City of Perth’s alfresco fee ‘cheap for a capital city’

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THE City of Perth has slashed alfresco fees down to $40/sq m each year for CBD cafes and restaurants.

Some businesses were forking out up to $3000 before councillors voted on November 21 to shake up the fee in an effort to activate more of the city.

The City loses $217,261 in revenue each year because of the fee change.

Councillor Reece Harley said he would have preferred to see the fees scrapped altogether.

“My heart sank when I saw there would not be an abolition of the fee, but I am happy to cop this one. The reduction is significant and this would make it one of the cheapest for a capital city,” he said.

Removing the fee would have cost the City $355,164 annually.

Businesses will now also be able to prepare and serve alcoholic drinks in the alfresco area.

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