Push for proposed anti whinge laws to include Fremantle

Patrons enjoying live music at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
Patrons enjoying live music at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The City of Fremantle wants anti whinge laws proposed for Northbridge to also be implemented in Fremantle.

The WA Planning Commission released a discussion paper last month, aimed at preventing people who moved next to pubs or nightclubs in Northbridge from then complaining about the noise.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the proposed reforms should include Fremantle.

“A study by Tourism WA last year identified Fremantle as Perth’s most popular entertainment precinct, and a big reason for that is our vibrant nightlife and live music scene,” he said.

“We expect our city centre population to more than double over the next few years.

“It’s important for people to realise when they live in an inner-city area that a little bit of noise goes with the territory.

“Putting the onus for noise mitigation onto the developers of apartments rather than the venues that have been there for years would be a positive step towards protecting the live music venues and creative industries that attract people to Freo in the first place.”

Notifications advising potential residents of entertainment noise would also be included on certificates of title, and noise levels would be assessed from inside an apartment with the doors and windows closed, rather than outside.