No change to policy on pubs and drinking areas: City of Fremantle

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CITY of Fremantle is not considering a policy to have non-drinking areas in pubs.

A statement was released today after several media reports claimed the policy was to be enacted.

At a Fremantle council meeting on December 13 a motion was passed for City staff to prepare a local planning policy in relation to planning applications for hotels and taverns.

Acting Fremantle Mayor Ingrid Waltham said the intention of a draft policy was to provide guidance.

“The intention was to provide guidance on what proportion of a development site should be used for a licensed premises,” she said.

“We want to ensure that when developers put forward a proposal for a site in Fremantle, it’s not just for a pub.

“It also includes a range of other uses like shops, offices and accommodation, that way we make sure Fremantle offers a diverse mix of attraction.”

Staff will prepare the draft policy and when completed it will go back to council for further discussion.