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Goldfields' most prominent hotel joins the national backlash.

Kalgoorlie pub challenges midnight lockout

CHRIS THOMSON

Amid a national backlash against hotel lockouts, Kalgoorlie’s most prominent pub has applied to have a ban on patrons entering its premises after midnight done away with.

Proprietors of the pictured Exchange Hotel have asked the state liquor watchdog to remove a midnight lockout that has applied since October 2010 at the venue, on Kalgoorlie’s historic Hannan Street.

Hannan Street has long had a problem with alcohol-fueled violence.

However, in an application to the state liquor licensing director, hotel owner Filigree Holdings Pty Ltd argues the “liquor and hospitality landscape” has changed markedly since October 2010 when the midnight lockout was imposed.

Since then, the nearby De Bernales night club has morphed into a restaurant, Sylvester’s nightclub has closed down, and The Exchange’s Paddy’s Ale House set up as an Irish-themed night club is now a bar-cum-restaurant.

Filigree says there is now only one nightclub operating in the area – the Gold Bar.

If the licensing director does decide to overturn the lockout at The Exchange, patrons will be allowed to enter until 1am on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 2am Wednesdays to Saturdays. The hotel closes at midnight on Sundays.

In 2013, not long after the pub was bought by Leederville-registered Filigree Holdings owned by Kalgoorlie-based accountant Lawson Douglas and property developer David Allan, Filigree successfully applied to have the lockout relaxed for a four-day Diggers and Dealers Conference.

That application also sought approval for adult entertainment, with Filigree arguing The Exchange’s skimpy barmaids were a world famous tourist attraction. The current application argues there were no “incidents” during the usual lockout period.

Lockouts have been implemented at night spots across Western Australia, and are now being trialled or implemented in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

In the eastern states, lockouts are becoming increasingly unpopular with musicians and venue owners who argue they will turn the likes of Kings Cross and Surfers Paradise into big old Dullsvilles.

Photo: ‘Jarrah Tree’, wikimedia commons under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence.

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Grog shop versus boutique distiller in the WA Liquor Commission.

Liquor Barons’ Hippocampus tavern stoush

CHRIS THOMSON

An attempt by a Liquor Barons grog shop to stop a boutique West Perth distillery operating as a tavern has been smashed out of the ballpark.

In early 2014, oneperth.com.au revealed that the boutique Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery was to open as a small-scale wholesaler and liquor-tasting venue at Gordon Street in West Perth, under a producers licence.

Not long after, Hippocampus applied to operate as a tavern catering for a maximum of 50 patrons. The tavern application was eventually granted in May last year.

But in June, the licensee of the adjacent Liquor Barons Perth grog shop, All Night Long Pty Ltd, somewhat ironically appealed the decision to approve the Hippocampus tavern licence.

All Night Long contended the evidence presented by Hippocampus was not compelling and should be given no weight. The grog shop licensee further purported that the Hippocampus tavern application was “motivated by self interest, not the public interest”.

Hippocampus hit back, claiming its tavern was positive for Western Australia’s wine industry, and increased the diversity of licensed premises in West Perth.

WA Liquor Commission member Helen Cogan concluded that Hippocampus’ tavern was is in the public interest, and that any negative impacts were sufficiently outweighed by positive impacts.

Ms Cogan refused All Night Long’s appeal, and Hippocampus lives to distil another day.

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'Mr Scarborough' moves on from his role in drunken quokka shocker.

Wallabies star plans Scarbs beach bar

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Australian rugby international Richard Brown has moved on from his role in the infamous ‘quokka shocker’ incident at a drunken Rottnest Island bonding session a decade ago to launch a beach bar at Scarborough.

Brown, who rose to rugby fame as a foundation player with The Western Force, and played 23 games for The Wallabies, is now a qualified bouncer.

He was pretty handy around the paddock, but played his last Test in 2010 after suffering serious shoulder injuries. He left The Western Force in 2013.

Now Brown is one of three directors of the planned Sunset Boulevard Beach Club, the rocky approval process of which has been progressively revealed by oneperth.com.au.

After being kicked into touch by the City of Stirling and then by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, scaled back plans for the beach bar were thrown back into the planning field of play and approved by the MRA for a 12-month trial.

That was in May last year.

Now Brown, another partner Guy Hodgson, and the brains behind the operation, budding entertainment entrepreneur Robert Redmond, AKA Rob Stoykovski, have lodged a liquor licence application.

The licence application claims Brown, pictured above in his prime, is known locally as “Mr Scarborough”.

Brown and Co. do not mention that, in 2007, the Queensland-bred back-rower was reportedly fined $5000 by The Western Force for mistreating protected quokkas on Rottnest Island during a drunken team bonding session.

At the time, Brown reportedly said he had learned from the quokka shocker and would not make the same mistake again.

The Sunset Boulevard Beach Club is planned for a disused multi-storey car park, pictured, at 1 Manning Street.

Photo of Richard Brown: Cropped from an image by ‘Hamedog’, Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons attribution-sharealike 3.0 unported  licence.

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Victim's head hits brick pavement.

Man charged over Murray Street bar attack

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A man has been charged over an alleged attack on a patron at a Murray Street bar this morning in which the victim’s head hit a brick pavement.

Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said that about 12:20am a man, 23, was with friends walking through the courtyard section of the bar.

Mr Dinnison said another man bumped into the 23-year-old who continued on with his friends.

The second man allegedly punched the 23-year-old to the back of his head causing him to lose consciousness.

The victim fell to the ground hitting his head on a table, and then the brick pavement.

He remained unconscious for a considerable amount of time.

He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he is being treated for head/facial injuries.

Other patrons of the bar chased after the alleged attacker, and with the help of bouncers detained him until police arrived.

A Nollamara man, 21, has been charged with grievous bodily harm.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court (Northbridge sitting) today.

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Momentum builds toward return of gutted Perth landmark.

Beer garden ‘important’ for Guildford Hotel

CHRIS THOMSON

Only its facade will remain much as it was before fire gutted the Guildford Hotel in 2008, but a beer garden is set to return, according to a licence application that demonstrates it’s full steam ahead for a return of the state heritage listed venue.

The application reveals a large al fresco beer garden will coexist alongside several casual indoor drinking and dining areas when the 1883-built hotel rises from the ashes.

The current hotel owners have applied to transfer their existing liquor licence to ESGDJA Pty Ltd, run by Steve Garcia and John Ahern, which operates The George, The Aviary and Wolfe Lane venues in Perth, and The Byrneleigh in Nedlands.

Garcia and Ahern envisage the hotel, pictured here before it burnt down, will be “a home away from home”.

“The Guildford Hotel will be an extension of your own lounge room,” they promise.

“The beer garden will be an important feature of the hotel … and it is envisaged it will be a very popular area for patrons to drink and dine.”

The target market for the resurrected hotel will mainly be local residents, workers and business owners aged 40 and above.

“They will characteristically have disposable income allowing them to treat themselves regularly and, on occasions, friends to a night out,” the application asserts.

Generation Y locals between the ages of 21 and 35 will take a back seat for a change, as the hotel’s secondary market.

“This group of patrons will no longer have to travel to the city,” the application promises.

“Typically this group of patrons will socialise on the weeknights and generally will have a high disposable income for social outings and eating out.”

Tourists, and day trippers from the big smoke, will be a tertiary target market.

Live music is envisaged from 5pm to 11pm on Fridays, 1pm to 4pm and 8pm to 11pm on Saturdays, and of course, for Perth’s quintessential Sunday sesh.

Anyone wishing to comment on the liquor licence application can do so here.

And tell ’em oneperth sent ya.

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And officials don't find her scheme hard to Swallow.

MacTiernan plans a bigger bar

CHRIS THOMSON

Federal Member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan plans to expand her small bar at Maylands and council officials say she should be allowed.

In 2011, oneperth.com.au revealed Ms MacTiernan had been granted a liquor licence to open her Swallow wine bar overlooking the train tracks at Whatley Crescent.

Now her bar manager Meredith Bastian has applied to expand the bar into the adjacent former station master’s house, as pictured.

Swallow bar MaylandsThe station master’s house was built in 1902 and is on the state heritage list. But state heritage office agrees has no problem with Ms MacTiernan’s mooted bar extension because it is planned for the back of the building.

Bayswater city planners have recommended their political masters approve the bar expansion at a council meeting to be held on Tuesday night.

The extension is 24.8 sqm in size.

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Divisive Fremantle bar wants to open 'til midnight six nights a week.

12 concerts a year at J-Shed beach brewery

CHRIS THOMSON

Plans released today for a micro brewery at J-Shed, beside Fremantle‘s Bathers Beach, envisage 12 ticketed concerts a year with up to 1500 patrons.

Since Sunset Venues in 2013/14 won the right to develop J-Shed Fremantle’s vociferous heritage lobby has cried foul that the micro-brewery would be too intense for the backwater which is Bathers Bay.

Local objectors were not quieted any when a pro-heritage local newspaper wrongly reported the venue would be developed to a capacity of 15,000 people.

In a document released to the public today, Sunset, an arm of which runs the annual West Coast Blues and Roots festival, claims larger plans for J Shed have now ben scaled back in line with local expectations.

Still, Sunset envisages it will hire 50 employees, and is planning a $3 million revamp of the state heritage listed shed.

Sunset plans to host low key musical acts year round with a maximum capacity of 400 patrons, or 850 patrons on successful application to Fremantle council.

But, 12 times a year, Sunset wants to host ticketed concerts with a maximum patronage of 1500.

Sunset is proposing opening hours for the J-Shed micro brewery to be 11am to midnight six days a week, and 11am to 10pm on Sundays.

Last month, oneperth.com.au revealed the name and details of another controversial Sunset venue, at Fremantle’s Drill Hall from which the Fly By Night Club was recently evicted.

Have your say on the micro brewery plans here until August 28.

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Australian Liquor and Hospitality Group arcs up over ban on cheap liquor advertising.

Como Dan Murphy’s fights for low price guarantee

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lowest liquor price guarantee’ signs banned from a Dan Murphy’s booze barn recently approved by a state panel for the southern Perth suburb of Como may yet appear on the controversial grog shop.

In April, a Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet was approved by a state assessment panel for the Como Hotel on Canning Highway, after the big bottle shop had initially been refused by the panel and successfully appealed in the powerful State Administrative Tribunal.

A condition on the Dan Murphy’s approval was that the Woolworths-owned ALH Group, which owns the Como Hotel and the Dan Murphy’s chain of alcohol outlets, be banned from advertising a lowest liquor price guarantee.

An identical ban revealed by oneperth.com.au had been successfully slapped on a contentious Dan Murphy’s approved last year on Douro Road in Fremantle.

But now, ALH has arced up, claiming the ban has nothing to do with the South Perth city plan.

When it banned the low price grog advertising, the state panel had reasoned the prohibition would help manage the social impact of the booze barn.

Prior to the approval, objectors had raised concerns about increased consumption and irresponsible consumption of alcohol in the community from the operation of the planned bottle shop.

Now, in recommending that ALH not be allowed to advertise its lowest liquor price guarantee, the City of South Perth says it understands that the panel had originally imposed the ban partially in response to WA Local Government Association guidelines that refer to lower prices increasing consumption leading to crime, traffic accidents and detrimental impacts on drinkers’ health.

The state panel will consider the city’s recommended ban at a meeting on August 13.

Render of Dan Murphy’s, Como by Hames Sharley architects.

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Southwest brewery under 'great pressure from the public', says owner in face of localised opposition.

Moody Cow ‘desperate’ to up patronage

CHRIS THOMSON

The operator of a boutique brewery in the state’s Southwest says he is “desperate” to increase the venue’s maximum patronage from 120 to 200, after four local households succeeded in kyboshing the extra punters earlier this year.

Grant McClintock has been running his Moody Cow brewery on a big block at Dardanup since May 2010. Late in 2013, he managed to lure Australian jazz virtuoso James Morrison to blow his trumpet at the brewery.

However, a decision by the state’s liquor licensing director to approve an increase in patronage from 120 to 200 was overturned by the WA Liquor Commissioner in January. This was after Ferguson Valley locals Tyrell and Jennifer Gardiner, Brian Humphreys, Michael and Irene Bell, and Stephen and Catherine Miller objected to the director’s decision.

Now, in a new liquor licence application, Mr McClintock says he is under “great pressure from the public” to cater for more patrons.

He also says he has “reached a point of desperation” in terms of needing the increase in capacity to meet public demand.

Chairman of the Ferguson Valley Marketing & Promotions Inc., Mick Bennett, who is also Dardanup Shire president, recently wrote to tell Mr McClintock his brewery had doubled tourism to the area.

“You can be proud of the business you have developed in the Valley and my personal belief is that you, and you alone, inclreased the visiopt numbers in the Valley by 100 per cent and all others are the benefactors,” Mr Bennett wrote.

Bunbury mayor Gary Brennan wrote in similarly glowing terms.

“It is a significant drawcard, not just for the ferguson Valley, but for the whole Bunbury region and caters for locals as well as visitors to the region,” Mr Brennan opined.

“Moody Cow brewery is one of the few facilities in our region that offers a truly family friendly atmosphere whilst having very minimal impact on the surrounding environment.”

Objections or letters of support for Moody Cow’s patronage expansion plan must be lodged with the Department of Racing, Gaming & Liquor before September 1.

Moody Cow logo: From the brewery’s liquor licence application.

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Landmark Cottesloe pub wins battle over disgruntled neighbours.

Pub ‘built like megaphone’ gripe dismissed

CHRIS THOMSON

Complaints that a beach club beer garden at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel is too noisy have been dismissed by the state liquor watchdog.

In 2012, oneperth.com.au revealed the pub, that has overlooked the beach since its liquor licence was granted in 1905, was set to convert its beer garden into an outdoor ‘beach club’.

Not long after the so-called Cottesloe Beach Club opened, locals and property owners James and Ida Bennett, Barry McKenna, Gail McLay, David Miller, Fulvio Prainio and Dorothy Sadlier complained the new bar was too noisy.

The state liquor licensing director dismissed the complaint, and Mr and Mrs Bennett, and a Dougal McLay, lodged an appeal.

During the original hearing, the McLays handed the licensing director a report, commissioned by the City of Cottesloe, that concluded that on Saturday, February 2, 2013 and Monday, February 2, 2013 noise from the Beach Club exceeded levels allowed by state noise regulations

Mr McLay said that another report prepared for the Cottesloe Beach Hotel demonstrated the pub was “built like a megaphone”.

However, in a written decision handed down this week, Jim Freemantle, who chairs the Western Australian Liquor Commission, rejected the residents’ appeal.

“In this case, it is particularly relevant that the licensed premises has been operating pursuant to a hotel licence since 1905, and that it has operated an open-air beer garden, which has continuously traded since then, other than in 2010 when it was closed for renovations,” Mr Freemantle noted.

“Obviously, all of the applicants moved into the area after 1905 and therefore must expect a certain amount of necessary noise to emanate from the premises.”

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Liquid overhaul floated for historic Parry Street building.

Brewery plan for Fremantle substation

CHRIS THOMSON

A microbrewery has been submitted for approval as part of a five-floor redevelopment of the defunct SEC electricity substation in Fremantle.

Plans for the microbrewery and a 40-apartment, five-floor block have been lodged by landowner Match Property Group for the site, at 12 Parry Street.

Fremantle microbreweryIf eventually approved, the micro brewery will occupy the back of the art deco substation building, and a restaurant the front. The apartment block will rise behind.

Al fresco dining is proposed for the footpath that verges Parry Street.

Fremantle microbreweryThe state heritage-listed building was erected in 1933. From 1989 to 2008 the building was an energy museum.

An information session will be held on the plans on June 25 between 5.30 and 6.00pm in the City of Fremantle Committee Room on the first floor of the council offices at 8 William Street.

Renders: Cameron Chisholm & Nicol (WA) Pty Ltd

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Shents headed for heritage hall of fame

CHRIS THOMSON

The legendary Shenton Park Hotel, once a gritty rock venue of national standing but now a sanitised retirement village, has been recommended for inclusion in the Subiaco heritage hall of fame.

City of Subiaco heritage officer Sofia Boranga has recommended that the hotel building (pictured) be added to the municipality’s heritage register.

From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, the hotel, colloquially known as The Shents, hosted the Farriss Brothers before they formed the nucleus of INXS.

Influential Perth bands The Triffids, The Scientists, and The Stems also rocked the house.

The Shents, at 203 Nicholson Road, was built in 1907 and called last drinks in 1999.

By that time the once working class inner suburb of Shenton Park had been exposed to the fickle winds of gentrification. And for many of the area’s upper-middle-class blow-ins the Shents became an unwelcome source of noise and rowdy behaviour.

A city committee will debate Ms Boranga’s recommendation on April 9.

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Subiaco Hotel roof bar was unauthorised

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: The licensee of the landmark Subiaco Hotel has been fined $1000 and banned from playing music in a new roof deck bar that was built despite not receiving approval from the state liquor watchdog.

The $1000 penalty and hotel’s non-compliance with the Liquor Control Act were revealed in a decision published today by Brett Snell, a delegate of the state liquor licensing director.

In July, a liquor inspector determined the new bar, mezzanine level and other renovations opened last year, to much fanfare from Perth’s homogeneic band of big media outlets, were unauthorised.

The inspector served the licensee, Ballingarry Pty Ltd, owned by Michael and Judy Monaghan who have operated the hotel since 1971, a $1000 infringement notice that the company paid.

OAM

Mr Monaghan is a former president of both the Australian Hotels Association and WA Hotels Association, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the hospitality industry.

He has served on the boards of the Tourism Council of Western Australia and the Western Australian Tourism Commission.

“However, despite this apparent wealth of knowledge and experience in the liquor industry, as far as I can ascertain, [Ballingarry] has offered up no reason why it undertook the unauthorised alterations to the licensed premises, which is of real concern to me,” Mr Snell noted in his decision.

“Without any relevant explanation, I cannot determine whether this experienced licensee simply made an error of oversight or has knowingly set out on a deliberate course of action in order to achieve the desired alterations, regardless of the law, the interests of the locality or nearby residents.”

IMPEDED LOCAL VOICE

Mr Snell concluded that by undertaking the works before obtaining approval, Ballingarry: “effectively impeded the ability of interested persons from making representations or introducing evidence before the works were undertaken”.

“I have serious concerns over the construction of the roof deck bar and given the unusual circumstances of the application I find it difficult to accept [Ballingarry]’s assertion that a lack of objections by nearby residents [during the council planning phase for the renovations] necessarily equates to a lack of concerns,” he noted.

Renovations to the state heritage listed hotel did not proceed smoothly.

After a planned five-storey overhaul of the hotel was rejected by Subiaco council in 2009, a scaled back revamp was revealed by oneperth.com.au in 2011, and then scaled back again.

CONVOLUTED SUBMISSIONS

Mr Snell expressed concerns that Ballingarry “seemingly ignored,” through “convoluted submissions”, expert evidence in an acoustic report tendered by the company that showed without strict compliance to the report’s recommendations, the roof deck bar would not comply with state noise regulations.

Two of those conditions, opposed by Ballingarry, were that no music be played in the bar, and its doors be closed at all times.

But Mr Snell considered that “the unhindered operations of the roof deck bar will result in ‘unreasonable’ noise emissions being experienced at neighbouring premises and that offence, annoyance, disturbance or inconvenience will be caused to people who reside in the vicinity …”

Accordingly, Mr Snell ordered that the conditions be upheld, two existing speakers in the bar be removed, and a metre-high sound barrier be built around the bar’s balcony.

VERY SERIOUS MATTER

“… the applicant undertook unauthorised works … and effectively extricated itself from the regulatory regime imposed by the Act,” he noted.

“In my view, this is in itself a very serious matter, which is made even more serious by the extensive experience and knowledge of [Ballingarry].

“… it would be the antithesis of the proper development of the liquor industry for the licensing authority to condone unauthorised alterations where those alterations are likely to have a detrimental effect on nearby residents.”

The roof deck bar can hold 70 people for a cocktail party, or 35 diners. The hotel hires the venue out Mondays to Sundays for $200.

The Act imposes a maximum penalty of $10,000 for making any alteration to a licensed premises without the approval of the liquor licensing director.

Photo: Fiona Bradley, flickr

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Champagne breakfast seven days a week

CHRIS THOMSON

A restaurant and bar with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and serving champagne breakfast seven days a week is on the drawing board for City Beach.

A liquor licence application lodged on behalf of owners Fiona and Marcel Slobe reveals ‘Hamptons @ City Beach’ will be the venue’s name, and being a “gastronomic waterfront food and beverage experience with panoramic ocean views” will be its game.

If approved, the venue will open in one of three shiny new buildings now rising at the beach.

Fifty-three questionnaires filled out for inclusion in the licence application have been gushing in their praise of the Slobes’ new venture.

By way of example, Gareth Parker of Wembley says: “It would add to vibrancy, diversity, choice for local people.”

Asked if he would like to “be able to have alochol beverages overlooking the ocean in a safe and well managed location at the proposed Hamptons @ City Beach”, Mr Parker exclaims:

“Yes, that sounds wonderful!”

Open 6am to midnight Mondays to Saturdays, and 10am to 10pm Sundays, Hamptons @ City Beach would serve champagne breakfasts until 10.30am every day.

Fiona Slobe is the daughter of Sonja Gastevich who owns The Royal at Claisebrook Cove, the Kingsley Tavern, and the Currambine, Kingsway, and Bailey bars & bistros.

The licence application states that: “Under Sonja’s guidance, Fiona and Marcel purchased Shenanigan’s Bar and Grill in Morley (Previously Ettamogah Pub’). They ‘cleaned up’ the premises, including the clientele, increased the turnover of the business and sold the business to Dan Murphys.”

Of another one of Sonja’s venues, Mr Parker notes: “The Royal is a terrific venue and similar for City Beach would be ideal”.

Of nearby Clancy’s and The Stanley, Mr Parker, who gets around a bit, opines that: “They are ok, but we would love more options/range of service style”.

Although the Slobes have applied for a tavern licence, they assure the state’s liquor licence director that the venue will not be promoted as a tavern.

The Slobes want to open Hamptons @ City Beach by the middle of 2015.

For his part, Mr Parker wishes the venue: “Good luck” and assures the Slobes that he is “fully supportive!”

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