Freo's View

SOLAR FARM COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, family, health, local government, pollution, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

The public gallery at the Ordinary Council meeting in North Fremantle last night was packed full with people, many of them families and children with placards.

They were there for the Solar Farm Business Plan item on the agenda, that deals with the proposal for the solar farm on the former heavily contaminated South Fremantle tip site.

Most speakers supported the Solar  Farm but were very worried about possible health implications for the community if the contaminated soil gets disturbed. They wanted to be assured that all possible safeguards would be in place to make sure that the health of their children would not be affected by any work on the site.

One man in his ignorance claimed that Council had underhandedly sneaked the Solar Farm through without public consultation, when in fact this has been on the public record for nearly a decade and the public consultation process will start with the planning application, since that is a legal requirement. Last night’s item was only about starting a business plan.

The unsuccessful recent South Fremantle election candidate thundered “Shame on you council!” for ignoring the consultation process, but that is factually wrong. She must have forgotten that she attended the community consultation meeting in the Townhall organised by the solar farm proponents and she should also know how due process at local government works and that every box has to be ticked under the local government act, and that the Solar Farm proposal was widely reported in the local media.

It is very frustrating to time and time again hear members of the community complain they did not know anything about planning proposals and blame council for their own ignorance, when these plans have been announced on the City’s weekly page in the Herald and reported in the Fremantle Herald, Fremantle Gazette, on Freo’s View, on the CoF website, Facebook and other social media platforms.

To claim that Councillors try to sneak a planning proposal past the community without them noticing it is insulting and laughable, as it would be in contradiction to the Local Government Act. Our elected members are not crooks who do sinister deals the community is left in the dark about!

Mayor Brad Pettitt assured the public gallery that Council would only approve the proposal if it was safe for the community.

The community needs to take ownership and has the onus to inform itself as one cannot realistically expect to receive a letter in the mail for every new plan in the city.

Health issues are extremely important for the Solar Farm proposal and under the Contaminated Sites Register and EPA laws stringent environmental guidelines will have to be adhered to if any soil disturbance is to occur, and we all will make sure that it will be monitored daily! I too live not far from the site and the southerly wind could easily blow contaminated dust here where there is also a primary school.

Roel Loopers

BUSY EVENING AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

It was a busy night at the full Ordinary Council of the City of Fremantle last night.

The Destination Marketing Fremantle was on the agenda, that will probably mean the demise of BID, and it sailed through with just a few mentions that BID had done a good job connecting small businesses and that the Economic Development and Marketing Department had a gap to close with the retailers in that regard.

Councillors expressed they hoped BID would survive in a kind of precinct form so that traders would stay connected and helped as volunteers at events.

It was unanimously decided to go ahead with the new marketing concept but $ 50,000 will be allocated from the budget for the Winter Festival and the Long Table Dinner.

Also-yes still!-on the agenda was the Sunset Venues lease for the No 1 unit at J Shed.

Councillors disagreed with speakers that the operators would not get the go ahead from the Western Australian Planning Committee for a smaller tavern, as there were examples on Rottnest Island and elsewhere where hospitality venues had been allowed on A Class Reserves and in heritage precincts.

It was mentioned that it would be hard to find another business that would be willing to spend a lot of money to put all the required infrastructure in and that Fremantle would get an improved asset.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said they had taken it back to where we originally wanted it to be as a small bar/cafe and restaurant that would activate the area.

The proponents will only have 12 months to start substantial development or the lease will be terminated. Only Councillors McDonald and Jones voted against the item.

Only Councillor Strachan did not support the License Agreement with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval. He questioned why the city was giving the club so much financial support in difficult fiscal times for the City.

The adoption of the new Precincts Policy was also approved with Councillor Sullivan expressing that he would like a more organic precincts system where groups would be less formal.

And the Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy also got the tick of approval from our elected members.

Roel Loopers

FOLLOW FREO’S LEADING BLOG

Posted in blog, city of fremantle, communication, community, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2018

 

yellow reflection

 

I have received a few emails in the last few days from people who want to follow this Freo’s View blog and receive email notification whenever I publish a new post.

It is pretty simple. On the right bottom side is a little CUSTOMIZE window. Open it and click on FOLLOW and c’est ca, as the French say.

All blog posts also automatically go to Twitter and Facebook, so if you prefer that just follow me on Twitter or befriend me on Facebook.

Freo’s View is very popular and has many followers but I can only write about things I know about, so if something interesting is happening, if you are organising an event, exhibition, open a new shop, etc. please do inform me by sending an email to roel.loopers@iinet.net.au. My blog is a free not for profit community service!

I photographed the yellow art reflection around lunchtime today.

Roel Loopers

DELAY FOR SPICER SITE SETTLEMENT

 

The monthly Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be held this coming Wednesday at 6pm and there are some interesting and controversial items listed on the agenda, so why not observe grassroots governance first hand and attend the meeting at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

On the agenda are Destination Marketing, the tavern lease for J Shed, the South Freo Solar Farm, the license with the South Fremantle Football Club for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Strategic Planning Framework, the new Precinct Policy,  and the Dog exercise areas policy.

Surprisingly listed as a confidential item is the request by Sirona Capital for the extension of the settlement for the former Spicer site, which now is the public car park on the corner of William Street and the Henderson Street mall.

The Spicer site development is part of the Kings Square Project the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital signed off on, and an important inner city development. Why does the Council debating the settlement extension request have to be confidential and not open to the public?

By the way, the new convenor for the South Fremantle Precinct is Sean Hefferon.

 

Roel Loopers

 

FROM THE FREO FPOL COMMITTEE

 

The Fremantle Council Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee last night approved all, but one, items on the agenda. Some of them will have to go through full council next week before being implemented though.

  • The contract for J Shed between the City of Fremantle and Sunset Venues will be changed for a smaller venue. The Director of City Business explained that is not a planning approval, so the proposed  300 patron tavern might still be stopped when and if Sunset Venues applies for it and for a liquor license.
  • The Solar Farm also got the tick of approval but Councillor Andrew Sullivan said he would have liked to see officers explore the possibility and costs of remediation of the site as it might well be profitable if it could be developed for residential living.
  • The new Precinct Policy was also adopted with Councillor Andrew Sullivan saying he never saw the need for precincts to be managed by the City, as community groups should rise and fall depending on the interest and participation of residents.
  • The contract for Fremantle Oval with the South Fremantle Football Club will also go ahead, so the footy club is getting all their Christmases at once. It appears they have been playing a bit of hard ball with CoF, so I am not sure why we so desperately need the club at the oval as it will not generate any income for the City. Not even the outgoings for power, water, etc. have reached an agreement yet. Councillor Rachel Pemberton was very worried about the big LED sign and said the City should make sure that the SFFC would not put up more of them.

Roel Loopers

 

BEAUT BEACY GENEROSITY!

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2018

 

The Fremantle suburb of Beaconsfield is the most generous suburb per income in Western Australia. It ranked No 1 in WA and East Fremantle came No 2.

Beacy is also the only WA suburb which made it onto the twenty most generous suburbs in Australia, ranking at 14.

Well done Beacy! Proud to be a resident here.

Roel Loopers

BEN FRENCH COOKING UP A STORM IN HEAVEN

Posted in accidents, city of fremantle, community, food, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2018

 

Ben 2

 

I am deeply saddened to hear that that beautiful man Ben French, co-owner of the Eat No Evil foodtruck has died.

Ben had a terrible scooter accident on Koh Samui in Thailand and was flown to Perth after a huge crowd funding effort, but sadly to no avail.

Ben was a really nice guy with always a smile on his face and foodies around town will mourn for him for a very long time.

My sympathies are with Ben’s family and friends. May he rest in peace and cook up a storm in heaven!

Roel Loopers

NEW SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR FREMANTLE PARK

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018

 

Fremantle Park community centre

 

It has taken a while but there are finally plans for the new Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre at Parry Street, which will be the new home for the Fremantle Tennis Club, the Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers clubs.

The project will include the demolition of the existing tennis club and bowling club buildings, the construction of the new Sport and Community Centre and the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green.

As a complementary project, the City of Fremantle will also build new public carpark on Parry Street that can be used by club members.

The three clubs decided in 2013 that they would be better off in a new, shared facility rather than paying to upgrade and maintain their existing clubrooms, and the Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street was no longer financially sustainable.

The City of Fremantle’s Community Facilities Plan – Future Directions 2036 – identifies Fremantle Park as a key sporting precinct including Fremantle Leisure Centre, Fremantle Sport and Community Centre and the playing fields, so this is the first stage in wider plan to upgrade the whole area.

The plans for the new building include three indoor function rooms – including a cafe, bar and commercial kitchen – and an alfresco area and balcony overlooking the sporting areas.

The cafe and alfresco area will be open to public and the indoor function rooms will be available for hire to community groups and for private functions. The sporting areas will be available to club members and also through casual hire.

The total budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

The project is due to go to tender in July, with construction expected to be underway in October and completed by August 2019.

The plans can be seen on the My Say Freo website and a community information session will be held on Thursday 12 April from 5.30 – 7.30 pm at the Fremantle Bowling Club.

The feedback received during the consultation stage will help to further refine the plans before the City progresses with the detailed design.

Roel Loopers

PRECINCTS THE VOICE OF THE FREO COMMUNITY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2018

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will this Wednesday deliberate if Council should implement a new Precinct Policy, to clarify working requirements and expectations.

The new Precinct Policy would allow for an Arts Centre, Inner City, Hilton, O’Connor, South City, White Gum Valley, Beaconsfield, Gibson Park, North Fremantle, Samson, and South Fremantle Precinct but would no longer consider FICRA and the Fremantle Society precinct groups.

It is clear under the Election Rules of the Precinct Policy, posted below, that the two groups no longer qualify. FICRA had their own candidate at the last October election and also were strong supporters of one of the Mayoral candidates, while the Fremantle Society endorsed election candidates in the election material of the candidates.

The Society also is not qualified to be a precinct because its members come from all over Fremantle and Perth and one of their committee members actually lives in Sydney, so they can hardly claim to be a precinct.

There needs to be a process in place though where members of the precinct community can vote out a convenor who is politically motivated and not objective, as happened during the last election in the South Fremantle Precinct.

Precinct can have a really important role in informing their community, liaising with city officers and councillors and help improve the area, as long as it is done without political bias, and that is a real challenge for all precincts.

Precincts must provide open, cost and commitment free membership where any interested community member is welcome to participate.

Administration 1. Each Precinct is to update the contact details for their precinct contact details and name of their convener with the community engagement team once a year. 2. All published material, including meeting notes and minutes, produced by a precinct, are to be made publically available within 14 working days of distribution or from when a meeting is held. 3. Each precinct group can decide: How to appoint their convener. The length of term and how many terms a convener can be appointed for Who will be the precinct contact person and action correspondence received. What the meeting schedule will be. If and how meetings will be recorded, for example, meeting notes or minutes. How best to share information with precinct members, for example, by email, social media, or through ‘Freospace’ (see definitions).

Elections 1. The Local Government Act 1995 does not allow the use of council resources to assist any individual candidate in their election activities. The City is also responsible for being objective, non-political and Agenda – Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee 11 April 2018 Page 73 unbiased therefore the City does not support local, state or federal electioneering and City funds must not be used for electioneering in local government elections. 2. The City acknowledges the role of the precincts in encouraging community interest in council elections, such as organising events to allow community members to meet candidates and hear what they have to say. However, Precincts must not use City funds to support any individual candidate or group of candidates in an election. 3. Precincts who wish to promote council elections must: include all candidates in any publications distributed containing information about the election. invite all candidates to participate in events or functions organised by the precinct, in relation to the election, in order to ensure each candidate is given an equal opportunity to participate.

Roel Loopers

PARMELIA PARK FIESTA ON TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2018

 

Parmelia Park Fiesta

 

The Parmelia Park Fiesta is on today in Chester Street in South Fremantle, so make sure to take part if you live down that way.

It is on from 2-6pm with a long table dining experience, live music, Croatian dancers, acr=ivities and the unveiling f a new mural by Olivia Samec and Kerry Stack.

There is food for sale and pony rides and a welcome to country by Trevor Stack.

See you there!

Roel Loopers

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