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SNIPPETS FROM THE FREMANTLE COUNCIL MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2019

 

The agenda of the Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting was 250 pages long, so there were many items on the agenda, too many to go into too much detail here on the blog, but there are two more articles below this one about it.

  • The Freo Street Doctor will receive $ 20,000 sponsorship.
  • Winterworld‘s funding application for $ 25,000 cash for the next three years, plus in-kind support of $ 45,000 for using the Italian Club carpark, has been reduced to $ 25,000 cash this year, down to $ 20,000 next year and down again the year after to $ 15,000. The in-kind support remains the same for the three years.
  • McCabe Street in North Fremantle will be getting traffic calming in the form of a speed-reducing plateau near Tasker Place, but Councillor Andrew Sullivan said more needed to be done about the public realm and the area needs more forward planning.
  • Improvements to the Hampton Road and Lloyd Street intersection in South Fremantle will be made.
  • Improvements to the Parry/Adelaide/Queen Victoria streets intersection also on the cards.
  • A container deposit scheme for plastic bottles will be investigated.
  • A City Centre Land-Use Mix policy to avoid too many of the same businesses, such as taverns in the CBD, is being considered.
  • The Fremantle Alternative planning policy is almost there. It just needs some tweaking required by the Minister for Planning.
  • Gas-filled balloons will no longer be permitted on City of Fremantle property.
  • Officers have been asked to write a Film Friendly Freo policy for Council to consider.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

CALOGERO’S ALFRESCO GETS APPROVAL

Posted in alfresco, cafe, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2019

 

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South Fremantle’s Calogero’s cafe are allowed to keep their unauthorised alfresco area after Fremantle Council reluctantly agreed to approve it with some modest modifications such as providing substantial bike racks.

The main issue with the unauthorised development was the removal of four car parking bays from the site to make way for tables and benches, but Councillor Dave Hume argued that there were other means, such as the CAT bus to get to the area and it did not rely on cars only as transport.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said that when he looked at the alfresco from a community perspective it worked and he would not swap the ambience it created for a few car bays.

But Councillor Rachel Pemberton was not at all happy with the cavalier-attitude of the cafe owners who seem to think they can just do anything they like and ignore council laws and processes.

Now the cafe owners will have to put bike racks in the cross-over so that they cannot park their delivery van there either, so they’d better get on with that fast.

My one comment about this is that I in general don’t like retrospective approval, but I also don’t get it that it is o.k. for cafes to take street parking bays away to create alfresco parklets but that one cannot do that on one’s own property. That makes little sense to me.

Roel Loopers

 

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LITTLE LANE BIG DEVELOPMENT FOR FREMANTLE

 

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It looks like the Little Lane residential development by the Yolk Properties group on the former Spotlight site at Fremantle’s Adelaide Street will soon be getting under way.

Retail incubator Many 2.1 which occupies the building have just announced that their last day in that location will be Sunday March 10.

This will be the closest residential development to Kings Square, so it will be exciting to see it going up.

Meanwhile we are still waiting for the SKS Group to start on the Hilton Doubletree hotel down the road from Little Lane on the corner of Adelaide and Point streets, but I hear rumours that they might even start their Cockburn hotel before starting the very much delayed one in Fremantle and that would be unacceptable.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE INNER CITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRESSING

 

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Work is well under way at the Manning Building redevelopment by Silverleaf Investments, with some parts at the back being demolished.

Also a quick start by Pindan on the new Fremantle Civic Centre development with earth moving equipment already at work this morning, although the contract was only signed six days ago. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Sirona Capital boss Matthew McNeilly were on site to watch the progress.

And on a naughty, tongue-in-cheek note. Fremantle Society president John Dowson, a fervent royalist, will hopefully just be a tiny bit happy that the Manning project is done by Buckingham builders. šŸ˜

Roel Loopers

STREET GAMES FREO FITNESS FUN

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fitness, homelessness, social services, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2019

 

 

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I was surprised to see so many people turn up for the first Street Games at Fremantle’s Princess May Park this morning.

It was already hot and humid but they braved the conditions to kick and handball the footy and do boxing exercises to get them in good shape.

The weekly Wednesday event from 10-11.30am is organised by Reclinc, St Patrick’s, with help from Notre Dame University and the South Fremantle Football Club.

It was relaxed fun, so I hope it will grow. Nice to see Councillor Adin Lang also visiting to show his support.

Roel Loopers

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STREET GAMES SOCIAL SPORTS START TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fitness, health, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on February 27, 2019

 

Street Games. Feb 27

 

STREET GAMES is starting today in Fremantle’s Princess May Park, so go and check it out!

Every Wednesday from 10-11.30am free social sports will be played; AFL, cricket, boxing, etc.

It should be a fun and social way to get or stay fit, and meet new people.

People of all abilities and genders are welcome, so don’t be shy!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S YELLOW ART REPAIRS ON BUDGET

 

 

There are a few rumours around town and on (anti)social media about the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini artwork and the patching up and painting of the facades of the heritage-listed buildings along Fremantle’s historic High Street.

I wanted to find out first hand what is going on as claims were made about additional work costing the city a lot more money, etc. so I asked Graham Tattersall, Director of Infrastructure and Project Delivery of the City of Fremantle to clarify what is happening, so that we are all on the same page, as they say, and all white elephants are taken care of.

Here is what he emailed me:

“I can clarify that we received council approval to allocate a budget of $211K (for all removal works and associated tidy-upā€¦inc buildingsā€¦.and roofs, pavement, lampposts etcā€¦).

Our (internal) measured pre-tender estimate for the building removal works was $130k. This included a 10% contingency for potential additional painting to ensure match-ups.

The tendered works for removal of Art-work (from the High St buildings) was ultimately won by BUDO; the agreed contract sum actually being $113k. There have been some minor variations to this figure (to ensure faƧade match-ups) but we are still well within our contingency allocation.

At this point I am confident that all works related to remove the yellow foil from buildings will be covered by the contract and contingency.

Some additional work to buildings on High Street is being carried out by BUDO under instruction from the owners (for example, numbers 8, 12 and 32 have opted for a full faƧade paint). In these cases, the City is funding the removal of the yellow paint and remediating paint work where the foil has been (as specified and tendered) and the owners are funding the rest.

We are also looking to refresh some of the Cityā€™s existing assets down High Street (painting of lampposts, tree pruning, relocation of benches to High Street, potted trees). However, this work will be covered by operational, maintenance budgets.”

I walk by the repair works a couple of times a day and am very impressed with the new look High Street, so I hope the work will all get done within budget and on time.

Roel Loopers

WINDOWS INTO FREMANTLE’S FUTURE

 

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A nice minimalist photo of the William Street facade of the new building that replaced the Queensgate building as part of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

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VETERANS ART SPACE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized, veterans by freoview on February 26, 2019

 

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Fremantle, the city of arts, is getting another art centre with Military Art Program Australia opening a new art meeting hub for veterans at 17 Parry Street in the beautiful Legacy building.

The meeting hub will be all about connecting through art with studio spaces to let, art classes, exhibitions, etc.

Contractors are renovating the interior currently so stay tuned for news about the opening date.

Roel Loopers

NORTH FREMANTLE COMMUNITY NOT HAPPY WITH GROWING PORT

 

The North Fremantle community is not happy that Fremantle Council is officially supporting a continuation of a working Fremantle Port.

Ann Forma and Gerard MacGill of the North Fremantle Community Association have published a paper scrutinising facts and criticising new plans and the lack of consideration given to the impact a growing container port will have on local residents.

Forma and MacGill question why Fremantle Council have pre-empted the outcome of the Westport Taskforce by stating it wants “To retain and if possible expand this economic activity into the future, the inner harbour should be retained in the long term as an operating port.”

A Port study in 1991 already asked if the port will still be adequate in 30 years, and if not if it could be adapted or should a new port be constructed, and if so, where?

In 2005 Fremantle Ports’ preferred future was an overflow container port on an artificial island at Navel Base, south of Henderson.

The leases for DP World and Patrick’s at North Quay expire at the end of June this year, according to the NFCA report, but the preferred option of Fremantle Ports is to sign new seven-year leases with the stevedores, which would have the option of two future seven-year period extensions, so for a total of 21 years, ending in 2040.

The North Fremantle Community AssociationĀ  paper states that the North Fremantle community paid a big price over the last 50 years with the ever-increasing port activities, but that the social and environmental impacts have never been properly assessed.

Roel Loopers

The NFCA report in full here:

Fremantle Ports Container Terminal History and Future

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