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A BLACK DAY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 16, 2012

It was announced today that Western Australian Planning Minister John Day has approved the City of Fremantle Planning Scheme Amendment 49. This is a black day for Fremantle which will see highrise in the inner city around historic Kings Square.

It comes as no surprise that the Minister approved PSA 49. When one combines a development mad state government with a panic stricken local one, one is always going to get bad outcomes.

Fremantle council approved PSA 49 against the will of the majority of people who expressed in a City survey they did not want buildings higher than eight storyes. The majority of submissions sent to the City were also against PSA 49.

Council claims retail in the city suffered but that is not unique to Freo. The global financial crisis sees retailers closing down all over Australia and the world. Even King Street in highly developed Perth has seen many retailers closing down.

I am not against development and high density, but high density does not mean highrise. The massive footprint of 17 buildings in a small part of the CBD will destroy Fremantle’s unique character and lifestyle.

As I said in my interview with Channel Nine, this might be a win for Fremantle council but it is a loss for Fremantle. It is a deeply sad and black day for our city.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on November 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I am not at all adverse to change Jess. I think Fremantle needs change, good modern and great new buildings, just not high rise.

    Roel

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  2. Jess said, on November 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    The title I would have used would be a little different, maybe ‘dark clouds above Fremantle lifted’

    but thats just me.

    Maybe it’s because my generation (yes i’m one of those pesky Y’s) is a little less adverse to change.

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  3. john Dowson said, on November 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Well said Roel. You capture what many many Fremantle people feel. A backward step, back to the bad old days of the 60s when we got Johnston Court and the other few big boxes. The survey you refer to, and which the CEO refused to release until the last minute, said that the majority did not want heights greater than 4 (four) storeys, not 8 (eight) as you quote.

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  4. sal said, on November 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Eff eff eff who would have thought an ostensibly green mayor would be the one to ruin Fremantle. I guess sensitivity to place and history does not necessarily go with sustainability. I voted for Jon Strachan who I trusted. I don’t dislike Brad but I will if he and the other bright young things do not realise what is risked by this sort of attitude.

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  5. Cr. Matheson said, on November 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Local Govt. and Subiaco and commented:
    High density doesn’t mean high rise. See my posting on this subject.

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