The vessel will feature 600sqm of entertainment space. Photo: FacebookMargaret River wine and Shark Bay prawns would be on the menu on a floating upmarket party barge 200 metres off the shore of the Swan River, if the state government ticks off on a new proposal being put forward.
Barge Co. has submitted plans to the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor in order to gauge public interest in a new “floating event space”, set to showcase the best of WA’s waterways and produce.
Barge Co. director Guy Mouritz said the idea had started from comments made by Perth tourists.
“They don’t understand why we don’t have more facilities on the water,” he said.
“If this was Europe, you could barely move for beach chairs, restaurants and bars.
“I think we take our amazing waterways and sunsets for granted… we just want people to come here and experience the natural beauty of WA.”
The barge would be designed in a similar style to Sydney’s floating event venue “The Island”, and weigh 800 tonnes, while costing $4 million to build.
“The departments [of Racing, Gaming and Liquor and Parks & Wildlife] have all been very supportive because we’re mobile, and the way I’ve designed the vessel is very environmentally friendly – water is retained in the hull from rain, all of our waste water and sewerage actually comes out as clean fresh water and everything on board will be biodegradable,” Mr Mouritz said.
The barge plans to have wind breaks installed and a jet-ski will be in the water at all times to collect any loose rubbish.
Mr Mouritz said while he supported the decision by other licensed operators to host parties on Perth waterways, he wanted the Barge Co. ship to focus its attention on promoting WA produce and art.
“We don’t plan to be the next best bar – we don’t want to be a static environment- we want it to be a platform for local wineries and distilleries, and even micro breweries who may not have their own cellar door,” he said.
“They can showcase their produce, and obviously open it up to a bigger customer base.”
The barge would operate across four locations on the river and ocean, including Elizabeth Quay, Point Walter, Port Beach and Coogee Beach.
The company is still waiting on the green light from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, as special moorings would need to be installed to accommodate the size of the barge.
To lodge your interest or concerns on the project, the survey can be found here.
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