Today I got a call from a City of Fremantle staff member to let me know about an item that was before the councils SPC this evening.
The call was due to me putting in a comment on the community engagement process in regards to this item. Pretty good service when they call to let you know the item is before council, right, well that’s the Good bit.
The Bad part is that some how the letter we should have received days earlier to let us know about the item before council, seems it was sent out late or not at all.
One person no problems, so I checked with 4 others I knew had put in submissions, none had received Letters to inform them of the meeting but all had received phone calls today to notify them of the meeting. A bit late if you like to plan ahead.
The Ugly is approving putting a large licensed establishment, with a church, a primary school, a high school, and St Pats community centre all in opposing blocks or within 200m.
Whats even weirder is the City of Fremantle is now a finalist MCCusker Centre Action on Alcohol Awards. I must have the wrong idea of the awards was given for, I didn’t think it was for massively increasing drinking in town.
As council recently approved a 1500+ micro-bewery at J-shed, this one now behind the church, the huge drinking areas at the esplanade which are based on alcohol and general not family friendly, we see now the old alcohol accord restrictions disappearing, happy hours are back some pubs 2× in a day.
Maybe the judges just read the city’s alcohol policy and didn’t look or check to see if COF where actually following it or enforcing it. In all the council meeting I have been too, its only a small bar license I can recall them rejecting, the sort of bar their own policy encourages?
Make any sense, no I don’t get it either.
Again they want to have a licensed area for 500 + people and for apartment residences, but “Where’s the parking”?