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Alfresco laws come a step closer

THE Perth City Council is a step closer to introducing its Afresco Dining Local Law.

Council has accepted public comment on the proposed law and made amendments.

Key issues included fees, the consumption of alcohol without a meal in the alfresco areas of hotels and taverns, footpath steam cleaning and alfresco area extensions.

Council is considering a trial for hotels and taverns to allow alcohol consumption without a substantial meal in the alfresco area of pubs and taverns in either the eastern or western end of the city.

It has removed the require-ment for operators to steam clean their alfresco area footpaths.

Instead, they will be required to keep their alfresco areas clean, including removing grease and stains. Council officers will monitor compl-iance.

Extensions to alfresco areas will be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

Council expects to net $132,690 in 2000-01 from alfresco dining fees.

A 60 per cent fee has been proposed for allowing alfresco dining within parking bays. This will be charged at $45 per square metre plus GST.

A staff note to council said this would affect 12 Northbridge eateries, mainly in James Street.

Councillors believe the law will have to be finetuned further.

“There are several items within the law that are less than ideal,” Councillor Laurance Goodman said.

“I think there are some areas in the city that are not well suited to alfresco dining. I think we need some alfresco-free zones.”

Councillor Tess Stroud said alfresco dining would help brighten the city and create a bohemian atmosphere.

Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Sutherland said council officers needed to monitor establish-ments that allowed litter to build up around their alfresco areas.

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