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Approval for Fremantle concert space rejected after trial


Yet another music venue space in Perth will be closed.

Less than a year ago, Sunset Events were approved to trial Fremantle’s Arthur Head as a concert space.

The space is in the J-Shed precinct, directly behind the Roundhouse, WA's oldest building and next to the J-Shed glass warehouse.

The WA Planning Commission approved the trial in November.

After the trial ended in March, Sunset applied for a partial change of use to a Proposed Tavern and Ticketed Live Music Events Venue. The application included building alterations and an increase to the number of concerts and patrons, WAtoday reported.

The City of Fremantle voted to recommend the WAPC refuse the application.

"Community consultation on the temporary activation period and updated proposal revealed dissatisfaction with a range of issues including inadequate provision of promised community events, rubbish, insufficient parking and inconsistency with City planning policies," the City wrote on its website after the vote.

The WAPC reported that it too would recommend refusal for a bar and bigger gigs, that an approval would set an "undesirable precedent for the development of other Parks and Recreation Reserves."

The first season of concerts held at the space, Sunset Sounds, featured performances from Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke, San Cisco, Koi Child and SAFIA.

96FM has contacted Sunset Events for comment.

The J-Shed site is still featured as a concert space on their website.


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