City backs J-Shed devel­op­ment plan

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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