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HUGE CROWDS AT WEST COAST EAGLES CELEBRATION

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, football, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2018

 

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I know there are a lot of West Coast Eagles footy fans in Fremantle, even when some Dockers supporters believe that one needs to hate the Weagles when one loves the Dockers.

So I hopped on the train to Langley Park in Perth to get a glimpse of the celebrations of the new AFL premiers, who did not end up with the wooden spoon.

Thousands made the long pilgrimage from  the Esplanade train station to the far east end of Langley Park and the queues to get the very first and freshly printed Premiers merchandise were huge already at 12.30 pm as these photos show.

I am not a big fan of big crowds so hopped back on the train and did not wait for the team to arrive.

Go the Eagles!! I hope the premiership of their local rivals inspires the insipid Dockers.

Roel Loopers

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WRAY AVE PARKLET TO BE RELOCATED

Posted in city of fremantle, community, parking, parklet, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2018

 

The beautiful Wray Avenue parklet has been removed and will be given some TLC and relocated to another street in Fremantle.

The parklet, designed by Jean-Paul Horre, was designed to be a solar power one but issues with Western Power prevented it from being connected to the grid, hence the City of Fremantle is now trying to relocate the parklet to a location where solar power can become part of it. Stay tuned!

Roel Loopers.

 

SOUTH FREMANTLE TRAFFIC CALMING CONTROVERSY

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2018

 

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The first stage of traffic calming along South Terrace in South Fremantle is now completed near the intersection of Little Lefroy Road.

Footpaths have been widened, new trees planted, new benches installed, and four of the hated speedhumps have been removed.

But there is already criticism on the South Fremantle Precinct Facebook page with people complaining about the power lines still being above ground, alleged shoddy workmanship, and that traffic would now divert onto other roads and become a nuisance there.

All these issues were addressed during the lengthy and thorough community consultation process, and we should acknowledge that the whole process started at the request of local residents who wanted a safer environment for pedestrian and cyclists, and who complained that entering South Terrace from side streets was a hazard.

Most councils require local property owners to pay a substantial percentage of putting power under ground, and that was not supported at the community consultation sessions.

It is common knowledge that impatient motorists will always try to find alternative routes when they feel that traffic calming slows them down too much, but South Terrace was considered more of a residential area that warranted traffic calming and slower speeds than Hampton Road and Marine Terrace.

Roel Loopers

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THE FREO MARKET BAR IS BACK!

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2018

 

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Market Bar

 

The Fremantle Market Bar is back! But it is not at the markets but in Essex Lane opposite the Luna on SX cinema.

I really like the cosy bar and undercover alfresco area, and it will be great for functions and parties as well, so go and support a new local business.

In the beginning they just open Thursdays to Sundays but that might change once it becomes more known and popular.

Roel Loopers

J SHED TAVERN LEASE TERMINATED!

 

In a great exclusive the FREMANTLE HERALD today reports on its front page that Sunset Events has asked the City of Fremantle to terminate its 21-year lease for a tavern at J Shed.

The development approval was rejected by the WA Planning Commission last month, but there were fears in the community that Sunset Events might take it all the way to the State Administrative Tribunal, instead the events promoters decided to walk away from the Bathers Beach venture.

This is an amazingly good outcome for the Fremantle community and heritage groups who protested long, loud and clear against the inappropriate proposal, but the majority of Fremantle Councillors just did not want to listen to them and now have egg on their face for pursuing this for far too long.

It is now time for Fremantle Council to revisit plans for J Shed and the entire Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, which needs to have new innovative ideas to activate it more and better and to make it a tourist destination in the significant heritage area just below the Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers

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THE SOCIETY ALWAYS KNOWS BETTER

 

In his latest communication with its members Fremantle Society president John Dowson laments the vitriolic and nasty comments on social media platform Fremantle Massive and blames Fremantle’s leadership for the divided Fremantle community.

JD, who has returned to Fremantle after spending most of the year in the UK, then continues with his customary attack on our Council, claiming that the vision for the town centre is all wrong, presumably because Freo Council encourages medium-rise buildings.

JD writes that a symbol of Freo Council getting it all wrong is that they did not fly the Australian flag on Queen’s birthday. I am more inclined to believe that the many building developments around Fremantle are a symbol of Freo’s prosperous future, but hey, why be positive about progress when you can have a whinge about a flag not being flown.

Of course the issue of the removal of the old Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square also deserves another attack on Mayor Brad Pettitt, who according to JD single-handedly relocated the Christmas tree from the Esplanade to Kings Square. A very silly accusation to make for someone who was a Councillor for four years and who knows how the council process works.

No matter what the issues are JD’s experts are always better than the ones the City of Fremantle engages, be that architecture, city planning, or trees, so the president received the opinion that the fig trees could have lived many years longer at Kings Square, contrary to the advise CoF received from expert eastern states arborists, who flew over, injected the soil, monitored the trees for a long period, and who decided the trees would become a public hazard if left there. The City even had a community consultation process period about the removal, so it was all pretty transparent.

The only positive in JD’s email to the FS members is that the Guildford Society has offered nine-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees to the City of Fremantle, according to the president.

We know that CoF officers are sourcing to replace the so-called Christmas tree, next to the new playground, with another mature Moreton Bay fig tree. One issue is how to get a mature tree through the streets, and the officer in charge told me on Wednesday that they are already looking at the possibility of having to use a helicopter to do that.

The sun is shining, summer is on the way, John Dowson, and the glass is half full. Fremantle has a great future ahead, and new development won’t destroy our beautiful city, just change and modernise parts of it. Inspire your Fremantle Society members with creative new and positive ideas for our city, not just the same old vitriolic rants and attacks on the Mayor, which are becoming tedious and irrelevant.

Roel Loopers

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PERCENTAGE FOR THE ARTS QUESTIONED BY SAT

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2018

 

It is disturbing for WA artists and local governments that the State Administrative Tribunal(SAT) has expressed the opinion that the percentage for the arts policy should not be part of local government development approval.

SAT expressed that the percentage for the arts was just a way for local councils to get public art they would not have to pay for themselves, but that is a very narrow-minded opinion, as culture is extremely important.

Public art enhances the public realm significantly and the percentage for the arts has given local artists opportunities to create significant artwork for which they get commissioned and is an important source of income for them.

If public art should only be paid for by local ratepayers, small and financially struggling councils would never be able to put decent public art in the public realm, and that would mean communities and future generations would mis out on great contemporary creations.

The SAT opinion was expressed during a hearing about new asphalt plants in Hazelmere by BGC, and I do agree that industrial development should be exempt from the percentage for the arts scheme, but that it has to remain in place for commercial and residential development in our councils.

Art is the spice of life and should be accessible to all, not just a few rich councils that can afford to pay for it.

Roel Loopers

FLY BY NIGHT CHARITY CONCERT

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, concert, fly by night club, health, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2018

 

FLY charity concert

 

The Fremantle Fly by Night Club will be holding a charity concert for Chris Wilson, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The Chris Wilson Benefit Gig concert is this Sunday September 30 from 4-10.30pm and the entire cover charge will go to Chris Wilson, so please support this good cause and enjoy a great concert.

Roel Loopers

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MORE CCTV SURVEILLANCE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, crime, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2018

 

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The City of Fremantle will receive a $ 928,000 federal government grant to upgrade its CCTV system and also implement Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, at the request of WA Police.

The CCTV plan 2019-2023 will see the installation of an additional 25 fixed high definition, 360 degree CCTV cameras, five of the ANPR, two mobile CCTV trailers and installation of optic fibre within the CBD.

Future expansion of CCTV in the suburbs at key locations is also planned.

Councillor Sam Wainwright was concerned at the Ordinary Council meeting last night that facial recognition technology might just be added without Council approval, but was assured Council would have to approve it before it could be implemented.

Roel Loopers

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PLANNING FOR FREMANTLE’S FUTURE

 

The Ordinary Council meeting of the City of Fremantle had two interesting potential development items on the agenda, the first one the application by Silverleaf Investments for the removal of four free half-hour parking bays and one loading bay at Market Street, so that they could widen the footpath and re-instate the awning along the Manning Building to improve pedestrian amenity and safety, and lighting under the awning.

The attempt to restrict the use of shops there to retail only and not allow alfresco was squashed with a motion by Councillor Adin Lang who argued that market forces should decide the use of shops, not council policy.

I find it hard to accept the argument for better pedestrian safety and amenity, as Silverleaf’s Robert O’Brien did, when the relatively narrow footpath can be made even narrower and more cluttered with alfresco tables and chairs, which will restrict the flow of walkers.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton’s suggestion to plant trees was unrealistic, as trees would interfere with the proposed awning and also on the road side with public transport and tourist busses which use Market Street very frequently. She was correct however that the City should be doing something about the excessive signage as too many A-frames clutter our streets. They have become a hazard an visual pollution.

Councillor Sam Wainwright argued that it was time to relocate bus stops along the Cappuccino Strip, especially near Fremantle Markets. The item was passed unanimously.

Another very interesting item was the Lefroy Road Quarry Local Structure Plan that would allow for substantial development near the Portuguese Club and the heritage-listed 1890s Healy House, with buildings of up to eight storeys permitted.

To maintain good views to Healy House was considered essential, as was public access and connectivity through the site. Councillor Andrew Sullivan said it was a very difficult site to develop and it needed to be a combined effort by the developers, community, Portuguese Club and Council to make it work. It was important for Council and planning officers to have a good relationship with the proponents as it will require robust conversation and compromises.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton stressed that design excellence on this landmark site was really important. The item was passed unanimously.

Roel Loopers

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