City of Fremantle approves J-Shed proposal amendments

An artist’s impression of Sunset Events’ new venue proposal for Arthur Head.
An artist’s impression of Sunset Events’ new venue proposal for Arthur Head.

AMENDMENTS to the lease for Sunset Events at the J-Shed were approved by City of Fremantle at last night’s council meeting.

The proposal, which passed 7-2, will reduce the patron capacity to a maximum of 300 and reduce the size of the lease by 40 per cent.

Once planning and liquor licence approval have been accepted the development must start construction within 12 months or the lease will be terminated.

Residents raised their concerns about the lease being approved during public question time.

An inner city resident said community groups had strongly opposed the development for the past five years.

“There is no identified community need for such a project,” he said.

“It’s against the City’s own planning policy, it’s a class-A reserve.”

Many councillors voiced their frustrations with the delay of the project.

Councillor Jeff McDonaldsaid the lease was frustrated and “it’s an A-class reserve, it’s not appropriate”.

Cr Hannah Fitzhardingeresponded “Rottnest is also an A-class reserve and taverns are still on the island”.

The original proposal was amended to decrease the waiting time for the construction to begin from 24 months to 12 months because of concerns the process would drag on.

The next stage is for Sunset Events to sign the revised lease and refresh their development application for consideration by council and WA Planning Commission.

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