What We Thought Would Kill Us - Alfresco Dining

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The What We Thought Would Kill Us series examines some of Perth’s most controversial developments, which have generated large amounts of community opposition either during the approval or development stages.

In undertaking a retrospective analysis, the Committee aims to provide case studies that not only document the history and development of particular sites but also seek to serve as reminders of key points in Perth’s growth and development.

This case study is the eight in the series and examines the controversies, red tape and challenges surrounding alfresco dining that were faced by the local business community in developing what has become a hallmark feature of our lifestyle. Diving into Greater Perth's colonial beginnings and the first alfresco eateries in Fremantle, it explores the trivial and challenging pathway that led to alfresco dining as we know it today.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.