Restoration of East Fremantle’s Royal George Hotel on the table


The Royal George in East Fremantle currently.
The Royal George in East Fremantle currently.

EAST Fremantle residents were among hundreds who had a first look at the proposed development and restoration of the Royal George Hotel.

The heritage-listed building would include re-opening the bar, restaurant and function rooms, a distillery or urban winery and residential apartments.

The Stirling Highway underpass would also be redesigned with the intention of creating a community space.

Community consultation took place over three days and architect Michael Patronisaid the consultation went really well, but was quite intense.

“Around 800 people came and we received varied responses,” he said.

“As I would have expected some people weren’t into it, but I would say the majority of people I spoke to were positive about the proposal.

“We are still waiting on the actual analysis of the forms which will give us the full data.

“One hundred per cent of the people loved the idea of the building being reactivated and restored.

“If not 100 per cent of people or very close to were in favour of the improvement to the end of George Street to the underpass.”

Mr Patroni said opinions were divided about the apartment high rise, which is proposed to include at least 40 apartments.

“I don’t think the concept of building on the rear infill was a problem, some people thought it was too high,” he said.

“The other major issues was carparking, everyone was in favour of the heritage building but were not in favour of extra carparking for visitors that come from it.

“It’s hard to say what changes we could make without seeing what all the comments are but we have a long journey in front of us.”

Mr Patroni said the next steps would include looking through the feed back and liaising with Town of East Fremantle.

“As I understand it the Town have their draft scheme amendment that they are looking at and we have a draft proposal,” he said.

“I imagine there will be a coming together and looking at this data, there may be a direction forward that may be bi-lateral.

“This process was to get temperature of the community in response to this proposal.”

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