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BIG ROOSTER FOR MANNING BUILDING

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2020

 

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Another large mural of a rooster is being created at the back of the Fremantle Mannning building in Paddy Troy Lane. Go and have a look at the stunning redevelopment of the historic building by Silverleaf Investments. I hope they’ll conduct some public tours so more people can see what they created inside.

I photographed through a gap in the fence this morning, so could not get close enough to ask the artist for his name.

Roel Loopers

BETTER TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NEEDED

Posted in city of fremantle, roads, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2020

 

 

Traffic management is often an issue when something is on in Fremantle and the Pipes for Fremantle project by the Water Corporation is another example.

It is silly to put no parking signs at road crossings, because even the most stupid motorists would not park there. It is also inconsiderate to block the footpath in Cliff Street with a huge sign that alerts motorists, but not putting a sign before that to warn pedestrians that they should cross the road. Currently those in wheelchairs, on gophers and with prams have to step onto the busy road to continue walking, and that is dangerous. and unacceptable.

The traffic ‘management’ people stand around with STOP and SLOW signs, but care very little about pedestrians crossing the roads, from my personal observations of walking around the West End daily.

Roel Loopers

 

GREAT VIBE IN AWAKENED FREO

 

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There has been a really good vibe in Fremantle this week and a real buzz around town with so many people walking the streets.

The opening of the Fremantle Markets was significant and the number of people, partly due to school holidays, was impressive.

Also a great idea by the City of Fremantle to offer familiarisation tours for the 1,750 staff of the Communities Department, who have moved into their new offices at Kings Square.

I bumped into a group, conducted by Michael Deller of Fremantle Tours yesterday, that was also attended by Mayor Bard Pettitt.

I believe Freo is on the right track to recovery, but it needs all our support, so BUY LOCAL or BYE, BYE, LOCAL!

Roel Loopers

NO COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

The planned new WA residential development codes changes are interesting and will be controversial, because it will diminish local government power.

Single houses on small residential blocks, smaller than 260sqm would no longer need development approval, as long as they are within the local planning scheme regulations, but all new residential development have to allow for the space of a tree in the front.

Two storey residential development will get additional height of one metre above the current local planning laws, if the State Government signs off on the changes, which are released for community consultation from this weekend.

Building  pergolas or swimming pools would also no longer need council approval.

Already large property developments over $ 20 million will no longer have to go through local councils, but will be decided by JDAP.

It will be interesting to read all the details of the proposed changes and see how many local governments will put submissions in.

Roel Loopers

150 SMALL BUSINESSES RE-OPEN IN FREMANTLE

 

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When one thinks about it, it is quite a milestone in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic that 150 small businesses re-opened in Fremantle today. The FREMANTLE MARKETS is open for business again!

I could feel the happiness among the stallholders that they are finally back in business, and already many people were visiting mid morning.

The Fremantle Markets started operating in 1987 so it is an iconic Freo institution. Go and support all those small businesses. They need and deserve our support!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S WEST END NOT SEEING RED

Posted in city of fremantle, roads, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2020

 

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I have been stopped on the street and received emails about the resurfacing of High Street by Pipes for Fremantle. Freo residents and business owners in the West End are concerned that the new bitumen is not red.

The Water Corporation says this is just temporary, as they will properly resurface the entire length of High Street, from Market Street to Little High Street at a later stage, presumably that will be with red tar.

Roel Loopers

STUNNING BROODY HEN CAFE MURAL

Posted in art, cafe, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

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Fremantle has another stunning mural artwork at the Broody Hen cafe in James Street. It was created by artist Jackson Harvey. Great job!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MARKETS RE-OPEN ON FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

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The very popular Fremantle Markets will re-open tomorrow-Friday July 10 at 9am and will initially be open Friday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, with the food hall opening one hour earlier for those who want to buy fruit&vegetables.

The 150 small businesses in the market were severely impacted by the closure of the markets, which was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so go and say hello on the weekend and support them.

Ajay of the Lucky Elephant clothing stall is delighted that things are returning back to normal.

But even in the markets it is essential to be aware of the social distancing rules, so look after yourselves and your fellow markets visitors and operators!

Roel Loopers

LEARN HOW TO GET THAT PERFECT PHOTO

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

After a long Covid-19 induced break Fremantle J Shed photographer is starting his photo teaching again:

With tutor and freelance photographer Peter Zuvela (with an Adv Dip. in Photography). Very practical courses with fun excursions with your camera around beautiful Bathers Beach and the West End of Fremantle.
LEVEL 1A – 6 week course for a very cool $290.00.

The classes will running on SUNDAYS 2pm – 4.30pm starting the 12th OF JULY.

IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS AND SOME EXPERIENCE- learn more techniques with your camera to capture- great images- carefully structured classes- small groups- beautiful studio setting for classes run at Bathers Beach (J Shed), hands on photo excursions to learn all about how to use your camera
Peter Zuvela has been teaching digital photography for more than 10 years and experience has taught him that it’s best to learn photography in small groups within a 6 week period. Photography is a complicated beast and it takes a little extra time and care to get your mind around the fascinating world of photography with an experienced tutor.

Mobile:  041 793 9783

FREMANTLE ADOPTS 2020/21 BUDGET

Posted in budget, city of fremantle, finances, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

There has been a lot of debate in Fremantle and other councils about when a rates increase is or isn’t a real rates increase. It is all quite discombobulated, so I will just copy and paste the media release from the City of Fremantle without any comment:

Fremantle Council has adopted a 2020-21 annual budget that features no increase in rate revenue and a freeze on the majority of fees and charges.

The decision to maintain rate revenue at the same level as the previous financial year was made in recognition of the financial impact of COVID-19 on ratepayers and the business community.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the 2020-21 budget was developed in an environment unlike any other in living memory.

“The tremendous public health, social and economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in ways that we could not have imagined a short time ago,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“We know there are many Fremantle residents and businesses that have taken a big financial hit as a result of COVID-19, which is why we’ve chosen not to have any increase in rate revenue.

“We’ve also adopted a new hardship policy to provide relief to ratepayers facing financial stress.

“It must be remembered that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the City’s finances as well. We estimate we will lose about $4 million in revenue in 2020-21 from things like parking and commercial rents.

“That means we’ve have had to make some very tough decisions to tighten our belts and choose to focus on the provision of core services and the delivery of our capital works program.

“The council will monitor this position during the year to ensure any improvement is delivered back into community services or recovery projects to support our community.”

Mayor Pettitt said the situation with rates had been made more complicated by this year’s revaluation of properties by the state government’s Valuer General.

“While the City has committed to no overall increase in rate revenue this year, individual rates notices may go up or down depending on the change in the Gross Rental Value of specific properties,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Almost three quarters of Fremantle ratepayers will see their rates notice for 2020-21 either stay the same or go down compared to last year’s rates bill. Ten per cent will see an increase of less than two per cent, and 16 per cent of ratepayers will see their rates go up by more than two per cent.

“Some commentators have argued that because on average GRV’s have gone down rates should go down by the same amount, but that’s a misunderstanding of how rates are calculated.

“Every year councils work out how much revenue is required to provide the services and facilities the community needs, and then calculate the rate-in-the-dollar based on that.

“This year because on average GRV’s in Fremantle have gone down by about 10 per cent the rate-in-the-dollar has gone up by 10 per cent, but the amount of revenue collected will stay the same as last year.”

Despite the financial impact of COVID-19 the 2020-21 annual budget still includes funds for a substantial capital works program, including:

  • Completion of Walyalup Civic Centre and Library
  • New Kings Square play space
  • Public realm upgrades at Newman Court and Kings Square
  • Fremantle Golf Course, club house and community facility
  • Fremantle Markets building works
  • Arthur Head conservation works
  • Container Deposit Scheme refund point at Fremantle Recycling Centre
  • New Fremantle Park car park

In addition to adopting the 2020-21 annual budget at a special meeting last night, the council also endorsed a new Financial Hardship Policy.

The policy was developed to assist ratepayers that may be experiencing financial hardship and require a different approach to paying outstanding rates and service charges.

The support offered under the policy includes the City accepting reduced payments and establishing an alternative payment plan, pausing the payment of rates, administration fees and charges, ceasing penalty interest for up to six months and suspending debt recovery action.  

For more information on how local governments calculate rates please visit the Council Rates Explained page on the WA Local Government Association website.

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