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CANTONMENT HILL PLAYGROUND PROGRESS

Posted in cantonment hill, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

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The children’s playground at Fremantle’s Cantonment Hill is progressing well and due for completion by the end of August.

Contractors have started to install play equipment today. Just a shame though about the faux limestone walls on such and important and expensive project.

 

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL WORK GOING WELL

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2017

 

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The Friends of Cantonment Hill have created a lovely walking tour map at Burt Street, so that people are aware that one can walk up the hill to get some of the best views of Fremantle, the port, and the Swan river.

Work on the playground area is well underway with retaining walls and steps being built, so the historic area will become a great destination for families in the very near future.

ENKEL should also be taking over the former Navy Stores building, as soon as earth works have been completed.

The former Signal Station is already well used by the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL PROGRESS

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, local government, placemaking, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

 

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Stage 1 of the Fremantle Cantonment Hill project is now underway and a start has been made on the new children’s playground, retaining walls, earth stabilisation and steps from Canning Highway to the top of the hill.

The steps are just to the east of the former Naval Stores where ENKEL will move into in a few months and disabled access will be built to the left of the steps.

One has stunning views over the port, river and Fremantle from the top of the hill and Fremantle Sea rescue has taken over the former Signal Station.

There is access from Burt Street (opposite Officeworks) to walk or drive up Cantonment Hill during the day, or walk up and do a bit of exercise.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL LANDSCAPING STARTING

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle by freoview on March 29, 2017

Fences have been erected around Tuckfield Oval at Cantonment Hill for the commencement of stage one of the landscaping and playground.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and other dignitaries will this morning at 10.30 turn the first sods to mark the significant occasion of the development of the historic site.

Works will comprise landscaping with water wise native plants, improvements to pedestrian access and the introduction of community amenities including barbecues, picnic and seating areas, a nature-based play space, lighting and parking.

Fremantle Sea Rescue has already moved into the Signal Station and the ENKEL changemakers group will move into the former Naval Stores later this year, so the development of Cantonment Hill into a community space and tourist attraction is now under way after many years of planning.

Roel Loopers

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CANTONMENT HILL PARKING ISSUES

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, development, TRAFFIC by freoview on January 31, 2017

It no longer comes as a surprise to me that City of Fremantle officers recommend approval for a 185 sqm restaurant and 285 sqm climbing wall for the Naval Store at Cantonment Hill as part of the long-term lease to the ENKEL collective.

More and more we see the non-approvable being recommended for approval by CoF officers and that is disappointing. It is a worry because Councillors take serious notice of the expert advise of the officers, even when common sense appears to be lacking in some recommendations to the elected members.

The ENKEL item is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Planning Committee but will be decided by the Western Australian Planning Committee.

City officers believe it is an acceptable proposal although there is not sufficient parking nearby and even drop off and pick up points near the Naval Store would be very challenging.

Officers say the lack of parking is made up for by the car park at the East Street jetty on Beach Street, but that would require people to walk up the hill and cross four lanes of the very busy Canning Highway at a dangerous intersection at a bend in the road. How many parents will risk this with their children to get to the climbing wall, and how many elderly people would dare to take the risk to get to the restaurant?

Parking and access is going to be one of the main issues with the Cantonment Hill development because activation will mean traffic concerns for local people and safety concerns for visitors because of the awkward location of the site.

It might have been better to create a car park with trees on the site proposed for a children’s playground just east of the hill, because it is unrealistic to assume that most people will visit the site by bike or on foot. Most will come by car and that has has not been catered for.

Bad call, officers!

Roel Loopers

 

SEA RESCUE MOVES INTO FREO SIGNAL STATION

Posted in cantonment hill, fremantle, sailing by freoview on November 27, 2016

 

I wasn’t aware of and not invited to the official opening of the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue moving into the Signal Station at Cantonment Hill yesterday, so I have pinched these photos from the Facebook page of Josh Wilson MP. Thanks Josh!

Because I wasn’t there I can’t tell or show you anything else unfortunately and that is disappointing.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL ROCKS DANGER TO NAVAL STORES

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, heritage, local government by freoview on October 8, 2016

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The City of Fremantle will need approximately $ 187,000 to make the limestone cliff face behind the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill safe, which means the ENKEL group occupation of the stores will be delayed.

Geotechnical consultants have found that the natural area behind the stores is unstable with a high risk of failure, so immediate action needs to be taken to secure the rock face and prevent rockfall on or near the Naval Stores.

The preferred method is the batter protection one, using an anchor system, mesh and fibrous shortcrete to stabilise the area and allow for regrowth.

Roel Loopers

 

GREAT $2,2 MILLION NEWS FOR FREO CANTONMENT HILL PROJECT

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, western australia by freoview on April 2, 2016

 

The Fremantle Cantonment Hill open day started with the very good news this morning that Lotterywest has granted the important City of Fremantle  project a $ 2,2 million grant and work on stage one will start in the second half of this year.

The Volunteer Sea Rescue organisation also received the keys for the Signal Station today and they will start moving brand new equipment in soon as well.

The move of innovators and incubators ENKEL into the former Naval Stores is just a matter of time and fine tuning the fine print of the long-term lease with the City.

Cantonment Hill will be a fantastic project for Fremantle that will become a very important tourist attraction because of its stunning views over the river, port and city, but also because of its very significant Aboriginal and British settlement history.

I was less than impressed by some local residents who claimed to have absolutely no knowledge of the project at their doorsteps and who already started complaining about losing views.

This project had extensive community consultation and coverage in the local media, City of Fremantle PR and even the West Australian, plus on social media and blogs, and the Friends of Cantonment Hill did do house to house letterbox drops with information, but the poor locals must have been asleep for the last three years and never heard of it all. Pathetic really! Don’t blame the process for your own ignorance but take part in the community you live in and inform yourselves.

The Cantonment Hill project is very important for Fremantle and will be another feature for our city.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL OPEN DAY THIS SATURDAY!

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2016

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My apologies for posting so many articles today but that is just the way it is. Sometimes I scratch my brain to find something to write about but today there is heaps to report. The variety of blog posts is probably one of the reasons some 45,000 people read this blog each month. Every article is also published on Facebook and Twitter and goes around the world.

TOMORROW, Saturday April 2 from 10-12 is the CANTONMENT HILL OPEN DAY and the Naval Stores that ENKEL will lease will also be open. There are also guided tours.

This is an extremely important project for Fremantle and the heritage and indigenous significance of the area has to be a priority, as is community access to the entire site. Come and have your say! I’ll be there.

Roel Loopers

CHEAP RENT FOR FREMANTLE NAVAL STORES

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, local government by freoview on March 13, 2016

I have no problem with the City of Fremantle wanting to sign a 5+5 year lease with the ENKEL group for the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, but I do have a few points I would like to raise.

The item is on the agenda of the newly named Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislations Committee this coming Wednesday at 6 pm.

The officer’s recommendation suggests ENKEL will only have to pay  a yearly rent of $ 35.00 per square metre for the 1,393 m2 shed plus outgoings. This is a community rate and not a commercial one the agenda states, but at the same time it says that ENKEL and the COF will agree to “subletting arrangements that may exceed the total payable rent.” What I can’t find is a clause that ENKEL can also only charge community rates when it sublets parts of the premises, as that would only be fair and would support community groups.

ENKEL was unwilling to share with the WA Circus School, so I am surprised they now want to sublet.

I am also surprised ENKEL and the City will sign a lease, as the artists at Arthur Head have been refused a lease and have only been able to sign a license with COF. Why treat ENKEL differently?

I am delighted, after the Sunset Events J Shed mess, that the lease will include a “Performance Criteria” check to make sure ENKEL is not just promising the world but then deliver nothing.

If you don’t know who ENKEL is, here is their vision:

OUR VISION IS A PLACE OF IDEAS WHERE PEOPLE ARE EMPOWERED TO CREATE BETTER FUTURES.

We work towards this vision by consulting to organisations, running innovation labs, organising courses, connecting and supporting changemakers and communities, as well as much more. All this work is aligned with and reinforces our values, the four C’s; Courage, Community, Conscience and Creativity.

Roel Loopers

 

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