Tavern knocked back again

• Artist’s impression of Sunset Events’ scaled-back proposal for J Shed in 2017.

A PROPOSED tavern at Arthur Head has been knocked back for the second time by the WA Planning Commission.

Events promoter Sunset Events had scaled back its proposed tavern to 300 patrons and dropped live music concerts in an effort to get the long-delayed proposal through.

But the WAPC’s statutory planning committee found it wasn’t a good fit for a historic reserve.

“The development does not comply … is it is not of a nature and scale 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,” the committee determined.

Sunset’s lease

The Fremantle Inner City Residents Association has opposed the tavern from the outset and greeted the rejection as “wonderful”.

“Obviously we are pretty chuffed, thrilled in fact at the result,” committee member Maryrose Baker wrote to members on Tuesday.

Ms Baker said FICRA would be now looking at the terms of Sunset’s lease to see whether this would spell the end of the tavern.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the rejection was “disappointing” after the reduced tavern proposal got council approval in May. Despite the council originally signing off on a trial of 1500-patron outdoor concerts, he says the council was always wanted a low-key, family venue to link the port with the Bathers Beach precinct.

by STEVE GRANT

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