7,500 people sign a petition to save the Fly

7,500 people sign a petition to save the Fly

Fast facts

  • 7,500 music lovers have signed a petition to save the Fly by Night Musicians Club in Fremantle
  • Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk will be tabling the petition in State Parliament
  • The Premier should support the Fly in its bid to stay at its current venue.
  • Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk and WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan are calling on the Premier to intervene to ensure the Fly By Night Musicians Club remains at its current venue.

The call comes after the National Trust announced today that it had entered lease negotiations with Sunset Events, effectively leaving Fly By Night to look for new premises.

More than 7,500 people have signed the petition that calls on the Government to actively support the Fly in its current form and ensure it remains part of the vibrant Fremantle arts community.

The Fly By Night Musicians Club is a not-for-profit arts venue that has been operating in Fremantle for almost 30 years.

It regularly hosts well-known local, national and international bands and is a stepping stone for many local acts.

The uncertainty around the future of the Fly has meant the Fly has not been able to forward plan and book acts in advance.

Comments from Simone McGurk Member for Fremantle:

“I’m very disappointed that the Fly By Night Musicians Club’s lease at the iconic Drill Hall appears to be ending.

“This is the time for the Premier to intervene and ensure that the Fly can continue to stay at its current location.

“Over 7,500 signatures is a clear indication of how important this not-for-profit arts organisation is in Fremantle.

“The petition was signed by music lovers all across Perth, who all want the Fly to remain in its current form and at its current venue.

“The Premier has acknowledged that this is a popular venue which has given a lot of young artists their first opportunity to perform. As the owner of the building, the Premier needs to come out and make clear to the National Trust that the Fly should be supported.

“We need venues that will give access to emerging musicians if we are serious about nurturing home grown talent. I seriously doubt the capacity of a purely commercial venue to deliver on that front.”

Comments from WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan:

“Not only has the Fly been an incubator of WA music talent, it has a strong community focus as well. There are countless school kids who have had their first experience performing on stage at the Fly.

“There has been a steady demise of music venues in Fremantle and Perth, and I believe the State Government should be supporting, not hindering the arts in WA.”