For those of you that just can’t get enough of what goes on at the Freo Council and couldn’t join us for the over fours hours of meeting on Wednesday night, below is a summarised version of key aspects of the meeting of council. Thank to the council team for pulling this together.
The full agenda and minutes of this and previous meetings can be found in the agendas and minutes section of the City’s website.
J Shed lease agreement deferred
Council has deferred a decision to grant a lease to Sunset Events for Unit 1, J Shed, Arthur Head. The proposal will now go back to the City’s Strategic and General Services committee who will initiate a formal community consultation program.
Sunset Events’ expression of interest is for a lease on J Shed and a portion of the grassed area on the western side of J Shed in Fremantle’s historical but underutilised Arthur Head precinct.
Ideas in the proposal included:
- weekend art and craft (flea) markets with a focus on Fremantle artists
- art exhibitions and a dedicated space for rotating artists in residence
- free wifi to attract students and public for lunch and during the daytime
- laid back live music and ticketed events for profile musicians from across Australia and overseas as well as free performances by local artists
- infrastructure for beach goers to hang their towel or secure their pet and purchase a meal and/or refreshment
- inexpensive and laid back food and beverage options and pop up stalls including artisan food vendors during main events and busier periods
- a craft brewery operation where Sunset will brew their own beers off-site and transfer the beer into vats on-site. (Sunset is proposing to apply for a tavern licence to the capacity of 1 500 people).
The aim of the proposal is to attract more people to the area with a business operation that will allow up to 1 000 patrons to attend during busy periods. Sunset Events would also investigate the opportunity to operate 10 to 15 ticketed events during the warmer months.
It was determined by council that the City would advertise the opportunity to lease the area via a competitive tender process, with a bar/café/gallery as the major attraction for the Arthur Head area. It was also stipulated that there be a space within the leased premises where precinct artists could exhibit their work.
After an expression of interest process which concluded in May 2013, Sunset Events was shortlisted to enter negotiations for this lease. Sunset Events is a well known Western Australian company which started as an outdoor cinema in Kings Park but moved into live music and large music festivals. Here is an artist’s impression of Sunset Events proposal for J Shed.
Fremantle ‘parklet’ policy adopted
Council has adopted a parklet policy as a way of enhancing the amenity of the city and to encourage temporary, well designed and functional parklets in public spaces.
The policy will guide the approval process for new parklets which by definition are small
urban parks or
plazas created by building
a platform level
with the sidewalk. Parklets extend the sidewalk for the length of the parklet and can include elements such as benches, tables and chairs, trees, greenery, umbrellas, bike
racks, art and other
elements that reflect the unique character of the neighbourhood. They can also be used for alfresco dining.
In April 2013, council passed a resolution that requested officers prepare a draft policy on the location and installation of parklets for further consideration. The resolution included 14 principles upon which to base the draft policy. These principles included guidance on location, function and public availability as well as addressing loss of parking spaces, public liability insurance and safety and ease of removal.
Building additional dwellings becomes easier in Fremantle
Council has adopted Scheme Amendment 50 – Additional Dwellings, which will give the City discretionary power to grant planning approval for an additional dwelling on a single house lot, despite the minimum site area requirements of the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes).
The provisions will apply to residential land with separate, dedicated frontage to more than one public road, except for corner lots. The amendment has been designed to facilitate development of additional dwellings to activate inactive road frontages, such as rear access laneways.
The City is supportive of providing the opportunity for small housing within established areas as a direct response to declining household sizes and less affordable housing in the Perth metropolitan area. The amendment will provide opportunities to develop new dwellings that address otherwise underutilised street frontages.
The scheme amendment was initiated by Council in June 2013 for public consultation, which took place from 20 August to 4 October 2013. A total of 11 submissions were received, seven of which were supportive, or raised a minor modification to the proposed amendment, while four submissions objected to the proposed amendment.
The amendment will now be sent to the Minister for Planning for final approval.
Council adopts alcohol management policy
Council has adopted an alcohol management policy to provide an integrated and holistic response to the management of alcohol related issues within the City of Fremantle.
The City considers an integrated and population-wide approach is necessary to improve attitudes toward alcohol consumption. It also recognises its capacity as a local government to foster a healthy and responsible drinking culture and to implement a range of strategies to minimise the incidence of alcohol related harm in the community.
Some of the key guidelines the City of Fremantle has adopted includes:
- providing appropriate services and infrastructure to support the needs of the community to manage alcohol related issues
- developing, promote and support a variety of events and activities where alcohol consumption is not the primary focus of activity
- encouraging a responsible drinking culture through the use of health promotion strategies to initiate behavioural change
- promoting an appropriate mix of land use (within existing planning guidelines) to minimise impacts of licensed venues on surrounding areas
- providing comment to the Director of Liquor Licensing in regard to liquor licence applications
- promoting a responsible approach to alcohol consumption at events supported and organised by the City and at venues it owns or manages.
- establishing and expanding partnerships with relevant stakeholders including community groups, to improve attitudes toward alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol related harm within the community
- consulting and engaging with the community regarding alcohol related issues and ensure an appropriate response to alcohol related concerns and complaints.
In August this year, council resolved to adopt a number of planning and non-planning related principles to guide the development of future alcohol policies.
Its first action in relation to this resolution has been to develop an overarching alcohol management policy that embodies the principles agreed to by Council in august.
The City acknowledges that local government is not solely responsible for the management of alcohol related issues within the community, but it can positively support a responsible drinking culture through a range of holistic mechanisms such as land use planning and night time economy management and the delivery of ‘grass roots’ local government services such street lighting, graffiti removal and event planning.
The City has already implemented a number of strategic initiatives in relation to alcohol management including
- a submission to the Liquor Control Act Reform Committee in February 2013 advocating for greater flexibility in liquor licensing
- the development of a draft public interest assessment template to assist small bar applicants
- the development of a local alcohol profile in collaboration with the South Metropolitan Public Health Unit.
The City is also in the process of developing an alcohol management ‘action plan’ to aid in the implementation of the City’s alcohol management policy.
Esplanade to become dog-off-leash area from 5.00 am to 8.00 am daily
Council has approved a new local law which will see the Fremantle Esplanade Reserve becoming a dog-off-leash exercise zone from 5.00 am to 8.00 am daily.
The City will now provide notice to the Minister for Local Government of the intention to amend the Local Law and will publicly advertise the new law.
A report on the impact of the area being a dog off leash area will be brought back to council after a trial period of twelve months.
On 2 December 2012, city ward councillors were sent a request asking that council consider making the Esplanade Reserve a dog off-leash exercise area from midnight to 9.00 am.
The Strategic and General Services Committee considered this request in May 2013 and recommended council support a public consultation period to receive community feedback but with an amendment to the hours being considered. The amendment was for a 5.00 am to 9.00 am daily provision. This recommendation was supported by council at the May 2013 ordinary meeting.
During the community consultation phase the City received 64 submissions, 25 for and 39 against the proposal. A petition of support with 19 signatures was also received during the public consultation period from the Friends of Stevens Street Reserve.
A final decision was made to reduce the hours of operation from 5.00 am to 8.00 am to ,minimise any potential impact on other Esplanade user groups.