A NEW coalition of groups has formed to try and derail Sunset Events’ proposed tavern at Arthur Head.
On Wednesday evening about 25 representatives from the Noongar Whadjuk Wirlomen, Fremantle Inner City Residents Association, BID, J-Shed artists, mental health professionals and concerned residents met to plan their campaign.
They’ve got until this Wednesday before Sunset’s development application comes before Fremantle council, although the WA Planning Commission has final say.
Meeting organiser Ravi Martin told the gathering Arthur Head was supposed to be an arts enclave, yet there was little evidence of how Sunset would help promote this aim.
Mr Martin said the area was also significant to Aboriginal people as the last sight of the mainland many of their ancestors had before being incarcerated at Rottnest Island.
He said current low-key concerts and shows at Sunsets’ unit were popular and commendable, but he believes people are being lulled into thinking that’s what will continue if the tavern is approved.
A smoking ceremony will be held at the sheds today (Saturday May 19) at 2pm.
“It’s an opportunity for all members of the community to come together and become more aware, and to hear more about this amazing area,” Mr Martin said.
by STEVE GRANT