City backs J-Shed development plan
EMOTIONS ran high on Wednesday night after Fremantle Council recommended the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) approve the J-Shed development.
The recommendation was narrowly passed, 5-4.
There were more than 25 public questions on the issue, where the majority spoke against the proposal. One member of the public was asked to leave the chambers after swearing at councillors.
Previously, the lease was changed to reduce the patron capacity to a maximum of 300 and reduce the size of the lease by 40 per cent.
An amendment was passed to protect the melaleuca lanceolata trees.
Cr Adin Lang introduced an amendment to limit the number of patrons to 120 people but it was not passed.
Cr Jenny Archibald said she did not support the proposal on Bathers Beach.
“I think there are better ways to use that shed and still activate the space,” she said.
Cr Andrew Sullivan, who supported the J-Shed proposal, said he wanted the public to use the area.
Cr Jeff McDonald, who voted against the proposal, said that from a community and public health perspective the proposal was not necessarily right.
“The area is calm, the area is a benefit to our mental health and well-being,” he said.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said he supported the officers’ recommendation and agreed with councillors that it was a great spot.
“This application covers less than 3 per cent of this reserve; we should work around keeping a special part of Fremantle special,” he said.
The WAPC will make a final decision on the application.