Sunset clause beats petition


The National Trust announced a few hours before Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk was able to table the petition that they would enter into lease negotiations with Sunset Events following the expression of interest period.

Sunset Events will be increasing their presence in Fremantle after also getting the green light for a music venue and microbrewery at Arthurs Head.

A spokeswoman said they planned to activate all the spaces within the drill hall as a way to enhance the foot traffic through the area.

‘We love live music and intend bringing more of it into the venue,’ she said.

‘We will be discussing with the Fly continued use of the venue for its members, as well as offering the space for the club’s fundraising activities.

‘The entire building will be opened for artists-in-residence, community groups and arts organisations who want to utilise the space.

‘We intend for the brick building adjoining the main hall to be open day and night so more people can come in and share and enjoy this amazing space.’

The National Trust granted the Fly by Night an extended lease, which would allow them to finish off their scheduled shows until March 2015.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said a not-for-profit such as the Fly had little chance to match an offer given by a commercial provider.

‘In some ways Sunset’s bid rides off the back of the reputation of the Drill Hall as a great venue, which of course was built over the years by the Fly,’ she said.

‘But the Fly by Night has always been more than just a venue, It’s a community, and I’ll give them whatever support I can to make sure that community continues, whatever building they operate from.’

The Fly by Night board said they would continue to fight to retain the hall.