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HIGH STREET UPGRADE NEEDS EPA APPROVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, state government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 18, 2018

 

I received the below message about the High Street upgrade for freight to Fremantle Port from Main Roads, so important to share it with the Fremantle community:

As part of the environmental approvals process the High Street Upgrade project was referred to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). On 6 November 2018 the EPA determined that a public environmental review will be held for the project. As part of the environmental approvals process, we are releasing an Environmental Review Document for a public comment period from Monday 17 December 2018 to Friday 18 January 2019.

In the meantime we are continuing to progress planning and project development. You might have noticed us out and about undertaking a range of geotechnical and site investigations as we further develop the preliminary design.

In October we called for expressions of interest from industry as the first step in engaging a contractor to design and deliver the project.

Our noise assessment process also identified that the project requires noise mitigation in line with the Western Australian Planning Commission Road and Rail Noise Policy (State Planning Policy 5.4). Letters went out to property owners in October providing some initial information about noise mitigation.

Main Roads is also working with the City of Fremantle to develop a landscaping and urban design framework to guide the project.

Look out for future updates early in 2019 or visit the High Street Project page for more information.

FREO CIVIC CENTRE SPACE READY TO GO

 

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The demolition of the City of Fremantle’s old administration building in Kings Square is now complete, as the photo above shows, with 95 per cent of the building’s materials recovered for recycling.

A total of 6443 tonnes of material was removed from the site, including 5841 tonnes of bricks and concrete, 294 tonnes of steel and 83 tonnes of general waste.

The bricks and concrete from the old building will be crushed and recycled as road base or drainage materials, while the steel will be recycled and used in the manufacture of new steel products.

The demolition of the old administration building was carried out by experienced demolition contractor Delta Pty Ltd.

While the bulk of the project was carried out using heavy machinery, sections of the building connected to the historic Fremantle Town Hall were taken down by hand.

Scaffolding was erected to protect the Town Hall during demolition and noise, dust and vibration monitoring was conducted throughout the demolition process.

The project also included the removal of 224 tonnes of asbestos. Strict environmental management controls, including airborne control sampling, were in place during the asbestos removal.

The new building, designed by the world-renowned Kerry Hill Architects, is a key component of the broader $270 million Kings Square Renewal project – a joint initiative between the City and Sirona Capital.

Last month Pindan Constructions was selected as the City’s preferred contractor for the project, with the awarding of the contract now subject to final negotiations.

If those negotiations are successfully concluded construction is expected to start early next year.

Roel Loopers

 

NO SPIN PLEASE IN WESTPORT PROCESS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, fremantle ports, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 17, 2018

 

It is often difficult to see the facts through the haze of spin when important community, environmental and political issues are raised, as is the case with the strong lobbying for an alternative port at Kwinana by some community and political groups and by the Town of Kwinana council.

There were strong opinions for and against Roe 8, but it seems that now has been abandoned forever with the road reserve being canceled by the WA Labor government recently.

But when one reads Paul Murray’s column in the weekend West Australian a port at Kwinana would have the most negative and biggest environmental and social issues of Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, with Fremantle Port having the lowest impact assessment.

It seems strange that there has been political interference by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti who, according to Murray’s article, edited the report released by the Westport Taskforce last week. If that is true that should worry us all, as the environmental assessment published by the MUA is no longer part of the report.

It is very clear that the traffic bottleneck in North Fremantle  will hamper any substantial growth of Fremantle Port, so what will the State Government do about that?

The Maritime Union of Australia is strongly opposed to a Kwinana Port, because it would see a loss of jobs, and they say that Fremantle Port could double its container intake and could operate for another 20 years, but at what cost to the traffic flow in effected suburbs?

The Westport Taskforce started with a big bang and the assurance that everyone would be consulted and that it would be a transparent process, so it is essential for the State Government not to interfere with the process and not “edit” any of the findings by the supposedly independent taskforce.

Roel Loopers

IT HAS BEEN A VERY BIG YEAR FOR FREO’S FUTURE

 

I have been contemplating what the memorable moments in Fremantle were for me this year, so let’s make a start.

  • The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is no doubt the most significant one in decades for our city, so I walk by daily to have a look.
  • The Heart of Beacy project could positively change and modernise the suburb and provide much-needed urban infill.
  •  Andrew-Twiggy- Forrest showing faith in Freo’s future by investing in property here is significant.
  •  The Woolstores hotel development finally approved and two other hotels in Henderson Street as well.
  • If it is environmentally safe the South Fremantle solar farm will be a good development.
  • No more single-use plastic bags.
  • The tavern proposal by Sunset Events for J Shed was finally given the boot by the WAPC.
  • The removal of the stunning Felice Varini yellow art work is a major headache for the city and property owners in High Street.
  • Traffic calming in South Fremantle looks great and so does the Hilton Town centre.
  • Destination Marketing planning for Freo is under way, so let’s wait and see.
  • By-election for South Fremantle won by Andrew Sullivan-again.
  • The Long Table Dinner is huge, great and very Freo.
  •  Age Friendly City working group established.
  • Highrise proposal for Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle stopped.

It has been a big year for Fremantle and next year is going to be similar when many of the approved developments will start and the FOMO retail concept opens at Kings Square before Christmas 2019.

And at the risk of some people accusing me of sucking up, I want to express my thanks to Freo’s very diligent councillors. I do not always like their decisions, but they make them with care and after long deliberations, as I witnessed myself by going to about 80 per cent of council and council committee meetings this year, to see first hand how our grassroots democracy works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

MAKE OVER FOR FREO OLD WEIGHBRIDGE

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, heritage, historic, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 16, 2018

 

 

The lovely little old weighbridge building in the Phillimore/Cliff street roundabout is getting a make over.

Tuck pointing has finished and the City of Fremantle painter will be doing the rest to make it look good again, but I don’t think anyone has showed interest to move in and do something with the building.

The plans for a small bar there have been abandoned and that is probably better, as the roundabout is quite dangerous with motorists traveling against one way directions out of the car park and Fleet Street daily.

Roel Loopers

ENJOY THE MARKETS, MUSIC AND CAROLS IN FREMANTLE TODAY

 

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It does not look like rain at all this beautiful Sunday morning in Fremantle so get out and enjoy it!

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road till 12 midday for great fresh produce and yummy breakfasts and coffee.

Make sure to have a look at the Glen Cowans photography stall where my friend Louise sells amazing jewelry at very affordable prices!

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At the Fremantle Arts Centre free courtyard music session today Thando will perform her soulful R&B from 2-4pm.

From 5-8.30 on the Carols by Candlelight are on at Fremantle Oval with Libby Hammer and the Arcadian Voices, and food stalls for the hungry.

Roel Loopers

BAD BROWSER, WEATHER AND MOOD

Posted in city of fremantle, internet, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on December 15, 2018

 

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Hello Freo. I am back!

Finally back on line as my browser suddenly did not work this morning, probably due to my 10-year-old Mac. If anyone got a more recent one they want to sell for not too much please let me know.

Not much to report today, but the weather forecast is not too good for tomorrow so I am posting one of my favourite rain photos of 2018 again.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE YELLOW ART REMOVAL TO START IN JANUARY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2018

 

 

The City of Fremantle has selected the successful contractor for the removal of the Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse yellow artwork along historic High Street. It is BUDO Group Pty Ltd.

The City will now begin to program the works and take paint samples for matching paint colour .

As a result of feedback from owners, Freo City have planned to start on site in the first week of January, after Christmas and before the new semester starts for Notre Dame students.

The City has scoped the works to remove all the yellow foil and restore the affected buildings to the pre-art installation condition. In the event that owners decide they would prefer to vary the scope of works, the City proposes a couple of options:
1. Contact Budo for a quotation for the full works. The works can then be carried out as part of the City’s program with the City covering the cost of the works outlined in the Property Survey, access and traffic management and the owner covering the shortfall / or
2. If owners would prefer to organise the works through their own contractor, the City will cover the contribution as per the rate outlined.

The City received advice from the Heritage Council which supports the methodology and process being followed.

For owners who have not yet approved the City to undertake these works, the Heritage Council has advised that any work carried out outside of this tender would need to have it’s own independent Heritage Council approval.

The work to remove paint from pavements, lamp posts and roof tiles will be carried out by a separate contractor. This work will coincide with the work in January.

The City of Fremantle will now start to meet with owners who have approved the works to agree a program of works.

Roel Loopers

SUMMER FUN AT FREO’S VICTORIA QUAY

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, entertainment, food, fremantle port, hospitality, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on December 14, 2018

 

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The very popular pop-up summer DOCK Bar at Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port has opened again for a month, so a perfect spot to watch the sunset and have a cold drink.

The logo above is Vicky.  She is the face of summer at Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port .

Throughout summer there will be terrific activities including maritime movies by the quay, food and merchant markets, Rock Rattle and Roll  Festival and heaps more.

Roel Loopers

 

CIRCUS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FUN FOR KIDS

Posted in children, circus wa, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2018

 

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School holidays are starting so check out the activities at CIRCUS WA at Fremantle’s Princess May Park.

It’s the perfect spot for parents. Drop off the kids to learn circus skills such as juggling, aerials, tumbling, stilt walking, unicycling, etc. and have a relaxing break at Clancy’s Fish Pub next door. ; >)

For bookings and more info go to: http://www.circuswa.com

Roel Loopers

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