J Shed: Sunset Events’ plan to hold concerts at venue knocked back by City

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

LARGE concerts will no longer be held at Arthur Head in Sunset Events’ re-imagined proposal for the J Shed.

The organisation was forced to go back to the drawing board after community backlash led to the City of Fremantle knocking back its initial proposal last year.

Last week Sunset Events released a new proposal that it believes is more family friendly. The new venue plan includes a year-round program of exhibitions and cultural events, informal bar and dining facilities, a children’s play area and the option to be used for functions.

Sunset Events managing director David Chitty said the Arthur Head area was a unique place that deserved a unique cultural and culinary offering.

“After significant consultation with the Fremantle Council and various stakeholders, we went back to the drawing board to re-imagine the entire project,” he said.

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“We are now confident that we’ve developed a plan that best fulfils the site’s broad community potential whilst showing respect to this historic and beautiful setting and recognising the vital place of our neighbours in the J Shed precinct.

“The plans for Unit 1 and the surrounding parkland have always been about reconnecting the site with Fremantle and the wider population by developing a suitable culture and culinary offering which both enhances and pays tribute to the site.”

The proposal will go back before the City of Fremantle.