Port city CBD could become a special entertainment precinct

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THE Fremantle CBD could become a special entertainment precinct if the council gets its way with the State Government progressing “anti-whinge laws”.

The City of Perth is looking to establish Northbridge as a precinct through a local planning scheme amendment to deal with combative noise issues caused by residential encroachment in traditional nightspot areas.

The City of Fremantle is supportive of the proposed reforms to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 and has called on them to be extended to the port city.

The City’s planning officers are preparing a draft submission on the WA Planning Commission position statement and the proposed changes to regulations, which will be considered by the council.

Acting Fremantle Mayor Andrew Sullivan said it was encouraging that the draft reforms had been broadened to apply to local govnernments beyond just the City of Perth.

“When this idea for a special entertainment precinct was first shopped around by the WA Planning Commission last year it was very much focused on Northbridge,” he said.

“In our submission as part of the initial consultation we made the point that Fremantle was, in fact, Perth’s most popular entertainment precinct and that we could benefit from laws like this too.

“There’s a lot of residential development that is either planned, under construction or recently completed so we’re expecting to see a big increase in our city centre population in the next few years.”

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said it was a good idea to capitalise on the area’s vibrant entertainment and nightlife.

“I recognise that once you are beyond the Cappuccino Strip but still within the Fremantle CBD, there are also residences and I think it would be essential that people be consulted on any proposals near them,” she added.