The East Fremantle Sharks have been told to stop work on an allegedly unauthorised merchandise shop they were planning to build out of a sea container.
The Sharks had planned to sell merchandise from the shop, beside the Lyn Latham Pavilion, during home games this year.
But, after a site inspection by Town of East Fremantle planning manager Jamie Douglas, the Sharks were ordered to immediately stop the pictured work and seek council approval.
A report by Mr Douglas opines that the works are “not temporary in nature, are not visually attractive and may well be inappropriately sited when redevelopment of facilities occurs”.
Sharks CEO Todd Shimmon has apologised to the council for not going through the correct approvals process.
The sea container shop, budgeted to cost $5000, was to be air-conditioned, insulated and painted in the Sharks’ locally-famous blue and white livery.
Rather presumptuously, Mr Shimmon has told Mr Douglas that the site has been cleaned up and safety signs erected “until approval is given”.
But the approval aint gonna happen if Mr Douglas gets his way.
The council planning manager has recommended to his political masters that the Sharks be given 21 days to remove the work done so far, and make good the site lest legal action be taken by the town.
The council is slated to debate Mr Douglas’ recommendation on March 15.
Lyn Latham was a former town clerk at East Fremantle council. He died in 1963.