Fremantle council dismisses funds for Fly by Night liquidator

The old Fly By Night Club.
The old Fly By Night Club.

A MOTION to fund a liquidator for the Fly by Night Club has been dismissed by Fremantle Council.

The motion was brought forward by councillor Sam Wainwright to contribute $7500 from the sponsorship budget for the security of the liquidator appointed to the Fly.

Councillor Dave Hume said he appreciated the sentiment and acknowledged the work of the Fly by Night, but he couldn’t support it.

“In a tight budgetary situation I cannot in good conscience justify spending $7500 in this way when we have other issues which are crying out,” he said.

He went on to say essentially it was a choice between supporting kids playing sport or winding up the Fly by Night, which has had a considerable amount of support and funds from the City.

Cr Wainwright said they should not dismiss the financial assistance.

“We should recognise the unlucky hand dealt to the Fly by Night by no fault of ours,” he said.

“Everything that the Fly brought to our City – culture, people – seeing through that prism, the City contribution is quite small.”

Councillor Adin Lang attempted to make an amendment to lower the amount to $3750 as a comprise but it was lost.

Councillor Bryn Jones, who didn’t support the proposal, said the main reason he wouldn’t support it was because it would set a precedent.

“People need help winding up but people also need help to keep going,” he said.

The motion was narrowly lost with a 5-4 margin.