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Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, development, TRAFFIC by freoview on January 31, 2017

It no longer comes as a surprise to me that City of Fremantle officers recommend approval for a 185 sqm restaurant and 285 sqm climbing wall for the Naval Store at Cantonment Hill as part of the long-term lease to the ENKEL collective.

More and more we see the non-approvable being recommended for approval by CoF officers and that is disappointing. It is a worry because Councillors take serious notice of the expert advise of the officers, even when common sense appears to be lacking in some recommendations to the elected members.

The ENKEL item is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Planning Committee but will be decided by the Western Australian Planning Committee.

City officers believe it is an acceptable proposal although there is not sufficient parking nearby and even drop off and pick up points near the Naval Store would be very challenging.

Officers say the lack of parking is made up for by the car park at the East Street jetty on Beach Street, but that would require people to walk up the hill and cross four lanes of the very busy Canning Highway at a dangerous intersection at a bend in the road. How many parents will risk this with their children to get to the climbing wall, and how many elderly people would dare to take the risk to get to the restaurant?

Parking and access is going to be one of the main issues with the Cantonment Hill development because activation will mean traffic concerns for local people and safety concerns for visitors because of the awkward location of the site.

It might have been better to create a car park with trees on the site proposed for a children’s playground just east of the hill, because it is unrealistic to assume that most people will visit the site by bike or on foot. Most will come by car and that has has not been catered for.

Bad call, officers!

Roel Loopers


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  1. freoview said, on January 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I have nothing against the development of Cantonment Hill or against ENKEL or a restaurant/cafe, climbing wall, but it is naive to think this can all happen without adequate parking nearby.

    I have crossed quite a few times to photograph the Rainbow sculpture and it can be very hairy to try to get across. I shudder to think how old people and families with kids would navigate the Canning Highway crossing there.


  2. Bob said, on January 31, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    A few days ago I came off the Traffic Bridge and turned east into Canning Highway and suddenly came to a stop…two hire minibuses with what I assumed were tourists, had stopped there to view or photograph the container arch. I can only imagine a loaded truck moving at speed through the intersection might have faced a heart stopping moment for the driver.

    I agree Roel…..City officers believe it is an acceptable proposal although there is not sufficient parking nearby and even drop off and pick up points near the Naval Store would be very challenging.

  3. Steve said, on January 31, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    While anything is better than a derelict abandoned warehouse, I don’t really think rock climbing is in line with Enkel’s supposed vision of “OUR VISION IS A PLACE OF IDEAS WHERE PEOPLE ARE EMPOWERED TO CREATE BRIGHTER FUTURES.”

    Sounds like a nice way to get someone else to pay the (already subsidised) rent for you.

  4. Paula Amaral said, on January 31, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I have to disagree with you on this one Roel. I went to the presentation at the City chambers, and it is not a restaurant but a very small cafe we were told.
    There will be more parking (16 new car bays) up on Tuckfield St, once the oval landscape works start hopefully soon.
    There were 3 community consultations and an online survey during the Master plan phase, and the majority of people were dead against carving out any more of the Hill’s land for car parking.
    Enkel new all this from the beginning but they still went ahead with their proposal.
    We’ll wait and see.

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