THE former Jolly Frog Restaurant site overlooking Dawesville Channel could be changed from restaurant to tavern use after a City of Mandurah recommendation.
The City has recommended conditional approval to an application for the proposed change.
However, the proposal, advertised to about 200 people within a 300m radius of the site, is not without opposition from some nearby residents whose concerns include noise, anti-social behaviour, parking and security.
The building was originally approved as a restaurant with toilet block and caretakers cottage and in 1996, approval was granted for the café and alfresco addition.
In the last year it was known as The Pines and is now the Cut Tavern Bar and Bistro.
The applicant is not seeking to sell takeaway liquor and has lodged an application for a restricted tavern licence, planning to provide a relaxed and casual atmosphere with volume entertainment focused on allowing normal conversation.
Mayor Rhys Williams said he sympathised with residents but said that as a location for a restaurant/tavern, it provided a prime opportunity.
“I understand their apprehension but it is essentially a restaurant serving alcohol,’’ he said.
“We must continue to send a message that Mandurah is open for business.”
The potential for anti-social and inebriated patrons was recognised, according to a council report, but the number of conditions imposed as harm minimisation measures would ensure the main focus was on food and dining.
The report considered there was plenty of parking available.