Residents fear beer barn near beach

Hosted by the City of Fremantle and proponent Sunset Events, the meeting was an opportunity for residents to raise their concerns about plans for a bar on the beach next to the existing J Shed.

Sunset Events spokesman David Chitty said since the initial expression of interest in the site, the proposal had been downsized to allow public access to the beach from the port.

It had also been changed to ensure J Shed artists retained access and had a turning circle for their vehicles.

‘We completely get how important art is in Fremantle,’ he said.

But stakeholders remained concerned with fears raised about anti-social behaviour, noise impacts and the services provided at Bathers Beach such as lack of bins, public toilets, lights and signage.

‘There’s a concern in the community that council goes through engagement process after its made its mind up rather than before,’ one resident said.

Another said Fremantle people wanted ‘civilised’ licensed venues, not beer barns.

‘We can do all the things you are looking for in a well managed venue and it will be civilised,’ Mr Chitty said.

‘We are proposing something we believe is appropriate to attract people to the area.

The proposal is for a bar licensed for 850 people.

Sunset Events would propose 12 ticketed events a year, for which an extraordinary licence would be sought to admit 1500 people.