Historians, artists and many locals are upset about the proposed 1500 capacity concert venue and 850 capacity tavern, craft brewery, cafe and gallery space development at Arthur’s Head Reserve in Fremantle, one of Western Australia’s most important heritage sites.
FICRA (Fremantle Inner City Residents Association) have pointed out their objections to the development and are asking people who may also be concerned to contact the City of Fremantle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and have their say.
According to “AWARD-WINNING author JOHN DOWSON, a former president of the Fremantle Society, takes aim at the council and its plans for the nationally significant Arthur Head. The long-time West End resident, a former deputy mayor, says the current council is immature and causing “breath-taking” damage.” see article on-line and below;
Some feel that the proposed venue is too large, calling it a “big booze barn”and Fremantle already serious alcohol related anti-social behaviour problems. Many would rather see small bars and more boutique venues that would be more appropriate for this important historical site that is so close to residents.
It must be kept in mind that the City of Fremantle is also promoting greater density with more high-rise apartment buildings planned for the centre. It is hard to imagine how the noise from a large concert venue like this wouldn’t be a problem for residents?
With thousands of extra residents and venue goers, parking is likely to be a major headache too? Try parking in Fremantle in summer as it is?