officers and lawyers involved. Did anyone at the City check any of the planning rules the WAPC refers to in its decision to reject the tavern and outdoor music venue? Shouldn’t the lawyers have picked it up also?

And what about the Minister for Lands and the Minister for Local Government who both said it was o.k?

Here a reminder of the WAPC ruling:

1. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of the Clause 30 of the Metropolitan Region Scheme as it is inconsistent with the purpose for which the land is reserved under the scheme, inconsistent with the orderly and proper planning of the locality and does not allow the preservation of amenities in the locality.

2. The proposal does not provide sufficient on- site car parking;

3. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of Development Control Policy 5.3 – Use of Land Reserved for Parks and Recreation and Regional Open Space as it is not of a nature and scale of the proposal is compatible with the use and zoning of the surrounding land, the nature and purpose of the reserved land and the environmental character of the location;

4. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of Development Control Policy 5.3 – Use of Land Reserved for Parks and Recreation and Regional Open Space as it is not identified there being a community need for the proposed facility in the proposed location and the proposal is not consistent with existing or proposed land use and management plans;

5. 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 as the proposal does not demonstrate a low key use and is not compatible with the ethos of the area;

6. 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 as the proposed land uses are not compatible with the primary or ancillary land uses desired for the locality;

7. 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 as the proposal is not a low profile commercial uses of J-Shed reflective of and is not compatible with the history and maritime themes of Arthur Head and the foreshore;

8. The proposal is inconsistent with Clause 2 of the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy DGF6 – Arthur Head – (West End of High Street, Fremantle) as the proposal is overloading the vicinity with proposed developments

None of that was picked up by the COF officers and lawyers or the officers at the Lands Department and Local Government Department. How can that be?  That is not acceptable!

And then we read the statement in the Herald by the acting Director of the City  saying the City is expecting Sunset Events to start the 21-year lease early next year. The lease was given for a tavern and live music venue the WAPC has ruled out in that location, so what is the City talking about!

Surely someone is responsible for this debacle and I would like to know what Fremantle’s new CEO Phil StJohn is going to do about it, because just shrugging the shoulders and say shit happens is really not anywhere near good enough.

The J Shed disaster makes me fear the worst for the Kings Square Project the City signed off on with Sirona Capital. Did the COF officers and lawyers really cross all the Ts and dot the Is? REALLY? Or will financial experts Martin Lee and Craig Ross be proven right that the deal is a financial disaster for the ratepayers of Fremantle, because someone at the City of Fremantle did not check all the details carefully?

Heads should roll, the media should start asking the hard questions, and the Minister for Local Government needs to do his job and investigate the City of Fremantle for its incompetent handling of the J Shed issue.

We can only hope and pray the officers and lawyers did a more thorough job on checking the details of the Kings Square contract than they did on the J Shed lease.

So what are you going to do about it CEO Phil StJohn?! 

Roel Loopers

WHY WAPC REJECTED J SHED TAVERN

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, j shed, western autralia by freoview on September 22, 2016

I had a look at why the WA Planning Commission rejected the Sunset Events proposal for a tavern and live music venue at J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach and found it quite puzzling why neither the City of Fremantle nor the State Heritage Office did see these issues and approved the tavern at Arthur Head.

Here part of the ruling by the Statutory Planning Committee from their meeting of August 23, 2016.

1. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of the Clause 30 of the Metropolitan Region Scheme as it is inconsistent with the purpose for which the land is reserved under the scheme, inconsistent with the orderly and proper planning of the locality and does not allow the preservation of amenities in the locality.

2. The proposal does not provide sufficient on- site car parking;

3. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of Development Control Policy 5.3 – Use of Land Reserved for Parks and Recreation and Regional Open Space as it is not of a nature and scale of the proposal is compatible with the use and zoning of the surrounding land, the nature and purpose of the reserved land and the environmental character of the location;

4. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of Development Control Policy 5.3 – Use of Land Reserved for Parks and Recreation and Regional Open Space as it is not identified there being a community need for the proposed facility in the proposed location and the proposal is not consistent with existing or proposed land use and management plans;

5. 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 as the proposal does not demonstrate a low key use and is not compatible with the ethos of the area;

6. 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 as the proposed land uses are not compatible with the primary or ancillary land uses desired for the locality;

7. 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 as the proposal is not a low profile commercial uses of J-Shed reflective of and is not compatible with the history and maritime themes of Arthur Head and the foreshore;

8. The proposal is inconsistent with Clause 2 of the City of Fremantle’s Local Planning Policy DGF6 – Arthur Head – (West End of High Street, Fremantle) as the proposal is overloading the vicinity with proposed developments;..

SUNSET ABANDONS J SHED TAVERN PLANS!

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, j shed, sunset events, western australia by freoview on September 21, 2016

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Sunset Events has abandoned plans to create a tavern and outdoor music venue at J Shed on historic Arthur Head. They will be handing the keys for Unit One back to the City of Fremantle by October 7.

The proposal for the tavern was strongly opposed by the J Shed artists, heritage groups, local residents and Fremantle Ports and the proposal for the 850 patron tavern and 1,500 patron concert venue was also rejected by the City of Fremantle and the WA Planning Commission after the strong community protests.

This is a very good outcome for the Fremantle West End, for heritage, for tourism and for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct I believe. The City of Fremantle should never have initially approved the proposal for a smaller venue as the heritage location at Bathers Beach is not suitable for a venue of that scale and purpose.

I am proud I have stood side by side with the J Shed artists, residents and heritage groups from the very beginning and our resolve never faltered. We deservedly won!

 

Roel Loopers

SUNSET KEEPS PUSHING FOR J SHED TAVERN

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, sunset events, western australia by freoview on September 2, 2016

Fremantle is in for more Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Sunset Events director David Chitty telling the Fremantle Herald that his company will challenge the refusal for a tavern and live outdoor music venue at J Shed on Bathers Beach by the WA Planning Commission at the State Administrative Tribunal.

Chitty admits though that it is unlikely they will win at SAT, but Sunset Events would then consider getting approval from the City of Fremantle for a scaled down version. One can assume this would be for the much lower patron numbers the City of Fremantle approved two years ago.

It looks like the Fremantle west end residents, heritage groups, Fremantle Ports and J Shed artists will have to continue their fight against this madness for a long while to come, and with the inconsistent decision-making record of Fremantle Council one cannot even start to guess the outcome. Playing Lotto is more predictable than Fremantle Council decisions.

Roel Loopers

WAPC RULES NO TAVERN AT FREMANTLE J SHED

The Fremantle community has won an important step against the development of a tavern and live outdoor music venue at J Shed on Arthur Head with the WA Planning Commission refusing the application by Sunset Events.

This from the WAPC Minutes put on-line just minutes ago:

Officer’s Recommendation:

That the Statutory Planning Committee resolves to refuse the application for proposed special event (live music) venue and the alterations and additions to allow for a change of use to a tavern at Lot 2051 (Unit 1), Reserve 21263 Fleet Street, Fremantle as shown on the plan amended plans received 11 July 2016, for the following reason(s):

The WAPC’s reason(s) for refusal are:

  1. The proposed application does not comply with the requirements of the Clause 30 of the Metropolitan Region Scheme as it is inconsistent with the purpose for which the land is reserved under the scheme, inconsistent with the orderly and proper planning of the locality and does not allow the preservation of amenities in the locality.
  2. Approval to the application would set an undesirable precedent for the development of other Parks and Recreation Reserves which would undermine the objectives and requirements of the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

Members discussed the Officer’s report and considered the deputations and presentations. It was noted there were a number of reasons for refusal outlined in the Officer’s report which needed to be included in the recommendation to provide further clarity. This includes, noncompliance with development control policies and the City of Fremantle’s local planning policies. The revised recommendation for refusal will be circulated out of session for a decision.

Resolved

Motion to defer

Unanimous agreement by all members

The item relating to Proposed Tavern and Ticketed Live Music Events Venue as detailed in the report dated 12 August 2016, be deferred for out of session consideration with a revised refused recommendation with additional reasons for recommendation.

There is one avenue left now for Sunset Events to try to get approval and that is the State Administrative Tribunal.

Roel Loopers

 

J SHED TAVERN APPLICATION AT WA PLANNING COMMISSION

Posted in arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on August 23, 2016

Today is an important day for historic Arthur Head and Fremantle, with Sunset Events trying to get planning approval from the WA Planning Commission for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 outdoor live music venue at J Shed on Bathers Beach.

The development application was rejected by Fremantle Council, but the Sunset Events directors did not want to take no for an answer from our local government and community representatives, although they are very aware of the community opposition to the tavern.

Fremantle Ports, FICRA, heritage organisations, neighbours, Roundhouse volunteer guides, J Shed artists, etc. have all loudly voiced their opposition to the plans and even more so since the trial period last summer showed what negative impact a tavern and live music venue would have on tourism at Arthur Head and the lifestyle of inner city residents and businesses.

The WAPC ruling won’t be due till the end of the week, so stay tuned!

Roel Loopers

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