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FREO COMMUNITY DEMANDS GREAT ARCHITECTURE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2017

 

Woolstores

 

The latest boring and bland development proposal for the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre by Silverleaf has made me aware once again that planning laws, rules and regulations are not adequate to ensure quality development in Fremantle.

It is not the height that worries me most, although PSA 49 should never have allowed anything higher than 8-9 storeys in the CBD, but it is the uninspiring architectural blandness of the proposal that makes me want to pull my hair out in frustration.

I like it that Silverleaf develop the properties they acquire relatively fast, but they are major development players in our city and need to understand they have a corporate responsibility to the Fremantle community to build high quality development, and not run of the mill mediocrity.

Silverleaf has every right to want to maximise the investment dollar with height and floor space, and I do understand that the triple bottom line is a priority for them.

They will also be developing the Manning Arcade and Henderson Street justice and police complex and adjoining Warders Cottages in the near future, so they need to realise that they do have an obligation to leave outstanding buildings for future generations.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company could have built a boring four-storey concrete box in Cliff Street, but instead got North Fremantle Slavin Architects to design an exceptional building for them that is heritage of the future quality.

After community backlash and Council rejection of the proposal, Notre Dame University decided that their community responsibility demanded they start all over again with the design of the new School of Nursing and Midwifery, because they understand their corporate obligations to Fremantle.

Developers who want to invest in Fremantle do need to understand they have an obligation to embrace, respect and enhance the unique character of our city. The anything goes and it’s good enough attitude toward development is not tolerated by the community.

Architects and designers should create more Fremantle-appropriate architecture that shows sensitivity toward Freo’s uniqueness, and major developers such as Silverleaf should insist on outstanding design because the Fremantle community demands it.

Great development is a win win for all!

Development plans can be viewed on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers

ENJOY FREO MELLOW AND YELLOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2017

 

High Street from tunnel

Fremantle High Street

 

It is going to be a nice warm week in Fremantle, so come and enjoy the sunshine in beautiful  historic High Street and be part of the Felice Varini yellow artwork.

Great coffee and food at the Yellow Lines Cafe, also known as CHALKYS!

 

Roel Loopers

SUNSET FOOD UNDER FREO BRIDGE

Posted in city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2017

 

 

The Monday night UNDER THE BRIDGE FREO FOOD TRUCKS at the Fremantle East Street jetty is becoming very popular with locals.

It is a very Freo setting at the Swan river with the sun setting behind the port, while eating delicious food in a relaxing environment.

Food from Flying Fallafels, Eat No Evil, and others, music, fresh air and views of the Rainbow artwork.

It is on every Monday during the summer months from 5pm till about 8.30, so go and check it out next week!

 

Roel Loopers

 

INTERNATIONAL CITIES CONFERENCE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2017

 

Fremantle Deputy Mayor Ingrid Waltham returned with good news from the ICTC 2017 conference in Melbourne.

It was announced that next year Fremantle will host the International Cities Town Centres and Communities Conference, which attracts 300 delegates and other visitors.

 

Roel Loopers

 

HOW WILL FREMANTLE DEAL WITH AGEING POPULATION?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, seniors, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2017

 

The Committee for Perth has released their latest FACTBase research about our ageing population and Fremantle Council better take note off it.

Some of the key findings from the report were:

In 2016, 50% of West Australians were of working age, there were 29 children for every 100 people of working age, and 21 adults aged 65 for over for every 100 people of working age.

The Productivity Commission has predicted that the demographic changes in WA are going to happen so quickly that we will find ourselves in a demographic environment that is entirely unfamiliar to us.

By 2060, it is predicted that 1 in 4 West Australians will be aged over 65 and there will be 25 centenarians for every 100 children aged under one.

Most elderly people ‘age in place’. This could be a significant issue because urban design, transport systems and access to services in outer suburban locations tend to be less suitable for retirees.

A central tenant of delivering positive economic outcomes will be achieved by allowing older people to remain active and valued members of the workforce and the community.

There is currently a shortfall of 3,500 beds for the elderly across Western Australia.

Aged care providers say there needs to be reduction in red tape, so they can manage the demand for their services.

There needs to be more diverse conversations happening across the broader community about the issues and opportunities associated with an ageing population.

The success of delivering positive economic outcomes for ageing West Australians is to innovate, adapt, maximise public sector efficiencies and take advantage of technology to reduce the financial impacts of ageing and capitalise on the opportunities offered by living longer, healthier lives.

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FREO HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL AT NIGHT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2017

 

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I went and had a look at the evening art of the High Tide biennale of the Fremantle Festival, although there was an ice-cold wind blowing last night.

The Ships in the Night projections by Jo Darbyshire on the Fremantle Port building, and the Uprising blue smoke by Tom Muleller inside the Roundhouse.

Felice Varini’s Arcs D’Ellipses looks different at night and the beautiful festival hub by Harris Architects looks wonderful.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S BLESSING OF THE FLEET

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

Here some photos of today’s Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet, one of my favourite events in Freo.

Mayor Brad Pettitt was there with partner Emma and baby Aiofe, and so was Federal MP Josh Wilson, as was local member Minister Simone McGurk, and Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge.

 

 

Roel Loopers

FROM BRAD TO BAR

Posted in city of fremantle, election, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

 

The local council election is over and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is very much into recycling and looking after the environment, so it is no surprise that this election poster was recycled and the back of it used to indicate the Fremantle Festival bar at Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

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NOTHING MISERABLE ABOUT FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

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There is always something going on in Fremantle and this morning proved it again.

When I walked out of Chalkys after my routine daily espresso there, I noticed a lot of young people in period costumes, so had to find out what was going on of course.

It was O’Connor-based  MSJ Productions doing a Les Miserables music video with their students.

MSJ does vocal, dance and theatre classes, so if your kids are interested have a look at the website.

Roel Loopers

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FREO BLESSING OF THE FLEET TODAY!

Posted in blessing of the fleet, city of fremantle, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

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The BLESSING OF THE FLEET is one of the great Fremantle traditions for me and I never miss being there. It is on TODAY, so make sure to come and watch it!

It is very special to see the procession slowly walking through the inner city and ending up at the Fishing Boat Harbour where they all board fishing boats that then snake through the harbour.

There are fireworks at 3 pm and 8 pm, so come along for this very special Freo afternoon!

It starts at 2 pm at the Basilica in Adelaide Street.

Roel Loopers

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