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Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 7, 2014

The Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association is presenting Valuing Our Urban Green Space, a Free Community Information Forum on Saturday 12 April 2014, 1pm to 4 pm at Replants, 96 Wray Avenue, Fremantle 6160

There will be three expert speakers on why we should preserve trees and green spaces in our city.
Dr Paul Hardisty, Director of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship: ‘The Value of Urban Ecosystems in a Changing Climate’

Dr Noel Nannup, Nyoongar Elder and Educator

Dr Lisa Wood, Deputy Director, Centre for the Built Environment and Health, University of Western Australia: ‘Play, walk or sit awhile… the health and wellbeing benefits of a greener urban realm’

A short discussion will follow each speaker; tea break approximately 2.30pm-3pm.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Kel said, on April 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Yes you would wonder why this is happening in Fremantle.

    You would expect the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce would be right in there fighting the case for the “Established businesses in Fremantle” I would have thought.

    May be the ” Memorandum of Understanding” between the City of Fremantle and the Chamber of Commerce has something to do with it ?

    Major Commerial Event Promotors appear to be getting their way consistently

    Of course we need Events in Fremantle but “established business stakeholders” need consideration in the first instance by the City of Fremantle and the Chamber of Commerce or we will end up with a “temporary” City without a sustainable heart.

    Thank you


  2. Kel said, on April 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Roel,

    We are out of town at the moment and do not have the details but have emailed our Architect to convert pdf to jpeg and send on to you.

    Sure its not a “major” development but a very significant one as its on the Esplanade Reserve.

    Thank you Roel for the opportunity to show these plans to the Community on your Blog.



  3. freoishome said, on April 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I think you have made a really strong case in the latter part of your post regarding the treatment by Council of various stakeholders.
    Does loyalty count? Do existing businesses count? Is it a Council policy to encourage new business ideas at the expense of established business, that very well might prove successful, or as most do just become short term fads; fair competition is obviously a good thing, but is the competition fair, is the playing field level? WA has a habit of replacing the old with new, without learning from the experience, ie, new is always better than the existing; event though that principle was dispelled eons ago.


  4. freoview said, on April 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    The City is establishing a green space working group, so that is a good thing.

    I can only show the plans for the Carriage Cafe on my blog if you send me a jpeg of it, Kel, and am happy to do it then, although this is not a major development for Fremantle.



  5. Kel said, on April 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hi Roel,

    Yes totally agree.

    We also need the City to recognise the need for “green open spaces” as per the heading of this Blog.

    The area across from the Esplanade Hotel to the Kiddies Playground and Carriage should be a well maintained green grassed passive (quiet) area for rest and recreation.

    The City Planners should be designing in a possible walk through fountain for kids as in Forrest Chase in Perth or something similar, for the families and visitors to Fremantles “once” Iconic Esplanade Reserve.

    Fenced, fee paying, alcohol serving, Highly lucrative Commercial Events excluding families and children from this area for quiet an extended period of the Summer months mentioned above should cease to continue in that north east area to Marine Terrace at least

    You may wish to show the Plans on you Blog Roel?

    Thank you
    Kel Smith


  6. freoview said, on April 10, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I have not seen the Carriage Cafe renovations at a planning committee yet, Kel, so that will come up in the process. I think it is a great idea to improve the cafe now that the Youth Plaza will open next door to it as surely there will be increased business from that and it is good to see large umbrellas and a real alfresco area at the Esplanade Hotel as well, because that will create a hub together.



  7. Kel said, on April 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    HI Brad,

    Well Brad at least you now advise you recognise the plight that “established”businesses are in in Fremantle and their struggle to keep the doors open for the 7 days with only 3 days to hopefully catch up on the turnover and make some profit.

    You did not mention the fact that this is only for approximately 8 months of the year (Sept to May) due to our winter rains and weather conditions.

    We certainly expect you to remember this when the established business ” Carriage Coffee Shop Refurb ishmets Plans come to Council in coming weeks.

    The Refurbishment Plans allow cover over the deck from these winter rains/weather 365 days a year and the Carriage Internals reverted to seating and tables .Also in the existing Kitchen which is opened up to allow views to the Skate Plaza.A new open air Kitchen and servery counter will be installed on the Deck.

    These renovations will add a fresh new look to the Cafe and allow it to open later in the evening.

    All of these renovations are within the existing Carriage Coffee Shop Lease and we are excited at investing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars of our money to ensure the 102 year old Cafe continues to serve the visitors to the Esplanade Reserve a lot longer than the existing 35 years and for many years to come.

    Please do not follow through with your emailed support for the City`s Plans to allow Temporary “Pop Up Food Vans” /etc in and around these “established businesses in the City on these 3 busy days you mention above and when the weather suits them.

    Please consider FCC “firstly” supporting the Established Businesses of Fremantle Brad

    The “On Call Service Providers” for Commercial Event Promoters of Perth and Fremantle and beyond at their call should not be a priority for the City of Fremantle at the expense of Established Businesses

    We have attached Plans and Elevations to the walls of the Carriage Cafe for the public to view.

    The feed back has been very supportive of our Plans.

    You are aware of these Plans as you and the Elected Members were Emailed a copy back in Feb early March.

    We and I`m sure the wider community are looking forward to” approval” from the Citys Officers,then the WAPC then you as Mayor and the Elected members.

    The City has not advertised these Plans for the Public to view.

    Come on Brad, get behind it like you have the other Major developments in Fremantle.

    Thank you
    Kel Smith


  8. Brad Pettitt said, on April 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Offices will help ensure Freo has a proper seven day a week economy not a three day one like now.


  9. Serendipidy said, on April 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I am wondering why people want to build more offices in Freo because if one drives down the road that runs on the sea side of the railway from Subiaco down to Daglish there are loads of brand new office blocks that no one has rented. Do we want more empty buildings in Freo? The green space is more needed than offices. The trend is to work at home if possible and that will grow -much better than leaving homes empty all day.


  10. freoview said, on April 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Not good enough, Eloise. You owe me an apology.



  11. Eloise said, on April 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Roel, thanks for correcting your blog post.


  12. freoview said, on April 7, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    You really have a huge chip on your shoulder Eloise and run away with all that conspiracy bullshit. One day you accuse me of holding back your comments and posting them late, now you accuse me of making deliberate errors so that I don’t mention FRRA. I find that extremely offensive as I have been very fair to everyone who posts comments. I don’t care from which group they come. Why would I post a promotion for the event if I don’t support what FRRA are doing?

    I made a mistake and corrected that within 5 minutes of posting, when a text by Mark Woodcock made me aware of it, that it was a FRRA event and not a FICRA one.

    Neither I nor the Fremantle Society feels threatened by other community groups. We are different and that is great.



  13. Eloise said, on April 7, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hi Roel
    For some reason of your own you choose to continually a mix up Fremantle Residents & Ratepayers Association Inc. (FRRA) and Fremantle Inner City Residents Association (FICRA).

    The only explanation I can think of is that a staunch enthusiast for the Fremantle Society you feel threatened by the fact that FRRA is doing good work.

    However, in the interest of being a good journalist, could you please correct your above blog post today as – just as I suspect you know very well – the Valuing Urban Green Spaces is a Fremantle Resident & Ratepayers Event, not a FICRA event.

    As FRRA members, we have put a lot of hard work into organising this event and it is insulting that you treat us like this, presumably for petty turf war reasons.

    I am not and never have been a member of FICRA, and that goes for the vast majority of FRRA’s membership.

    FRRA is an incorporated organisation – unlike both FICRA and Fremantle Society – and we have clear objects of association that relate to the entire City of Fremantle area, in reflection of our membership base.

    Feel free to post this email as a post. My preference would be that you correct your poor reporting.



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