Freo's View

GREETINGS FROM THE BIG SMOKE

 

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Terrible noise from tradies in the unit above me drilling into bathroom tiles evicted me from my own home this morning, but my ears are still ringing after five hours, so proper warning should have been given in advance to protect my hearing.

Anyhow, I hopped on the train to Perth, where I had not been for five months or so and took the photos above.

Pathetic to see the cleaning attempts for Covid-19 by four young women at the Fremantle train station. Each of them with a wet wipe in each hand, but no spray, walking along the carriage and totally ignoring the individual hand loops that hang from the ceiling in the trains. The upright hand bars were also only cleaned as far as they good reach while standing upright. PTA get your act together!

Roel Loopers

STUNNING MORNING IN FREMANTLE

 

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What a stunning morning in Fremantle! It was crisp on my way to Chalkys cafe, but the walk back home was worth coping with the chill when I took these three photos of our beautiful city.

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A NEW PERSPECTIVE OF FREMANTLE

 

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An interesting perspective of Fremantle’s Kings Square Redevelopment Project and other changes.  A former synagogue that now is a great pub, a church that remains a church, Fremantle Markets that needs some TLC, a carpark with a new artwork, a former cinema now home of the Department of Communities, a former department store now government offices, and the cranes of Fremantle Port, that might no longer be a port in the near future

Progress of cities, good and bad, is inevitable and always fascinating to watch. Way back, as a commercial photographer I recorded the huge changes in East Perth for years and later, for over a decade, the Midland redevelopment.

It always intrigued me how many very good changes are diminished by a few bad ones. City planning is not easy and it’s impossible to please everyone.

Time will tell if the Fremantle changes will bring the revitalisation of our city, that is badly needed and we all hope for.

Roel Loopers

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LOCAL COUNCIL PLANNING POWERS ESSENTIAL TO BUILD COMMUNITIES

 

Nigel Satterley, one of Western Australia’s biggest property developers, called last night on Channel Seven’s Flashpoint for the removal of planning powers from local governments and giving those powers to state government agencies. Satterley said that local councils should be responsible for picking up rubbish and cleaning roads, but that there were too many different planning rules at councils and that created red tape, long delays and additional costs for developers.

So no local say on what we want our cities to look like, as there would be very little chance of community input at state agencies levels, who would be swamped with planning approval applications from every council in WA. How would they cope with that any more efficiently than local government planning departments and committees?

If planning powers are removed from local governments the state government agencies can just ignore the wishes of the communities about the height and density of new buildings and what our cities should look like. That would be a disaster, especially for older character councils such as Fremantle.

State agencies JDAP and SAT already overrule council decisions often and permit buildings of inappropriate height, ignoring local councils, such as the 13-storey building on the former Subiaco Market side, which locals believe is far too high for the low rise suburb.

I have no doubt that planning rules at local councils could be streamlined and the process made easier and faster for developers, and it is probably arguable that major developments should be prioritised ahead of the addition of a fence or an extensions. The glut of small development applications delay the administration of large developments, which just get a number and end up on the bottom of the heap.

The experience at JDAP has often been that the majority of three members overruled the two Councillors on the panel, who tried to support what their local community and council want. The danger of creating pro-development panels taking over planning approval from local councils would have a negative impact on our democratic rights and that is not acceptable.

Local government elections already have a very low voter participation rate. Do we really believe anyone will bother to vote when councils are no longer in charge of what our cities should look like?  Looking after rubbish and roads can be done by the administration and does not require elected members, so why not stop democracy and get rid of local councils all together?

Developers already have the option to get large development approved or rejected by JDAP, with only a recommendation for or against the proposal from local councils.

One of the major issues with large developments are that developers do not build communities, only buildings. Developers contribute very little to what needs to be done by local councils to make their development attractive. It are the councils who build the streets, roads, parks, playgrounds, etc All the things people want and need. If community building became a priority for developers and were a planning law requirement we would get better cities where developers take corporate responsibility more serious and present us with plans to build exciting communities, not just boring big boxes.

Roel Loopers

 

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STUNNING MANNING BUILDING A FREO ICON.

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2020

 

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The  beautiful Manning Arcade is now open and accessible from the High Street mall and Paddy Troy Lane. There is still a bit of work going on around the edges and at the back of the Newport Hotel, but one can now wander in from the south as well, so go and have a look.

The Grumpy Sailor cafe now has a Mexican garden alfresco area.

Silverleaf Investments deserves to be congratulated for the superb high quality redevelopment of the heritage Manning building. The new shop fronts and facades look great, as does the upstairs interior.

Roel Loopers

HERITAGE BEAUTIES FOR LEASE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2020

 

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These two stunning buildings in Fremantle’s historic High Street are for lease. The one on the right is all vacant while the one on the left has the Breaks cafe at street level, but amazing available spaces upstairs.

Any takers?

Roel Loopers

GOOD WEEKEND TO WARM YOUR SOLES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, shoes, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 20, 2020

 

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The mornings are very crispy, but the days quite gorgeous with brilliant blue sky, so go and explore our beautiful Fremantle this weekend!

There are so many hidden treasures, so many little shops and cafes, and so many beautiful buildings to look at.

Freo is good for your soul and perfect to warm the soles of your shoes.

Roel Loopers

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GLASS PANELS INSTALLED AT WALYALUP CIVIC CENTRE

 

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Following in the footsteps of big brother the West Australian newspapers, that proclaims exclusivity whenever it reports a dog fart, I yell and scream and wave my arms and declare EXCLUSIVE! ;>))

Yep, the first photo of the installation of the large glass panels at the Kings Square entrance of the City of Fremantle Walyalup Civic Centre, which is under construction, and nearing completion, at our city square.

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THE REALISATION OF A FREMANTLE VISION

 

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I had a walk around Fremantle’s Kings Square this morning to check out the progress of the Walyalup Civic Centre development.

Good to see the tourist Visitor Centre is open and Sirona Capital promoting the FOMO brand for the future retail and hospitality hub.

It is interesting that over the last few weeks I have bumped into many people, who told me how much they like Freo and its lifestyle and the sense of community we have here. I totally agree. While good old Fremantle most definitely is not perfect, it is a great place to live and visit.

Roel Loopers

KINGS SQUARE LOOKING IMPRESSIVE

 

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Sirona Capital is adding some definition at street level of the Henderson Street carpark, with the installation of windows, and that looks a lot better than the black hoardings.

At The Walyalup Civic Centre detailed work has started on the main Kings Square entrance and brickwork. Personally I can’t wait for our new council building to open later this year.

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