NEW LIFE FOR DRILL HALL

Canning Times - - OPINION -

MU­SIC will once again fill the Ar­tillery Drill Hall in new plans for the venue’s re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion.

Va­cant for more than two years af­ter the Fly by Night Club moved out, lease­hold­ers Sun­set Events have un­veiled plans to trans­form the 1895-built, her­itage-listed build­ing into the Freo So­cial Hall, of­fer­ing live mu­sic and events, lo­cally made food and drink and a “mu­sic fes­ti­val vibe”.

Sun­set Events man­ag­ing di­rec­tor David Chitty said the Freo So­cial Hall would in­clude a main en­ter­tain­ment room, food and bev­er­ages ar­eas and two al­fresco spa­ces and that it would be a fam­ily-friendly hub which em­braced the venue’s roots.

“Freo has such a great vibe and we know that lo­cals love their live mu­sic and good food and drinks and that’s what the Freo So­cial Hall is all about, bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether in a space that has al­ways been a so­cial hub for the city,” he said.

“We are work­ing closely with Na­tional Trust to pay homage to the beau­ti­ful build­ing by main­tain­ing its her­itage fea­tures while ac­ti­vat­ing new spa­ces to ex­pand the of­fer­ing a cre­ate a truly unique ex­pe­ri­ence.”

He said the venue would cater for up to 800 peo­ple.

Fre­man­tle mayor Brad Pet­titt said the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the build­ing was an im­por­tant project in an area of Fre­man­tle that was un­der­go­ing a lot of change, with the nearby Fre­man­tle Oval and Kings Square precincts also pegged for re­de­vel­op­ment.

The plans have been ap­proved, with pre­lim­i­nary work al­ready un­der­way.

Brad Pet­titt, David Chitty and Na­tional Trust WA’s Kelly Rip­pin­gale.

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