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FREO FANTASTIC FUTURE FOCUS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on August 31, 2017

 

 

The fence maze at Fremantle’s Kings Square already looks a whole lot better with the promo wording on it.

Also good to see BID putting signs up so people know where to park during the construction, and the City of Fremantle will also put up wayfinding signs in the area.

In this context I sent the letter below to the West Australia in response to an article they published today about the former Subiaco market site:

As a Fremantle resident I find Gareth Parker’s opinion piece on the development plans for the Subiaco Market, and the opposition by its council very interesting.

While 16 storeys for the market site are probably excessive, it is important that councils do find a middle ground to assist urban infill.

In contrast to Subiaco the Fremantle Council has actively promoted Fremantle as a pro development destination over the last eight years. That has now resulted in unprecedented development in our port city for forty years.

The Kings Square Project that starts this month is the biggest development ever seen in Fremantle, and the Woolstores shopping centre site will also soon be developed into a nine storey hotel, student accommodation and commercial spaces.

Not all development we are getting in Freo is outstanding, but at least most of it is in the run down east of the inner city and does not severely impact on the heritage character of the West End.

Fremantle, like Subiaco, had been stagnant for years, our traders are struggling and there are too many shop vacancies, but that will all be turned around through massive development and more people living and working in the CBD, and more tourists being able to stay overnight in new hotels.

Future focussed planning is essential and where Subi Council failed Fremantle Council excelled. There are lessons to be learned here for other councils.

 

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNI THE BEST

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 31, 2017

 

 

We are lucky to have such a highly-regarded and loved university in Fremantle. Notre Dame University consistently rates as one of the best in Australia.

Maybe it’s time to change our signs at entries to Freo and promote it as University City, like they do in the old country, where there is a real pride in Oxford, Cambridge and elsewhere.

 

Roel Loopers

HOW DESIRABLE IS URBAN INFILL?

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017

 

Fremantle LIV Defence Housing apartment development seen from Quarry Street.

 

There is an interesting article about urban infill in the West Australian today by the president of the Property Council of WA Tanya Trevisan.

Trevisan reports and reflects on a recent collaborative study by the PCA, Curtin University and CODA architects.

The study found that if the state’s infill target was increased from 47 per cent to 60 per cent, WA could save $ 23 billion by 2050.

According to the report supplying infrastructure to greenfield development costs up to three times more than urban infill development.

Tanya Trevisan argues that urban infill, when done well, offers balanced and diversity of housing. She writes that infill creates stronger communities and maximises the effectiveness of existing infill.

There is no doubt for me that the Perth urban sprawl is not sustainable and the Great Australian Dream of one’s own house with front and back garden can’t be sustained in our fast-growing city.

However, due to the mining bust, thousands of people have left the state, and fewer move or migrate to W.A. so our need for extensive residential development is also diminishing for the time being.

There have been serious social issues around the world with high-density living, so not all is good.

I believe there is also the need for new public transport nodes outside the inner character cities, because inner city living is often too expensive for those on lower income, students, etc. Building medium to high density in some outer pockets, where good public transport is provided, is essential as we can’t just stuff our unique centres with large concrete boxes, and destroy their character.

Tomorrow evening at 5.30 there is a Housing Forum at the Moore&Moore cafe in Freo’s Henry Street, so check it out!

 

Roel Loopers

BATHERS BEACH TOURISM POTENTIAL

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017

 

Bathers

fbh 1

 

Good to see some dune restoration at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach.

The BB precinct is developing well with the new Piazza at the Fishing Boat Harbour, the extension to Char Char Bull restaurant and the recent opening of the new Han’s Cafe.

The dustbowl in front of Kidogo Arthouse will also be replaced with grass, so it is all good.

My wishes for the area are to extend the boardwalk all the way to J Shed and provide public toilets at Bathers Beach.

The Arthur Head area is such a gorgeous part of the inner city, but I believe it is under-valued and not treated as a tourism development potential.

What it needs is real appreciation of it’s historic significance, the lovely under-used beach, and what the Fishing Boat Harbour traders and artists provide.

What it does not need is a soul-destroying tavern and brewery.

 

Roel Loopers

A-MAZE-ING KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017

 

 

Fremantle’s Kings Square is a maze of fences after contractors for Sirona Capital put fences around the Queensgate and Myer building.

The start of the biggest development project in Fremantle ever is only weeks away, with the demolition of the Queensgate building toward the end of September.

The new retail and entertainment hub will provide a much-needed boost for our local traders and the city’s economy.

Officers of the City of Fremantle were out this morning to check locations for new wayfinding signs, so no one will get lost in the maze.

The present fences will be replaced with more visually creative and attractive permanent fences soon.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO COMMUNITY CUP SUNDAY FUN

Posted in city of fremantle, football, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017

 

Community Sept 3

 

The Fremantle COMMUNITY CUP this Sunday September 3 should be a day of fun, music, footy, laughter and true Freo community spirit.

It starts at Fremantle Oval at 12 midday.

The AFL match between local musicians and the media should be a ball, so come along!

 

Roel Loopers

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UNION TRUTH ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

I was given a copy of an eight-page flyer The Truth About The Flawed Outer Harbour Plan, written by the Maritime Union of Australia WA Branch secretary and National President Christy Cain.

It’s always good to try to see all sides of an argument, so let’s have a look at the facts the MUA published in the leaflet.

# The MUA claims that Fremantle Port is only running at 50% capacity and that there is no need for a premature costly duplication of the port at Kwinana.

# The MUA supports the long-term vision of an overflow port at Kwinana when it is needed, but say it is not needed yet, and that the volume at Fremantle Port has been falling for some time.

# The proposed cap on Fremantle Port is lower than the current volume and would be anticompetitive, the union claims. It would prevent the current terminal operators to grow.

# 90% of containers to and from the port are on the road between 6am-6pm Monday to Friday. The port operates 24/7 but nearly all containers are handled in just 35% of all the hours available.

# Better coordination of road transport, plus general decline in volume has seen a 11% reduction in truck visits to Fremantle Port over the last two years.

# Rail is underutilised as is handles only 14.5% of containers, while it is designed to carry 30% of container traffic.

# The MUA says that if the outer harbour was built now, 20-30 years before it is needed, it would add $ 10 billion to the construction cost, making it a $ 15-16 billion dollar dud, that would cause a dramatic increase to freight costs.

# Fremantle Port supports 2,000 direct employees and an estimated total workforce of 6,000 direct and indirect employees servicing the port.

# The outer harbour would be automated and would have less jobs than Fremantle Port.

# Government Treasury predicts another 25 years of growth potential for Fremantle Port. It stated that artificial capping would result in earlier capital investment in the Outer Harbour and related road and rail infrastructure-imposing an unnecessary financial burden on the WA Government, container trades and the community.

If you have any questions it is best to contact the MUA as I won’t have the answers.

 

Roel Loopers

THE FUTURE OF HOUSING FREO FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, housing, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

There is an interesting forum Housing and the Future
 on at the Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street this Thursday August 31 at 5.30 pm.

The diversity and affordability of housing is something that needs to be revisited by state and local governments, and the way the government supplies social housing as well, so this will be a good forum to participate in.

The forum features WA Minister Peter Tinley, the Member for Willagee,  Hayden Groves, President of the Real Estate Institute of WA, and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Tickets are $ 50.00. Finger food, beer, wine and soft drink included.

Click on the link below for more info.

https://bradforfreo.tidyhq.com/public/schedule/events/15525-housing-and-the-future

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO KINGS SQUARE PROJECT NEAR START

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

KS fences

 

Fences are being put up this week around the Fremantle Kings Square Project for the start of the demolition of the Queensgate building, and the renovations and new facades of the former Myer building and carpark by Sirona Capital.

The fences are temporary ones, until more visually attractive fences have been created.

The City of Fremantle administration building will be demolished in January next year.

This is such a game-changing project for our city that I am really excited about. It will massively activate Kings Square and the surrounding streets and will be a real boost to our retail and hospitality industries and the city’s economy.

Fremantle is experiencing a very welcome unprecedented development boom and investment in our city, as a result of our Council actively promoting and encouraging Freo as a pro development city.

Not all the building we are getting are outstanding though, so we need to be careful not to get cheap and cheerful boring concrete boxes.

We are well on the way to great progress and the modernisation of the Fremantle CBD, that has been stagnant and tired for decades.

Roel Loopers

 

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MASTS BACK ON SS LEEUWIN

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, leeuwin foundation, Uncategorized by freoview on August 29, 2017

 

Leeuwin 1

 

The beautiful SS Leeuwin has her masts back after they were removed weeks ago for the yearly maintenance of the training vessel.

A sole man was up in one of the masts yesterday as the sailing ship was at berth at B Shed on Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port.

 

Roel Loopers

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