Alfresco plan pops

A PUSH to allow Perth bars and restaurants to serve alcohol in alfresco “pop-ups” has been thwarted by Perth council.

Cr Jemma Green spearheaded the motion at a council meeting earlier this week, saying it would put brick and mortar businesses on an even footing with businesses like the twilight hawkers market.

Universal bar owner Trevor Candido was a big fan of Cr Green’s initiative, saying it was strange he could get approval for alfresco area pop-ups during special events but not on a permanent basis.

• Universal bar owners Trevor Candido and Jason Juraszek in their alfreso area pop-up for Melbourne Cup. Photo by Steve Grant

• Universal bar owners Trevor Candido and Jason Juraszek in their alfreso area pop-up for Melbourne Cup. Photo by Steve Grant

Vibrancy

“It’s a great opportunity to bring some vibrancy to the area,” Mr Candido said.

“Perth being an outdoor state, pop-ups are going up all over the place; it’s just something different to activate the street.”

The council was planning to review its alfresco policy in 2017, but Cr Green wanted that brought forward and her initiative trialled to inform the review.

“These are tough times and whatever we can do as a local government should be done and done now,” Cr Green said.

Deputy mayor James Limnios supported her motion, saying more effort needed to go into attracting people to the city.

“We’ve got to work towards making experiences in the city because we’re not a suburb”, Cr Limnios said.

Cr Janet Davidson said she had doubts businesses would be able to comply with health regulations and Cr Green’s suggested timeline was too ambitious for the city.

CEO Martin Mileham said his council was capable of executing any council decision, but Cr Reece Harley was the only other councillor to vote in its favour and the motion was defeated 5/3.

by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM

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