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ANOTHER TALK FEST ABOUT FREMANTLE’S VICTORIA QUAY DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, fremantle ports, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on February 5, 2019

 

Old plans for Victoria Quay by CODA

 

I am glad I don’t eat Weet-Bix because I would have choked on them reading the Fremantle Gazette this morning, where on page three it is announced that a ‘steering group’ has been formed with plans for the transformation of Victoria Qiay in Fremantle Port.

I wonder how many more steering and working groups, community and expert consultations and how many more announcements and spin doctoring it will take before we actually see any development on Victoria Quay.

The Steering Group will be chaired by Simone McGurk MLA and will yet again have members of Fremantle Ports, Freo City, Department of Transport, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, the Chamber of Commerce and the Westport Taskfoce on it.

A few years ago CODA architects were engaged by Fremantle Ports to go through a lengthy consultation process and plans were drawn up for Victoria Quay, but nothing ever happened.

Many, many years ago when she was also the Minister for Fremantle Port I walked around with Alannah MacTiernan and other dignitaries where she showed off the Phillimore Street/Cliff Street plans to connect the port better with the city, but nothing ever was done about it. The intersection there is awful with many motorists driving against the one-way traffic flow, while others who want to go to the B Shed ferry terminal end up on the South Mole due to very poor way-finding signs.

So now we’ll have another steering group where Transperth will tell us they don’t want to move the busport further east, we will also not see Pakenham street extended into the port, and I bet that the Cliff Street intersection at Phillimore Street will remain an unacceptable nightmare for motorists for many more years to come.

When will Fremantle Ports and the State Government stop wasting everyone’s time with more talk fests which have no action plans? It is a waste of manpower and taxpayers’ money!

Roel Loopers

 

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  1. freoview said, on February 6, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    And it could, in part, become a new Migrant Museum telling the stories of all those who came before us and made WA what it is now.

    Roel

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  2. Suzannej said, on February 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Caroline you need to peer through the windows of the original building where the immigrants were assessed. Pressed tin walls and ceiling etc. Peoples dreams of the good life in Australia commenced there. Think of how decrepit Ellis Island New York was and now it’s a major tourist attraction. Imagination, refurbishment and care could re-create the story of the history of so many now Australians for starters.
    History of the Waterside Workers and their trials and triumphs, plus boutique style interests within……

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  3. freoview said, on February 5, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Let’s give FOMO a fair go first, Shane before dismissing it.

    Roel

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  4. caroline said, on February 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I understand that the Pass Term has been refurbished inside – not seen it- but it is an amazingly unbeautiful edifice. The cars are okay The boats are okay I understand it has historical significance but it is a hard ask to make anywhere attractive with that long ugly building there I would fight for all the historical buildings in Freo any time But not that one.

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  5. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on February 5, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Another grand scheme to fix Freo. Once FOMO fails to do live up to expectations, this will be the next one for which we are told is guaranteed not to fail. Yet this is the reality in Freo today –

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  6. freoview said, on February 5, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I hope it will result in positive action soon, Brad, as we have been going through this for a long time, which is very frustrating for all involved as it is holding Fremantle back.

    Roel

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  7. Suzannej said, on February 5, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Another waste of money to end up as a file in a dusty cabinet.
    Hey Simone what about a bit of leadership on funding from your government for the states most historic Building The Round House and environs.

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  8. Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog said, on February 5, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Roel
    A key difference is that this one will look at all of Victoria Quay from the Maritime Museum to the traffic bridge and see if we can move the roll on roll off cars etc further south and open up the area around the Passenger Terminal. This is the first time we have got government agreement to look at this and the right people are around the table.
    cheers
    Brad

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  9. freoview said, on February 5, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    You cynic! 👿

    Roel

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  10. Gnangarra Lake said, on February 5, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    this report will be different, The Fremantle Society will oppose the plans

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