FREMANTLE council has given its support to Sunset Events’ 300-patron tavern at Arthur Head.
Following a rowdy meeting on Wednesday evening, punctuated by foot-stomping, ejections and a young woman storming out after yelling “fuck you” at mayor Brad Pettitt, the council voted 5-4 in favour of the proposal.
Sunset’s application now goes to the WA planning commission, which has the final say.
The North Fremantle community hall was packed with about 155 people for the meeting, and about 30 speakers made it a marathon question time, with most voicing opposition to the tavern.
Aboriginal activist Herbert Bropho made an impact by attending in part-traditional dress and white body paint. He reiterated concerns about selling alcohol on land considered significant to Aboriginal people.
City ward councillor Adin Lang made a last-ditch bid for the council to scale back the tavern to the 120 patrons suggested when expressions of interest were originally called for.
But he was unable to convince councillors Dave Hume, Hannah Fitzhardinge, Doug Thompson, Andrew Sullivan and mayor Brad Pettitt, who voted in favour of the tavern.
Hilton warder Jeff McDonald, who pondered why Sunset didn’t have to comply with the parking requirements of other similar proposals outside the A-class reserve, was joined by Jenny Archibald, Bryn Jones and Cr Lang in voting against it.
by STEVE GRANT