Fremantle Logic



Fremantle council logic , needs a lot of twisting and spin to get the desired effect.

Recently on the city’s website was posted a community engagement notice for 12 Parry Street, Fremantle – DAP005/15

So while I don’t think the size of the place is bad or it’s too big you really have to wonder how the city will justify supporting a microbrewery in a location like this.

It’s clear the current council shredded its own alcohol policy just months after they adopted it by then voting for J-shed another micro-brewery with a capacity of 1500+.

The location of Parry St  for a micro-brewery could possibly not be much worse from a community point.

  • A church almost directly across the road from it.
  • A high school  CBC just round the corner
  • St Pats Community Support Centre just south of it
  • St Pats Primary School
  • Kids sporting fields just behind and along side.

All we are really missing is a kindie close at hand. Not so long ago the Fremantle youth Services centre was only metres away.

So if anyone’s wants to comment the 12 parry st at the top of the page is a link and the in blue alcohol policy has a link to the COF webpage to read the policy if you feel the need for some fiction reading.

What the hell this is short post here is the guts of policy for you to laugh at, well to be fair the policy is quite good, it’s just not followed which begs to ask why write if you are not going to use it. Again I get back to the box ticking exercise it was, it looks good, sounds good and for fills a great community feel good exercise, until people realize they don’t actually follow it, it’s just for show.

For info here are a few principles endorsed by the COF councillors from the meeting where they passed the SG50, funnily the same meeting they accepted the J-shed lease, classic. What a group of hypocrites, importantly it was not a unanimous decision.

The City (pg.95) is committed to encouraging a more responsible drinking culture and will consider health promotion strategies to initiate behavioural change;

  • The City supports restaurant and small bar licence categories as the type of low risk licensed venues that best compliment the City’s desired character and identity for Fremantle;
  • A general presumption in favour of alcohol-free events, attractions and other cultural, arts and recreation activities; and consideration of incentives for applicants;
  • Consideration of support for licensed premises where alcohol consumption is not the primary activity and is ancillary to other compatible uses carried out on site; and
  • Consideration of support for small, temporary, ‘pop up’ venues in the City centre zone that serve to activate underutilised areas or spaces, compliment surrounding land uses and display a commitment to responsible service of alcohol and harm minimization principles;
  • A general presumption in favour of development of small bars;
  • The City providing assistance to small bar applicants in the preparation of a public interest assessment report (PIAR) as part of their liquor licence application; • A general presumption against large or high risk licensed premises in the City centre trading past 1am and a general presumption against licensed premises outside of the City centre trading past 12am;”

How does J-shed for fill the councils commits above or policy below, then apply both to the new Parry st development as well? Reading the above comments from council, you would think we were living in a different city?

Looking forward to reading their comment to the RGL on point 6.

Alcohol management Reference Number: SG50


The objective of this policy is to provide for an integrated and holistic response to the management of alcohol related issues within the City of Fremantle.


The City of Fremantle considers that an integrated and population wide approach is necessary to improve attitudes toward alcohol consumption. The City 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. To achieve its objectives, the City of Fremantle will –

1. Provide appropriate services and infrastructure to support the needs of the community in relation to the management of alcohol related issues; 2. Develop, promote and support a variety of events and activities where alcohol consumption is not the primary focus of activity including art and cultural programs, retail trading and recreational infrastructure;

3. Encourage a responsible drinking culture through the use of health promotion strategies to initiate behavioural change and reduce the normalisation of alcohol consumption in the minds of children and teenagers ;

4. Promote an appropriate mix of land use consistent with the objectives of the City’s strategic plan and Local Planning Scheme No. 4 and to minimise the impacts of the operation of licensed venues on surrounding areas;

5. Ensure thorough and integrated determination of liquor licence applications through the application of appropriate criteria having regard to the objectives of the City’s SG50 version 1 Page 2 of 2 Once printed this document becomes uncontrolled. Refer to electronic copy for controlled copy. Strategic Plan, Local Planning Scheme No. 4, other relevant City policies and applicable statutory requirements;

6. Provide appropriate comment to the Director of Liquor Licensing in regard to liquor licence applications as per the provisions of the Liquor Control Act 1988;

7. Promote a responsible approach to alcohol consumption at events supported and organised by the City and at venues it owns or manages.

8. Establish and expand partnerships with relevant stakeholders including community groups to improve attitudes toward alcohol consumption and reduce the prevalence of alcohol related harm within the community;

9. Consult and engage with the community regarding alcohol related issues and ensure an appropriate response to alcohol related concerns and complaints.



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  1. Nicolas Gurr says:

    The aforementioned comments typify this Councils seeming incapacity to connect whatever they propose from one month to the next!!! Contradictions galore seems to be the ‘order’ of this lot!!!

    • Mark says:

      Nic i remember a few months back in one council meeting they approved a cafe/restaurant to be built west of Hampton Rd, out of containers, the next meeting they agreed to make traffic conditions on Hampton Rd impossible for a container truck to travel on it , some councillors calling to have these trucks banned. Wheres the common sense not to mention west of hampton rd is fishing boat harbour. How would that precinct survive without trucks?

  2. Chris says:

    You were being sarcastic re the Kindy, right ?

    • Mark says:

      Hi Chris,
      Yes that is sarcasm, as they seem to have all the things your should NOT have close to a licensed premise, I thought all that was missing was a kindie or maybe a daycare.
      I just wonder how the some of our councillors will spin this to justify location having a licensed premises.
      I do have quite a few tongue in cheek comments.

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