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Seaside beerfest from Ibiza to a place you'd rather be.

Global Corona beach party slated for Freo

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Beer brand Corona’s only Australian ‘Sunsets’ music festival is set to take place at Fremantle‘s South Beach on January 16.

The beachy beerfest kicked off in Corona’s home country of Mexico on May 2, and continued to the United Kingdom on July 11, to Italy on July 25, and to the Spanish party island of Ibiza yesterday.

Shanghai is next on Corona’s party hitlist, with Perth slated to round out the six-gig extravaganza, as long as Fremantle council says “yes”.

‘ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST SUNSETS’

Corona documents seen by oneperth.com.au claim that South Beach is an “iconic beachside location” with “one of Australia’s best sunsets”.

Corona says Fremantle would benefit from the Sunsets festival by being part of a larger, global tour that targets “iconic beach destinations”.

Perth’s port city would feature in a movie to be made of the Corona Sunsets concert series, and receive “live coverage” on all Corona’s social media channels.

Corona hopes 5000 adult revellers will attend the licensed gig, slated to occur on the turf behind South Beach and on the beach itself. Tickets to the two-stage party would not exceed $90 in price.

“Acoustic-electronic” acts would play alongside “deephouse” DJs and indie and rock acts, with the following artists being targeted:

Corona Sunsets Fremantle Australia

Some kind of “rock ‘n roll star chef” named Andre Amaro would be on hand to cook up a “beach fusion” storm.

“BEER VALUES ALIGNED WITH FREMANTLE VALUES”

In a report to his political masters, Fremantle council’s economic development and marketing manager Tom Griffiths claims: “Corona is an iconic worldwide brand and many of its brand values are aligned with Fremantle’s values”.

For his part, council arts and culture manager Pete Stone has recommended Corona Sunsets be approved when the council meets on August 26.

The event fence would stop three metres shy of the water, allowing Fremantle locals access to the ocean at all times.

Corona Sunsets would run from 2pm to 11pm on Saturday, January 16.

The beach party would be arranged by Sunset Events which is starting to dominate the management of Fremantle’s music scene. The company runs the annual West Coast Blues and Roots Festival, is planning 12 concerts a year at its mooted micro brewery at Bather’s Beach, and wants to open a venue called the Freo Social Hall in the heritage listed building from which the landmark Fly By Night Club was recently evicted.

Pic of entrance to Corona Sunsets, and the target act list: From Corona application document.

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Name and details emerge for controversial new Fremantle venue.

Freo Social Hall ousts Fly By Night

CHRIS THOMSON

A corporate venue called the Freo Social Club will move into the heritage-listed Fremantle building from which the non-profit Fly by Night Club was recently evicted.

The Fly by Night was controversially shunted to nearby Victoria Hall after building owner, the National Trust of WA, granted a 21-year lease to Sunset Events instead.

The owners of Sunset, which runs the annual West Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Fremantle, have applied for a tavern licence for the 95-year-old Artillery Drill Hall building (pictured).

The liquor licence application says the Fly By Night was a victim of its Special Facility (Theatre) Licence, which limited the sale of alcohol to people attending a gig at the venue.

The Sunset owners contend “the public suffered frustration and disappointment due to these licence conditions”.

At their Freo Social Hall, the owners want to operate a concert venue for touring national, international and local acts in the building’s main hall, a la the venue the Fly By Night had operated there for 28 years.

The owners plan to use the building’s smaller hall for smaller acts.

The National Trust and their new tenant plan to give the Drill Hall a $3.5 million overhaul. Sunset’s owners say this will include a new courtyard, and a new deck area beside Queen Street with access to a food truck and an inside kitchen and bar.

Eviction of the Fly By Night prompted some of its patrons and performers to protest, including at Parliament House.

Photo: ‘Gnangarra’, Wikimedia Commons

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Musical ministers at it again

CHRIS THOMSON

Not content with the mundanities of administering their portfolios, the Cabinet ministry of Colin Barnett has hopped back on the pop music bandwagon, this time with their leader at the reins.

In January, oneperth.com.au observed that State Cabinet had unleashed a spate of ministerial media releases incorporating titles of popular songs in their headlines.

In that month alone, ministers Albert Jacob, Helen Morton, John Day and Michael Mischin integrated the titles of no less than seven oldies but goldies into the headlines of media releases. The acts so honoured were Culture Club, Ray Charles, The Ramones, Al Green/Talking Heads, UK Squeeze, Elvis Costello, and Def Leppard.

Now, the musical ministers are at it again, with Mr Jacob and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today issuing a release titled: ‘Who let the dogs out in the Pilbara’, a reference to the Year 2000 canine-inspired ditty of one-hit-wonders Baha Men.

COL JOY

oneperth.com.au can also confirm that Mr Barnett has decided to join the musical release lineup for the first time.

Entering the charts with a bullet on February 16, but sharing the limelight with subordinates Kim Hames and Mia Davies, the State Premier and his two backing vocalists issued a release titled: ‘We are the champions … and we’re coming to Perth‘.

An obvious homage to Queen and the late, great Freddie Mercury, that release was followed up on May 23 with the more obscure ‘Heaven’s best on display at Astrofest 2015‘, probably an allusion to the song ‘Heaven’s Best’ by New York soul momma Kelly Price.

Mr Barnett reinforced his chart success in a joint release with Dr Hames titled ‘New kids on the block‘.

SIX OF THE BEST

Refusing to let his boss hog the limelight, Attorney General Mischin, who figured prominently in the January musical ministerial releases, has six (count ’em, six) entries this time ’round.

The first, ‘WA searches for a lawyer with a heart of gold’ would have long-haired hippy troubadour Neil Young turning in his grave if he were dead.

Bachman Turner Overdrive might be marginally more satisfied with Mr Mischin’s ‘Taking care of business made easier for WA firms’.

The Attorney-General’s third release, ‘Accolades for those who fight for your rights’, was a veiled reference to a worldwide hit by Brooklyn rap trio the Beastie Boys.

Fourth was Mr Mischin’s May 11 release ‘Law award winner is pretty fly (for a legal eye)’, in the mode of 1990s pop-punks Prodigy.

Fifth for Mr Mischin was ‘Return to sender operation thwarts scammers’, featuring the title of a signature tune by no less than The King, Elvis Aaron Presley.

Rounding out Mr Mischin’s contribution to the press release pop charts was the Billy Idol-inspired ‘Rise in white weddings at WA’s registry office’.

MUSICAL RIVALS

But, just as Blur pipped Oasis for Britpop honours in the late 1990s, Mr Mischin was pipped by Dr Hames who, with the help of a few sneaky duets, has managed a remarkable seven musical media releases since February 1.

On February 27, he and Ms Davies released a duet titled ‘Howzat! Game on for World Cup innings’, in memory of Aussie pop gods Sherbet.

Dr Hames’ solo effort, ‘Needles and wins: Mums urged to vaccinate’, refers to ‘Needles and pins’ which has been recorded by virtually every pop star ever to grip a mic.

Channeling Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mr Hames on April 2 noted that ‘Freo streets come alive to the sound of music’.

With Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who charted for the first time, Dr Hames also released ‘Kimberley to shine bright like a diamond’ (which rips a line from a Rihanna song), and ‘Money, money, money for regional events’ (ABBA).

Last, and probably least, in the duo’s discography is ‘Taste of honey and red, red wine in WA’s south’ – a double-bunger tribute to The Beatles and Neil Diamond/UB40.

Dr Hames’ solo release ‘Higher and higher – awards finalists announced’ is probably a reference to Jackie Wilson’s ‘(Your love keeps lifting me) higher and higher’.

Trumpet pic: http://solstock.deviantart.com

ENDS

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Barnett ministry a funky bunch

‘CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: The new year has ushered in a raft of media releases from Western Australian Cabinet ministers inspired by the senior politicians’ latest memories of pop music’s greatest hits.

‘ALL I GET IS BITTER AND A NASTY LITTLE RASH’

Today, in an homage to New Wave outfit Squeeze, environment minister Albert Jacob issued a release titled: World-first poison bait not so cool for cats.

In 1979, Squeeze, or UK Squeeze as they were then known in Australia, had a Top 10 hit in the antipodes with their single Cool for Cats.

‘I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU LIKE I DO’

Mr Jacob’s press release is moving up the oneperth.com.au charts with a bullet.

It arrives hot on the heels of planning minister John Day’s chart-topping release of yesterday titled: Take me to the river … and the stadium.

That puff piece invokes the title of a soul hit by the Reverend Al Green notably covered by Talking Heads on their stunning second album More Songs about Buildings and Food. The album has long been an inspiration for oneperth.com.au which on slow news days rallies to the catchcry: ‘more yarns about buildings and food‘.

But oneperth.com.au digresses.

‘EVERY DAY IS LIKE SURVIVAL’

Next on the Barnett Government hit list is Eco-design means a Karma chameleon for Rottnest, again from the label of jumpin’ John Day.

That release owes its inspiration to a swingin’ little ditty you might remember by 1980s gender bender Boy George and his band Culture Club.

‘THERE WAS A CHECKPOINT CHARLIE’

Rounding out the Government Media Office Top 5 for January is a double-barrelled headline from Attorney General Michael Mischin titled: Hit the road jack, Oliver’s army is here to stay.

The first half of the headline is lifted from the title of a Ray Charles hit that needs no introduction.

The second half comes with apologies to Elvis Costello whose Oliver’s Army achieved minor chart success in Australia but spent four weeks at Number 2 in the UK singles chart in 1979.

‘DO YOU TELL LIES AND SAY THAT IT’S FOREVER?’

But wait, yes, there’s more.

Also in State Cabinet’s bargain box of hard rock headlines is Love bites, love bleeds $11m from West Aussies, a doff of Mr Mischin’s legal wig to a 1987 power ballad by big-haired English rockers Def Leppard.

‘THEY’RE FORMING IN A STRAIGHT LINE’

And no wrap-up of this month’s media release hit parade would be complete without Disability Services minister Helen Morton’s Hey ho, let’s grow inclusive communities! adapted from an anthemic line of Blitzkreig Bop by New York punk pioneers The Ramones.

Premier Barnett is yet to jump on the rock bandwagon with a music release of his own.

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UWA’s first blind music ed grad

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When Claire McGlew graduates as a music teacher from the University of Western Australia on April 1 she will be the first blind person to do so.

And her guide dog, Swanee, will be right beside her when she does because he has been with her throughout her studies at UWA.

Ms McGlew, who grew up in Dandaragan, has 10 per cent vision but this has not stopped her from completing a Bachelor of Music Education.

Ms McGlew set out to become a classical singer.

“But I went to the National Braille Music Camp when I was in second year at UWA and got to teach some children, which made me realise that I wanted to teach,” she said.

“I understand that kids don’t like sitting down and being quiet, because I’m the same.”

Ms McGlew started playing the piano when she was five and has since taken up the viola, saxophone and bass guitar.

UWA Associate Professor in Music Education, Nicholas Bannan, was Ms McGlew’s supervisor and took her into the university’s Winthrop Singers group, of which he is director.

“I’d never had a student with Claire’s needs before, so all of us – Claire, me, the other music staff and the UniAccess staff – were all working in ways that were new to us,” Associate Professor Bannan said.

“We had to work out methods of teaching that would be fair to Claire and to the other students.”

Ms McGlew travelled to Beijing and around WA with the Winthrop Singers.

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Would Bon Scott have supported the Dockers?

CHRIS THOMSON

SEPTEMBER 27 UPDATE: Ahead of the Fremantle Dockers’ maiden appearance in the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, the Bon Scott statue at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour had today been decked out in a Dockers jersey and scarf.

This prompted Fremantle founded, owned and operated oneperth.com.au to ask: Would the port city’s most famous son have been a Dockers fan if he had lived to see their first AFL grand final?

The former AC/DC front man died in 1980 of alcohol poisoning, according to his death certificate.

Bon Scott statueScott spent his formative years in the home his family bought at Harvest Road in North Fremantle, and attended John Curtin High School in Fremantle.

His first Perth home, after the family spent three years in Melbourne after immigrating from Scotland, was a temporary rental property in South Fremantle that the family occupied in 1956.

The Dockers have adopted an AC/DC song, ‘T.N.T.’, as an unofficial anthem.

Former Fremantle coach Chris Connolly once suggested that if the late, great Scott were alive, Scott would have been the Number 1 ticket-holder at the Dockers.

And Connolly may not be too far wrong, according to the head of Bon Scott Fans WA, Doug Thorncroft.

“I reckon that being from Fremantle, Bon would have been a Dockers supporter if he was alive today,” Mr Thorncroft said.

“But he was actually a Footscray supporter.”

Pressed on why the late, great Scott might have been a dishlickers’ fan, Thorncroft, could only speculate.

“You will possibly find it was a case of when you grow up you tend to follow whatever team is going well at the time,” he said.

The only time Footscray won a VFL Grand Final in Scott’s lifetime was in 1954, when 1946-born Scott was eight years old.

Mr Thorncroft, who enlisted Connolly’s support to get the Scott statue erected near Fremantle Boat Harbour in 2008, was not perturbed by the purple adornment.

“It’s to be expected that they’ve done that and I said to my wife the other day that they should have done that by now,” he said.

Mr Thorncroft, a Hawthorn fan, said that if the Hawks beat Freo on Saturday he’d be heading down to the boat harbour on Sunday with a brown and gold jersey to set the record straight.

Sean Gorman, an avid Fremantle fan, and senior research fellow at Curtin University’s Faculty of Humanities, agreed that Scott would have followed the Dockers.

Dr Gorman – who has written books about Australian football – reminded oneperth.com.au that the AC/DC song “Highway to Hell” was inspired by Canning Highway – one of the main gateways to the City of Fremantle.

Mr Thorncroft runs a two-hour ‘Highway to Hell’ limo’ tour which takes in Bon Scott landmarks, including Scott’s final resting place – Fremantle Cemetery.

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‘And now you’re back from outer space’

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Murdoch University researchers have directed their subjects to sing a karaoke version of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive for a full five minutes to embarrass them into blushing.

Study leader Peter Drummond said some people are particularly frightened of blushing because they think that people who notice the blush will think less of them.

“This can make them even more anxious and make them blush even more,” Professor Drummond said.

“For some, this fear is so extreme that they avoid social encounters and sometimes even seek surgery to reduce the rush of blood to the cheeks.”

During the study, 30 adults were connected to special equipment to measure blood flow in the cheeks. Sixteen of these people had a high fear of blushing.

A small amount of ibuprofen gel was rubbed into one cheek, with ultrasound gel rubbed into the other cheek as a control. The subjects were then asked to participate in a cringe-worthy task – karaoke.

“We instructed them, one at a time, to sing along to Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive for a full five minutes,” Professor Drummond said.

“To heighten their embarrassment, we interjected every now and then asking them to sing louder, be more expressive, or sing in tune.”

Ibuprofen gel is commonly available in chemists and supermarkets, and is often used as an anti-inflammatory to treat sprains, swelling and back pain.

Previous studies led the researchers to believe that blushing is partly caused by an inflammatory reaction in the blood vessels of the face, brought on by compounds called prostaglandins.

Professor Drummond said the ibuprofen gel helped stop these compounds from forming, and significantly reduced blushing (caused by embarrassment) and flushing (brought on by exercise).

“The results were even more noticeable among those with a high fear of blushing,” he said.

“More research is needed to determine whether topical ibuprofen gel is suitable for intermittent or long-term use to treat blushing.

“We’re also looking to test whether ibuprofen tablets, aspirin, paracetamol or even a placebo, can deliver similar results.”

Photo of Gloria Gaynor: Giorgio Erriquez, Wikimedia Commons

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Opulent jazz bar on the way

CHRIS THOMSON

JUNE 10, 2012 UPDATE: NO BLACK TIE JAZZ BAR WAS TODAY GRANTED A TAVERN LICENCE. IT’S NOW UP TO THEM TO JAZZ UP 414 MURRAY STREET.

A new CBD jazz bar is set to go toe to toe with The Ellington for the title of Perth’s plushest.

If given the nod by WA’s director of liquor licensing, ‘No Black Tie’ will be the bar’s name, and serving expensive booze to a blue note tune will be its game.

The bar is the brainchild of Yung Seun Kuan, 27, who five years ago founded the Colllezione bridal gown business. Ms Kuan also directs a property development company, Vambrace Pty Ltd, which is currently building a block of flats in Kalgoorlie.

The other shareholders are immigration agent Denning Chong, 34, a partner for the past 11 years of West Perth-based James Chong Lawyers, and Winthrop resident Kim Man Ho, 28.

No Black Tie is being planned for a vacant ground floor tenancy of the jaded Southmark House building at 414 Murray Street.

The bar would be one of a number of developments set to transform the grimy northern end of Murray Street. The other projects include a skyscraper or scrapers a couple of doors down, and a 15-floor Oaks hotel – both revealed by oneperth.com.au earlier this year.

ALLEY-WAY

The bar is being billed as an upmarket, vocal-jazz lounge – and entry would be via a side alley-way.

The applicants say the bar would be intimate, with vintage lounge chairs, live jazz, tapas food and afternoon high teas.

“Patrons will step off the street into another world which is relaxed, comfortable and charming,” the bar’s tavern licence application enthuses.

As the venue’s name suggests, patrons would not need to dress formally.

Nevertheless, the bar would not be a blue collar establishment.

$4100 BOTTLES OF WINE

Spirits would be poured from bottles whose full contents range in price from $300 to $925.

At the top end of the wine selection would be four different vintages of Dom Perignon Oenotheque ranging in price from $925 a bottle to $4100 a bottle.

The applicants claim the high-end prices would ensure patrons did not “consume the drinks rapidly or excessively”.

Food would be more affordable – ranging from $15 to $40 for a meal, and available whenever the bar was open.

Table service would be available and patrons encouraged to use it.

Unlike the speakeasies of old, there would be no happy hours.

TALENT

The bar would feature mainly Western Australian jazz artists.

The WA Academy of Performing Arts, North Street Productions and Perth Jazz Society have been sounded out about available talent, and the jazz society itself has provided a letter of support to the licensing director.

Musicians would mainly be engaged on an ad hoc basis, though the club would also have specific-genre nights, and artists-in-residence.

From time to time, international acts would grace the stage. On quieter nights, open musician sessions would allow students and jazz blow-ins to improvise, experiment, scat and be-bop to their hearts’ content.

LAYOUT

The venue would open in a defunct, 353sqm former interior design office located behind the eyesore Telstra exchange building.

But an $800,000 refurbishment would improve the tone of the place – a fact not lost on the writer of one supporting letter among a “large bundle” the applicants claim to have already received.

“I believe that it will also enhance the west end of Murray Street between Milligan and King Street, which is looking tired and in need of investment,” an M.Bosnich has written.

The venue would include a main lounge, stage lounge, private lounge rooms, high tea area, bar, stage, kitchen, coolroom, office and toilets.

A maximum 320 patrons would be allowed in, with 200 of those able to be seated.

The patrons would be serviced by 10 to 15 staff at peak times, with the venue hoping to employ a general manager and at least five more full-time workers.

No Black Tie already has Perth City Council planning approval.

If granted its tavern licence, the venue would operate between 10am and midnight on Mondays to Saturdays, and 10am to 10pm on Sundays.

Photo of Casey Benjamin by ‘Dacoucou’ Wikimedia Commons.

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Wine snobs beware

KEN HOLMES

How much influence do your taste buds have on your appreciation of a fine wine? Not quite as much as you’d think, according to the head of psychology at Curtin University.

Professor Adrian North recently examined the impact of background music on the perceived taste of red and white wine.

Study participants were invited into a room and asked to drink a glass of wine while four different genres of music were played. After consuming the wine, participants completed a questionnaire on the wine and then the music.

Using four descriptors, applicable to both the music and the wine, such as ‘powerful and heavy’ and ‘subtle and refined’, researchers found participants were more likely to describe wine based on the emotional connotations of the background music.

“Whatever type of music was playing, the participants regarded the characteristics of the wine in the same way,” Professor North said.

“What you perceive with one sense can impact another sense.

“In this case if you hear soothing, subtle music, the wine is interpreted in the same way.”

Professor North has been looking at the psychological connection between the senses for several years, in particular how music can impact the other senses such as taste.

A study conducted by Professor North in 1997 showed that French music played in a supermarket encouraged people to buy French wine.

“French music primes thoughts about France, so you tend to buy French wine and the same results were seen with German music and German wine,” he said.

“It shows how sounds can influence consumers’ decisions.”

Many of these effects rely on the perceived impact of the music, such as playing classical music at a restaurant where consumers tend to associate the food with luxury or high-end goods, and are thus willing to spend more money.

So if our perceptions are so easily manipulated by something as simple as music where does that leave our free will?

Professor North says human senses are interpreted in the higher part of the brain and rely on people’s preconceived stereotypes about sounds.

“All the information from the senses is interpreted in the cortex and assembled into a single, cohesive idea …,” he says.

“If your palate is telling you one thing and your ears are telling you another, all this information has to be assembled to make a judgment.”

While Professor North’s research has real-world application for the wine industry, two Swan Valley wineries told oneperth.com.au they did not rely on music to create new taste sensations.

Instead the wineries are trusting the flavours of their wine to do the job.

Denise Holufa from Jane Brook Estate Winery says wine tasting can be a subjective experience and many descriptors used by the average consumer are not the same as those used by wine connoisseurs.

“We play jazz lounge music in our cellars and tasting rooms, but often people are talking amongst themselves, or talking with the staff about the wine,” Ms Holufa says.

“The music is secondary to the tasting experience, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have impact on setting or mood.”

Dorham Mann from Mann Wineries says classical music is generally played in his cellars as it reflects his personal music preference.

“We have never had comments from customers about the genre of music played,” Mr Mann says.

“The focus is mostly on the wine.”

Professor North says that experienced wine connoisseurs tend to be immune to the impact that music has on their taste buds.

He says there is limited research into the impacts of music on our tastebuds, but it is a fast growing area of academic interest, with potential to be used in marketing, gastronomy, health and psychology.

“We are currently undertaking a related study replacing wine with orange juice and the results will hopefully show similar correlations,” he says.

Photo: Jane Brook Estate Winery director Beverley Atkinson obliges a couple of customers. Ken Holmes.

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Jean Michel Jarre shunted to late 2014

CHRIS THOMSON

NOVEMBER 30, 2012 UPDATE: A largely free, 80,000-patron gig by French electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre that could bring Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco to Perth and directly inject $30 million into the local economy has been postponed until late 2014.

Perth-based promoter Maryanne Bell today confirmed the deferral and revealed the City of Fremantle had approached her in a bid to poach the concert from the City of Perth.

Ms Bell has pulled a $100,000 sponsorship request from the City of Perth, after oneperth.com.au told her that council officers had recommended against it.

After hearing the news last week, Ms Bell said the concert was being threatened by a lack of council and government vision.

The event had been planned for Perth’s Langley Park on March 23 next year – but will now be shunted to May 2014.

“I can guarantee it will go ahead then,” Ms Bell said.

Ms Bell said Fremantle council had told her that if Perth City Council “was not willing to embrace this event” the port city would be happy to oblige.

“Perth is our first choice for obvious reasons,” she said.

“It doesn’t mean to say we can’t promote the City of Fremantle.”

Last week, Ms Bell said she was dismayed that city officials had not kept her in the loop.

She then revealed that WA Government promotions agency Eventscorp had refused another sponsorship request from her for $2 million.

Eventscorp Executive Director Gwyn Dolphin later told oneperth.com.au his agency had received a new proposal for the concert that was currently being assessed.

$30 MILLION MAN

Ms Bell estimates the Jarre juggernaut would bring $30 million of direct tourism expenditure to Perth.

“It is just incredible they are not embracing [the concert],” she said.

“This shows, absolutely, a lack of vision.

“It’s Perth – it’s like village politics here.”

Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi was contacted for comment but failed to respond.

Ms Bell said that Jarre, who had visited Perth twice now – including as an ambassador for the recent Perth Fashion Festival – was a big fan of the world’s most isolated metropolis.

“Jean-Michel was gracious enough to support the Perth Fashion Festival and there was no cost to the PFF,” Ms Bell said.

“If the concert is not held in Perth, there will be no recognition of the city, and people just won’t come here.

“If [instead] he does Sydney or Melbourne, Perth will look ridiculous.

“If it was in Paris or New York they would have embraced Jean-Michel, but in Perth you are up against the mentality of ‘Perth – wait a while’.”

oneperth.com.au asked Ms Bell if the lack of financial commitment might be because Jarre was hardly a household name in Western Australia.

“You’d be surprised at his fan base in Perth,” she said.

“The vision is that there is going to be one huge sea of people in Langley Park.

“We are planning 22 [light] towers, up to 15-storeys high.”

MONACO ROYALS

Jean Michel Jarre Rendez-Vous Perth

The man (above) and his massive concert plan.

Ms Bell said Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, former French president Nicholas Sarkozy, and UK actress Charlotte Rampling – all friends of Jarre – had expressed interest in attending the mega-gig.

She estimated the concert would attract $8.6 million of tourism expenditure, a $14.4 million hospitality spend from visiting VIPs, and a live internet viewing audience of 3.2 billion people.

If Jarre can pull off the gargantuan ‘Rendez-Vous Perth’ gig it will be free to the public – except for 8000 privileged patrons holding gold, VIP and corporate tickets.

Jarre, 63, holds the music world’s crowd-pulling record of 3.5 million fans to a single show.

In Perth, he plans to lock Langley Park down for a month to allow massive stages and stands to be erected, as pictured.

To help concert-goers see Jarre, six giant screens would stand along the length of Langley Park.

The concert was initially planned to occur in November 2012 – but the military-scale logistics involved in pulling the show together were considered too big for a rush-job.

Jarre fan sites around the world have been aTwitter since oneperth.com.au revealed details of the concert.

The spectacular would be the only one by Jarre in Australia.

Photo: Miemo Penttinen

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Care prepares to rock the block

CHRIS THOMSON

Police mascot Constable Care has refreshed his mono-dimensional image by pumping out a groovy Christmas video.

The constable’s debut single ‘Merry Christmas’ is shot in his living room and features a power-pop guitar solo that blares around his inner-Perth ‘hood.

However, the din of his band – ‘The A-grades’ – disturbs a grumpy neighbour from tuning in to Howard Sattler and flicking through WA’s monopoly tabloid in the vain search for a decent yarn.

The neighbour – played by Peter Rowsthorn of Kath & Kim fame – decides to take charge but his stealthy efforts to shut down the gig are thwarted by a junior fan of the band.

The constable’s single is available as an iTunes download, with proceeds going to charity.

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Bon Scott bog lap open for business

CHRIS THOMSON

The long-awaited ‘Bon Scott Bog Lap’ is finally open at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Last year, oneperth.com.au revealed that a new level crossing of the train tracks near Cicerello’s fish and chippery would make a street circuit – or ‘bog lap’ in the WA vernacular – possible past the statue of Bon Scott.

The late, great Scott, a Fremantle local, was the first frontman for AC/DC, a band favoured by bog-lappers.

Scott’s dulcet tones are oft heard blaring from car stereo systems in the quaint port city.

The new bog lap will be an alternative to the tried and true one around the South Terrace cafe strip.

Making way for the roadworks (and since the above photo was taken), the Scott statue was recently moved to the other side of the street. However, it will still be clearly visible from the new bog lap.

The Department of Transport and the Public Transport Authority funded the roadworks which include an exit-only vehicle crossing, bicycle crossing for entry and exit, and upgraded pedestrian crossings on both sides of the new vehicle exit point.

Fremantle City Council built the crossing – but naming the new stretch of street has become snared in Freo-esque red tape.

Department of Transport spokesman Steve Jenkins said the project has had other benefits including the widening of footpaths near the fishing boat harbour restaurants.

“The new level crossing also makes it possible for the Fremantle CAT bus service to include the harbour on its route in the future,” Mr Jenkins said.

A spin around the bog lap in the oneperth.com.au Yaris proved the new road surface to be very easy on the Bridgestones.

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Cop ‘hooned’ to escort Chisel

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A motorcycle cop had his police bike seized under anti-hoon legislation after allegedly zooming more than 45 kph above the speed limit to escort Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes to a concert on Saturday.

Police spokeswoman Naomi Smith today divulged that a sergeant, senior constable and first class constable allegedly triggered speed cameras on Bussell Highway, Margaret River.

Acting Sergeant Smith said the officers – all from the Southwest police district – were conducting traffic escort duties in relation to the Chisel concert at Sandalford Estate winery.

The escort was sanctioned, Acting Sergeant Smith said, because of the influx of people to Margaret River for the concert, the Southwest fires and Schoolies’ Week.

She said that three speed camera images allegedly depicted the officers speeding during the escort about 3.50pm.

The vehicles involved included a motorcycle and two cars.

Acting Sergeant Smith said the bike’s alleged speed of more than 45kph over the posted limit allegedly constituted a hoon offence, prompting a vehicle seizure process.

As the Senior Constable involved did not own a vehicle, an alternative vehicle surrender notice was notionally issued and then cancelled.

The motorcycle was subsequently seized and then released.

The Southwest district office is investigating the officers’ actions during the escort.

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Bon Scott Bog Lap snared in red tape

CHRIS THOMSON

Moves to name a small but defining segment of a planned ‘Bon Scott bog lap’ at Fremantle fishing boat harbour are floundering in a net of red tape.

Last year, oneperth.com.au revealed the new stretch of road across the train tracks near Cicerello’s fish and chippery would make a street circuit – or ‘bog lap’ in the WA vernacular – possible past the statue of Bon Scott.

The late, great Scott, a Fremantle local, was the first frontman for AC/DC, a band favoured by bog-lappers.

Scott’s dulcet tones are often heard blaring from car stereo systems in the port city, and the new bog lap will be an alternative to the tried and true one around the South Terrace cafe strip.

Instead of reinforcing Scott’s street cred’ by naming the new stretch of road after him, Fremantle city councillors first endorsed ‘Cray Street’.

This was rejected by the state government which figured the name sounded too much like nearby Wray Avenue and Grey Street.

‘Boat Lane’ and ‘Deck Lane’ were then suggested by city officials, endorsed by the government but rejected by the city councillors.

In various combinations and permutations of the labyrinthine decision making for which the port city is infamous, a further eight names have since been considered and rejected.

Now, the officials have given their political masters six fresh alternatives from which to choose.

These range from ‘Wardan Lane’ (after a Nyoongar word meaning ‘ocean’) through ‘Trawl’, ‘Mast’, ‘Sail’, ‘Kybra’ (the name of a cargo ship that once berthed in the port city) to a simple extension of the existing Cliff Street.

The street name will again be debated – but not necessarily settled – on Wednesday night.

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