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NEWMAN COURT CLOSED FOR KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

Posted in buildings, city of fremantle, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

Kings Square

 

The Newman Court thoroughfare between Queen and William streets is now closed to allow for the demolition of the former  Queensgate building and part-facade only- demolition of the former Myer building. It was not deemed safe to keep the narrow passage way open.

For me personally it is disappointing that I have no longer access to take progress photos of the demolition work and later on of the construction of the new Kings Square Project buildings, because from Kings Square palm trees obscure the view and from William Street the plane trees.

Roel Loopers

FIRST SHOW AT BITCHES BREW ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

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The new Fremantle Bitches Brew Art Space at 62 High Street had its first official opening last Friday of a photo and video show by Colin Story titled Greetings from Naval Base. The show is on till the end of next week.

Naval Base is a very interesting space and in my humble opinion the videos show that much better than the small photographs that lack a sense of ambience and the lifestyle there.

Framers Bitches Brew have been operating in Fremantle for 35 years by owners Nigel and Ruth Goodman,  and recently took over the gallery space of the Adam Monk nature photography. Their son Ben has now also joined the business.

The art space is hired out to artists and for functions and is near the corner of Pakenham Street in the beautiful heritage West End of Freo.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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WHY USE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN FREMANTLE PARKS?

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, health, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

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North Fremantle architect Murray Slavin, who lives near Fremantle Park, is worried about the City of Fremantle’s use of Glyphosates spray to eradicate weeds.

He says that he has contacted a number of councillors from the Mayor down to find out why we’re still using Glyphosates in our parks which are widely used – including by children and dogs, but that he has never had a response.

Murray says “Glyphosates are considered hazardous in many areas of the world now. The hypocrisy here is that we have tokenised weed control by using steam where it’s visible to the public but Glyphosates where it’s less visible. I think the practice should be stopped.”

This photo taken by Murray Slavin was taken within 20m of a children’s playground and in an area where dogs are walked regularly, sports are played, and picnics enjoyed on the grass.

Slavin says “This photo was taken adjacent to Fremantle Park but similar signs regularly appear in other recreation areas, including South Beach.”

So, City of Fremantle, so keen to promote itself as environmentally friendly, why are you still using the dangerous chemicals?

Roel Loopers

FREO COUNCILLORS EARNING THEIR KEEP TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

No one can claim with any credibility that Fremantle Councillors don’t earn their keep and that they are not working hard for our city.

Just have a look at the agenda for this evening’s Ordinary Council Meeting, which will be held from 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

COMMITTEE REPORTS- 1 PLANNING COMMITTEE 7 FEBRUARY 2018- 1 AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 13 FEBRUARY 2018- 2 ARMC1802-1 ADOPTION OF THE 2017 COMPLIANCE AUDIT RETURN- 2 ARMC1802-2 INVESTIGATION OF BEST PRACTICE PROCUREMENT OF ARTISTS IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECTOR 5- ARMC1802-3 OVERDUE DEBTORS REPORT AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2017- 8 ARMC1802-4 INTERNAL AUDIT REPORTS – PURCHASING, DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY AND INFORMATION/RECORDS MANAGEMENT 11 -ARMC1802-5 AUDIT AND RISK UPDATE FOR ASSETS 18- ARMC1802-6 INFORMATION REPORT – OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL PROCUREMENT PERFORMANCE AUDIT 22- ARMC1802-7 INFORMATION REPORT – PURCHASING POLICY EXEMPTIONS DECEMBER 2017 AND JANUARY 2018 24- ARMC1802-8 INFORMATION REPORT – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REVIEW 2017 PROGRESS ON ACTIONS 26- ARMC1802-9 INFORMATION REPORT – LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUDITING REFORMS 33 -FINANCE, POLICY, OPERATIONS AND LEGISLATION COMMITTEE 14 FEBRUARY 2018 -35 FPOL1802-1 STATE GOVERNMENT SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAG BAN – SUBMISSION ON DISCUSSION PAPER -35 FPOL1802-5 PREFERRED TENANT AND KEY LEASE TERMS – EVAN DAVIES, LEVEL 1, 13 SOUTH TCE 44 FPOL1802-6 REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT – 1A O’HARA STREET- 47 FPOL1802-7 DOG EXERCISE AND PROHIBITED AREAS POLICY 51 FPOL1802-8 CONSIDERATION OF DATES FOR SPECIAL MEETINGS OF COUNCIL FOR NEW COUNCILLOR DECLARATION AND TO CONSIDER MOTIONS CARRIED AT THE AGME -66 FPOL1802-9 UPDATE POLICY D.A.15 – PROCEDURES FOR THE DEDICATION, UPGRADE OR CLOSURE OF RIGHTS OF WAY- 68 FPOL1802-10 REQUEST FOR COUNCIL TO SET A FEE FOR RESIDENTS OF 7-17 HENDERSON STREET FREMANTLE TO PARK IN THE NEW SOUTH TERRACE CAR PART- 61 74 FPOL1802-11 ADOPTION OF MEETING PROCEDURES POLICY 2018 78 LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 14 FEBRUARY 2018 -136 LAC1802-1 LIFELONG LEARNING QUARTERLY REPORT OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2017- 136 LAC1802-2 REPORT TOY LIBRARY QUARTERLY REPORT OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 2017- 144 STRATEGIC PLANNING AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE 21 FEBRUARY 2018 -147 SPT1802 -1 KINGS SQUARE PROJECT – PUBLIC REALM CONCEPT DESIGN 147 SPT1802 -2 DRAFT LOCAL PLANNING POLICY 2.21 – R60 DEVELOPMENT UNDER CLAUSE 4.2.5 OF LPS4 – ADOPT FOR ADVERTISING 152 MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN 166 REPORTS BY THE MAYOR OR OFFICERS OF COUNCIL 167 STATUTORY COUNCIL ITEMS- 167 C1802-1 MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT – JANUARY 2018 167 COUNCIL ITEMS- 177 CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS -178 ARMC1802-10 CONFIDENTIAL REPORT – PROPERTY DISPUTE HIGH STREET ROAD RESERVE -178 FPOL1802-12 CONFIDENTIAL REPORT – CONSIDERATION OF REVISED OFFERS FOR PROPERTY DISPOSALS -179 FPOL1802-13 LEASE – 179 HIGH STREET, FREMANTLE- 180 AGENDA ATTACHMENTS 1 C1802-1 MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT – JANUARY 2018 -2 Agenda – Ordinary Meeting of Council 28 February 2018 Page 1 COMMITTEE REPORTS PLANNING COMMITTEE 7 FEBRUARY 2018 Nil.

I’ll will attend of course to keep Freo’s View readers up to date with Council decisions, and you can also read agendas and minutes on the City of Fremantle website to stay informed about what goes on in your community.

Roel Loopers

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NEW TIM WINTON NOVEL OUT SOON!

Posted in book, city of fremantle, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

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One of Fremantle’s most loved authors Tim Winton‘s latest novel The Shepherd’s Hut is due for release in March so make sure to buy a copy.

Alan, the owner of Freo’s New Edition bookshop has reviewed it on their website and writes that the novel is brutal and lyrical and that he loved it. “A thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning,….”

Go order your copy at New Edition, corner High and Henry streets in our gorgeous West End!

Roel Loopers

 

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ART AUCTION TO SUPPORT DISADVANTAGED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, homeless, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

ARTreach is an online auction by Fremantle’s St Patrick’s Support Group to support disadvantaged and homeless people.

There is some stunning art for sale so please do make a bid and do it to support the artists and not to get a very good artwork for next to nothing!

Check out and start bidding on the amazing art up for auction from the wonderful ARTreach programme. All proceeds from the sale go directly back to the artists. https://www.myminiauction.com/stpats

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SOUTH WARD BY-ELECTION FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

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There will be a candidate forum for the Fremantle South Ward local government by-election this Thursday March 1 at 7.30pm at The Local hotel on South Terrace.

I won’t be attending though as I have already voted, and so have most people who bother to take part in the council election.

Ballot papers were delivered 10 days ago and according to the WA Electoral Commission the vast majority of people vote during the first five days of receiving their ballot paper, so Thursday’s exercise seems a bit futile.

Roel Loopers

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DESTINATION MARKETING FOR FREO THE RIGHT MESSAGE

Posted in chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, comsumers, retail, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

Ivan Dzeba, the very likeable and always relaxed new president of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce spoke at the Fremantle Network at the National Hotel on Monday night.

Dzeba has been operating the very popular Benny’s Bar and Cafe on the Cappuccino Strip for 18 years so he has witnessed many changes in Fremantle and he firmly believes that Freo is a safer place now than when he opened his bar.

He said the priority for the Chamber was to support local businesses and attracting people in the present day.

Fremantle needs to become better at how we market ourselves and not create negative impressions.

The Chamber sees incredible scope in connecting businesses in O’Connor and Hilton.

We have so many things in Fremantle that other destinations don’t have but our destination marketing brand is not strong enough. There needs to be an umbrella message for Fremantle, not just lots of little unconnected messages we are getting on Fremantle Story, Dzeba said.

I have been wondering for years why there is no stronger focus on destination marketing from the City of Fremantle and getting the Fun Freo message out better, stronger and more focused.

Retail marketing is wasted as we can not compete at present with the large shopping centres. If destination marketing gets the people to Fremantle they will also shop.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CRIME RATES COMING DOWN

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

The Fremantle Network meeting at the National Hotel on Monday evening was mainly about community safety, crime and anti social behaviour.

The acting officer in charge of the Fremantle Police station Detective Sergeant Phil Gazzone, who also lives in Freo, gave a detailed account of the crime rate in Fremantle that has gone down steadily over the last few years, with the new bicycle patrol considered to be one of the reasons for it as officers can visit known trouble spots more often and faster.

The Detective Sergeant said that Fremantle was different from anywhere else in WA because it has all the elements. We are the second entertainment centre of the state, have many festivals, concerts, events, the beaches, museums, heritage, tourism and the port and that attracts a large number of people.

He said the vast network of City of Fremantle CCTV cameras was of great assistance to Police, who sat down each morning for briefings and create a list of benchmark balance contacts.

He said the key message he wanted to give is that crime in Fremantle is down by 5.7%, but that Police can not work in isolation and needs the support of the community, local traders, BID and the Freo City Community Safety officers.

Theft from shops, cars and bicycles theft is the highest crime rate in the CBD, but all crime rates are continually down on a weekly basis.

There is an online Smartbox where authorised people can upload photos of offenders that go straight to the officers on the beat and the 1300 366 666 number for the public was very efficient to report crime and get a fast response.

The new model soon to be introduced by the new Police Commissioner would see a focus on Perth and Fremantle.

Chris Scanlon, the officer in charge of the City of Fremantle Community Safety team spoke about their support for the Police and being on the streets from 7am to 9pm and now also had added till 2 am on Wednesdays to Saturdays.

He said the Community Safety team was keen to work with the Precincts and set up a Neighbourhood E Watch system.

The City would install 35 new CCTV cameras soon in locations decided in collaboration with Police, and would also introduce license plate recognition cameras at the entries to Fremantle.

Chris Scanlon said that improving the design of public spaces and better lighting was also a priority for his team.

There is no doubt that many people in the Fremantle community feel intimidated by anti social behaviour and foul language, but most of that is not considered crime and only move on notices are given, but the official figures provided by the relaxed and well informed Detective Sergeant Phil Gazzone prove that crime is coming down in Fremantle and that Police, Community Safety and BID are doing their very best to make Freo a happy and safe place to visit and live in.

Roel Loopers

GOLD MEDAL FOR FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle Prison for receiving the Gold Medal for Cultural Tourism at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards!

Visiting Fremantle Prison is a great experience which I recommend to young and old.

Knowing one’s history is very important to staying connected to our roots.

Have you tried the new CONVICT HISTORY tour there yet?

Roel Loopers

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