There will be another information session at the City of Fremantle about the Sunset Events proposal to turn the most southern studio of J Shed into a micro brewery and change parts of the A Class Reserve into an outdoor music venue. It will be on Tuesday January 14 at 5.30 at the Meeting Room of the City. Entry from the back steps.
A few points I picked up:
* The proposal wants to make use of public transport and local parking. That is ridiculous for a venue that wants live concerts for 1,500 people. One would think they’d try to have an arrangement with TAFE to get permission to use at least all those empty parking spaces near the South Mole that are not being used on weekends.
* Proceeds are being received into general revenue, with only the intention to use it for Arthur Head maintenance and improvements. But money derived from the lease of Arthur Head property has to be vested in Arthur Head, according to the City’s own policies.
Arthur Head is the Bathers Beach Art Precinct and the State’s most significant and oldest site with the Round House the oldest public building in Western Australia. The Sunset Events proposal is not as claimed by some proponents just like the Moores Building or Fremantle Arts Centre. Its main aim is the sale of alcohol to patrons and for take-away, and to have at least 12 outdoor concerts for 1,500 people over the summer period. That makes the proposal unacceptable under the City’s own just implemented Alcohol Management Policy.
What the City of Fremantle should be doing is installing proper wayfinding signage and promote the Art Precinct in the media, not change it all around again, ignore their own policies and plans, and put a large pub where a cute art gallery and wine bar/restaurant would just do the trick nicely. The Expression of Interest the City put out was for a cafe/bar/function centre/gallery, not a huge micro brewery and live outdoor concert venue!
I know the Victoria Quay development plans are still in their early days and that many changes will be made, but one of the proposals worries me, and that is building on Pioneer Park. There is heritage significance with the remnants of a cottage built there by the early settlers, and Fremantle really cannot afford to lose more green open space. The high number of inner city residential, retail and office buildings planned for the CBD means we need more public open spaces for people to relax in.
We often hear arguments that buildings help wayfinding, and with the proposal of a railway crossing to VQ at Pakenham Street, the argument was put forward that the corner of Pakenham and Phillimore Street needs to be defined better by building on Pioneer Park there. Maybe I am naive, and I am definitely not a city planner, but could that corner not be made more prominent, for wayfinding purposes, by planting a whole row of beautiful trees, landscape Pioneer Park so it becomes a real inner city feature and lingering node, where people want to spend time, meet people arriving by train, and where children can play. A small playground there would be nice and maybe the City could erect a shade structure that tells the story of the historic cottage that was once in that location.
The argument that Pioneer Park is not popular is a cop-out. The park is not attracting many people because it is an unattractive area that needs good landscaping, so people will enjoy being there. It’s that chicken and the egg thing. People will come and use Pioneer Park more frequently once the area has been made attractive.
Wayfinding often appears to be just an excuse to build significant buildings, when better and more creative solutions should be considered first by using that other buzzword placemaking.
Welcome back to KELP, the cute little beach bar of Kidogo Arthouse at Fremantle‘s Bathers Beach. It’s offically open from tomorrow, but today was a get together for friends of Kelp and I quickly popped in to take a few photos.
There is no doubt in my mind that the bar, that reminds me so much of those special places on the coast of Croatia, Italy and France, would be a great asset to Fremantle as a permanent feature, but sadly our councillors are playing politics and are not as supportive of the bar as they claim to be.
I can understand that Kidogo owner Joanna Robertson’s forthright and demanding nature, and her complaints about the dustbowl and council inaction, might have upset a few egos at the City of Fremantle, but Freo needs people who get things done, even if they sometimes appear to be a bit selfish and a plain pain in the …. Joanna is willing to put her money where her mouth is and walk the talk, so it’s time for council to start catching up as it has been an epic and rather unsatisfactory marathon.
The proposal for a 200 beds and other facilities backpackers at the World Heritage listed FREMANTLE PRISON is on again with an information sessions at 5.30 today at the meeting room of the City of Fremantle. From memory the initial proposal included a bar and swimming pool, and I am not sure how that is respectful to the heritage of the building and the historic significance of it. Many people were hanged at Fremantle prison and the tiny cells were pretty inhumane and caused a lot of suffering, so why anyone would want to spend a holiday in such environment is beyond me.
It is puzzling that the info session overlaps the one about the equally important Kings Square development that starts at 5 pm, while the prison one starts at 5.30. I would like to attend both but that is not possible. Is anyone coordinating these info sessions at the City of Fremantle or is there a communication ban among staff?
Confidence in Fremantle‘s future is growing with KAKULAS SISTER purchasing the Princess Theatre building on Market Street they have been operating from for years. It is nice to see that kind of long-term commitment to Fremantle and retail in our city.
Kakulas Sister is one of my personal favourite shopping destinations. The stuff they sell is great, the ambience is cosy, and there is genuine service with a smile. They have a very good cheese selection and European food as well.
As promised here more photos of the great ambience of the Fremantle Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets. If you missed it, it’s on again coming Saturday from 5-9 pm, with plenty of FREE PARKING at TAFE at Fleet Street, at the start of the South Mole.
A big thank you also to the very helpful Fremantle Ranger who gave exceptional customer service yesterday. When the inconsiderate private security person had locked the Whalers Tunnel gates before we had dismantled the blazing lights inside of it, the ranger offered to go back to Town Hall to see if he could find the keys. He returned 45 minutes later, unlocked the gates so that I could take out the lights and big power distribution box. That is really great service City of Fremantle! As for the security guy……
Just because it is Sunday, and because even heathens like I do sometimes hope for divine intervention, a photo of the cute little old SCOTS CHURCH next to the Fremantle Markets. The church was the first Presbyterian church in the Fremantle area and was opened by John Forrest on March 26, 1890. It was designed by architect J Talbert Hobbs.
I just wanted to share with you what is proposed for Fremantle‘s most important heritage area and show some pictures of what Sunset Events want to do at J Shed on Bathers Beach. As you can see on the plans the building will be extended, including a covered alfresco , well over the retaining wall and bushes, to where the sand path is that leads from the South Mole to the new path to Bathers Beach south.
* Large parts of the grassed area will be clear-felled so that a stage and the spectators to open-air music events can be accommodated.
* The veranda part will be above the windows of Greg James‘ sculpture studio, reducing the amount of natural light coming into his working space.
* What is described as “clear visual access path” on the plans will actually be closed off during ticketed events, so the access between Victoria Quay and Kidogo Arthouse will be interrupted most summer weekends.
While Mayor Brad Pettitt has told the affected artists that he has managed to get the proposal reduced in size, it is still unacceptable and wrong for the area. It is too big and not a single person at any of the workshops, even the costly David Engwicht placemaking one, ever suggested live concerts in the area. It is wrong, no matter what size! Interior concerts, as at Clancys, Rosy O’Grady and other venues, is okay, but outdoor concerts are not.
CCTV cameras need to be installed on the beach but also on top of Arthur Head near the Round House, where people will be able to get free concerts looking down on the J Shed venue. Has money been allocated for that? The historic Whalers Tunnel light would need to be increased so it does not become a urinal for drunks.
Local Whadjuk Nyoongar people are against the proposal as well.
The item is on council agenda for this Wednesday the 27th at 6 pm, so come and voice your concerns!!! Also write your elected members. You can reach them all via email: MEMBERS@fremantle.wa.gov.au>@fremantle.wa.gov.au>
The witchety hats in the photos show the proposed development.
What is your personal story about the Fremantle Fort Knox building, developers MATCH want to know. Do you have a photo, artwork, personal connection or story that relates to the former Dalgety&Co woolstores on Queen Victoria and Beach streets?
The building, more recently known as Fort Knox, has been the entry statement to Fremantle for people entering our city from the north and east for decades. Three levels of the building have been vacant for 30 years but now MATCH is going to develop it into the HEIRLOOM residential project and create around 180 1-2 bedroom apartments in the heritage building.
MATCH wants to hear your distant memories and fleeting thoughts to life-changing experiences. Share your story on FACEBOOK/Fremantle Heirloom, or if you have a longer story to tell, email firstname.lastname@example.org
He is macho and huge and makes a big impression at Fremantle‘s Fishing Boat Harbour. It’s a sculpture by one of Freo’s famous artists Greg James. I call it The Guard as I can’t find a name for it on Greg’s website.
Greg James has been operating for over 25 years in Fremantle and is better known for his stunning life-size bronze sculptures. The Pietrocelli one at Kings Square and the Bon Scott one at FBH are probably the two Freo people know best. Check out Greg’s studio at J Shed when you next visit Arthur Head, or when you enjoy the bigger and better Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets which start on Saturday November 30 from 5-9 pm.