Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

LET the news­pa­per head­line be ‘Su­bi­aco ends al­fresco din­ing fees’, Mark Burns ap­pealed to his fel­low Su­bi­aco coun­cil­lors at a meet­ing last month.

Cr Burns pre­sented an al­ter­na­tive mo­tion to the plan­ning fees and charges coun­cil rec­om­men­da­tion that out­door din­ing per­mits in the Su­bi­aco CBD be made free.

“I be­lieve $45,000 is ab­so­lutely noth­ing to our bud­get,” he said.

“We all know the at­mos­phere at Juanita’s bar. Imag­ine if we could do that all along Rokeby Road? It is a fan­tas­tic thing.”

But chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the fees for this year had al­ready gone out.

“We would need to set a date for when this would be from, and then ad­ver­tise it for 14 days,” he said.

Cr Stephanie Stroud said the coun­cil should not sup­port Cr Burns’ mo­tion as it “only opened up more is­sues”.

“I sup­port the sug­ges­tion from our CEO to dig deeper into the de­tail and make sure we get it right,” she said.

When Cr Burns’ alternate was lost 6-5 – it needed an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity – coun­cil­lors then unan­i­mously ap­proved a mo­tion that Mr Bur­nett present a re­port to the Jan­uary 2016 coun­cil meet­ing on re­mov­ing the out­door din­ing per­mit fee.

Cr Mur­ray Rowe said he had been push­ing for al­fresco din­ing since 2005.

“A lot of the hos­pi­tal­ity venues would like to be out there, but when it comes to fees… we need to work out how we get on top of it,” he said.

“Even if staff says it will cost $45,000, well maybe we should look at why we spend $100,000 on Christ­mas lights?

“This has just as much vis­ual im­pact, but it is peren­nial.”

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