Fremantle residents have refused to throw a dog a bone, with their concerns resulting in the team behind a proposed Dingo Lager-branded brewpub at 47 Packenham Street withdrawing their development application.
The iconic century-old Dingo Flour logo was due to pop up in Fremantle’s West End with Great Southern Flour Mills, which owns the successful WA beer brand Dingo Lager, planning to open a 500-capacity tavern in late 2023.
Those plans were unveiled in early June, with interested parties able to comment on the development application via the City of Fremantle until 11.59pm on June 9.
Dingo owner Matthew Walker and partners are now on the hunt for an alternate site.
The proposed two-storey hospitality venue, named Dingo Brewing Co., was touted as a “flagship venue” connecting Great Southern Flour Mills’ brands of farming, beef and beer to the port city.
The brewpub would be the company’s first venue and would offer a “unique, innovative and boss-friendly food and beverage concept … centered around WA’s own Dingo Beer offering, together with high-quality, local, award-winning beef product from Margaret River” .
Those plans are now in limbo.
While a group of around 60 local residents cited “anti-social behavior” as their reason for opposing the venue, the 47 Packenham Street is virtually next door to popular restaurant Bread in Common at 43 Packenham St, which is open until 10pm five nights a week and later on weekends.
Dingo is owned by Mr Walker, a grain grower from Bodallin and owner of premium beef producers Stone Ax Pastoral Company, and fellow farmers Spinner Brennan and Mike Shields.
After a protracted negotiations, Mr Walker finally purchased the rights to the famous Dingo Flour logo in 2019.
Dingo Brewing Co. was poised to add to the city’s impressive list of brewpubs and beer-focused venues, which includes Gage Roads Freo, Little Creatures, Otherside Brewing Co.’s Freo.Social, Running With Thieves, Calamity’s Rod at the Hougoumont Hotel and Union Brewery and Distillery at the Sunshine Harvester Works.
The new venue had planned to prominently feature the white and red of the iconic Dingo Flour logo, as well as a green roof evoking the original Great Southern Flour Mills building in North Fremantle.
Corrugated iron on the entry and façade would reflect the owner’s connection to Australian farming.
No brewing would have occurred onsite, with beer produced at Whitelakes Brewing in Baldivis pumped into holding tanks at the West End venue.
Developers said the pub would include a commercial kitchen, “vibrant dining/socialising space”, designated dining area, dedicated can bar and Dingo Lager products for takeaway, including beer.
In addition to Dingo beer, the drinks list would focus on supporting WA producers.
The menu would focus on paddock-to-plate offerings, including dishes using Margaret River Wagyu Beef products owned by Great Southern Flour Mills.