Hotel and tavern policy on hold at Fremantle Council

Fremantle councillors are still working on a hotel and tavern policy.
Fremantle councillors are still working on a hotel and tavern policy.

THE City of Fremantle has deferred its draft hotel and tavern policy after councillors could not a reach a consensus on the issue.

The policy aims to ensure there is a genuine mixed use urban environment around hotels and taverns.

A recent council report said “recent applications have highlighted the importance of considering the appropriateness of these land uses consistently and transparently”.

City ward councillor Rachel Pemberton said she did not think the policy tackled the issue head on and it could discourage businesses from coming to Fremantle.

“If they aren’t sure what they are being asked to do, they may decide it’s too hard and go to Subiaco or Leederville and that really worries me,” she said.

Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham, who supported the policy, said it was important to have a mixture of offerings and not have “wall to wall tattoos or Maccas or big booze barns”.

The policy has been deferred to make its wording clearer.