BRING out the tonic and limes – the City of Fremantle planning committee has given its approval to boutique gin distillery the Republic of Fremantle.
A Packenham Street building will be internally converted to manufacture gin on site, operate distillery tours and gin-making classes as well as have a restaurant, bar, lounge and function area.
It will have a capacity of 350 patrons.
Republic of Fremantle partner and Fremantle local Jason Townes said it had taken about three years to get to this point.
“This concept hasn’t been done in West Australia,” he said.
“There have been examples of distilleries in venues but this will be completely integrated with a craft still inside the venue.
“We plan on running making your own gin experiences where you can make your own gin from your own recipe, as well as master classes in mixology.”
Mr Townes said he hoped the venue would be a place for Fremantle locals and visitors.
“I really want locals to feel that they have some ownership over the venue,” he said.
“We hope it will add to Fremantle as one of the exciting things to do.”
He thanked the City of Fremantle and the inner city residents association for their support.
Four submissions were received when the proposal was advertised for comment, raising issues of the tavern not being an appropriate use, fumes and noise from the site, parking and anti-social behaviour management.
The venue will now apply for a liquor license. It hopes to be distilling gin by the end of the year.