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NAVAL STORES WORK CONTINUES FOR ENKEL

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, development, enkel, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2019

 

Naval Stores

 

Work on the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill is continuing, to create a new home for the ENKEL group.

The windows have been gutted but the inside still looked much the same when I had a peak through the wide open door on Monday afternoon. A large steel beam has been put along the entire north side, as you can see though the open windows

I have no idea what the timeline is for Enkel to finally move in after delays and reduction of Fremantle Council budget for renovating the old shed.

Roel Loopers

FREO GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, city planning, development, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2019

 

Shacks 1

Shacks 2

 

The opportunity for two large Fremantle gateway developments are on offer with the two Shacks Holden properties at Queen Victoria being put up for sale.

The two properties on either sides of James Street are more than 11,000sqm, with one of them next to the Heirloom warehouse apartments and opposite the LIV Defence Housing residential building.

One site is 3,464sqm and the other 6,725sqm and offer fantastic opportunities to make a stunning entry statement to Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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MANNING BUILDING AWNING WORK STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2019

 

Manning 1

 

Work has started today on the awning along the Manning building in Fremantle’s Market Street to allow safe passage to pedestrians, while at the back in Paddy Troy Lane the part demolition of the additions of the building is still going on to make way for a tavern and micro brewery.

It is all part of the Silverleaf Investments development of the site.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SOCIETY PRESIDENT LEAVING FREMANTLE

 

 

It is not official yet, but I was told last night that shock waves are going through the Fremantle Society with their president John Downson indicating that he will soon be relocating permanently to England.

Dowson is said to be deeply frustrated that the Society has been unable to make an impact on Fremantle planning matters and bad architecture, and he is outraged about what he calls the incompetent Fremantle Council, planning department and State’s JDAP and SAT, which approve in Dowson’s opinion inappropriate buildings in our city.

The Fremantle Society committee is very worried that they might not be able to find anyone to replace John Dowson because it has been very difficult over the past years to find members willing to put their hat in the ring and take on an official function, hence FS has now members on committee who don’t live anywhere near Fremantle.

Already during the last two years Dowson has ran FS partly from London, where he bought an apartment in a new upmarket subway station development, and from cruise ships on which he lectures about Fremantle’s history.

I see John Dowson’s departure from Fremantle as a good opportunity for the Fremantle Society to consider how to make the group relevant again and less political and council-bashing. It needs to go with the times and rejuvenate and redevelop itself and not be anti change and anti development. I hope the group won’t falter and collapse in a heap because of the departure of its powerful president.

If the Brits can cope with Brexit and Dowson is another thing, but good luck to John Dowson, who has been very controversial but with his heart in the right place for Freo.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL SITE SOLD TO TWIGGY FORREST

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2019

 

I am not sure if it is good or bad news for Fremantle that the Point Street carpark site, that was destined to become a Hilton Doubletree hotel has been sold by the SKS Group to Twiggy Forrest’s Minderoo Group for $ 7,3 million.

Andrew-Twiggy-Forrest’s companies already own the Orient Hotel and Spicers carpark site in Fremantle and have indicated they want to invest more in our city, which is a sign of confidence in Fremantle Council and our city’s future.

There has been considerable apprehension at the City of Fremantle if the SKS Group would go ahead with the Hilton Doubletree hotel project at all, so at least that uncertainty has now been removed and all we can hope for is that the new owners will do a great development of the site soon and build something special there.

Roel Loopers

NOMINATIONS FOR HERITAGE COUNCIL

 

Heritage Minister David Templeman today announced nominations are being sought from experienced and qualified individuals to become members of the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

As the State Government’s expert body on heritage matters, the Heritage Council plays a key role in decisions on entries into the State Register of Heritage Places and the development of these places. It also determines State Heritage strategy and policies.

High calibre women and men from a diversity of fields and backgrounds with relevant skills and experience are strongly encouraged to express their interest in this rewarding opportunity.

The Heritage Act 2018 sets out criteria that must be met in terms of skills and expertise, moving away from the previous Act’s requirement that council members represent certain interests or groups.

The McGowan Government is committed to gender parity across government boards and committees.

More details on membership requirements and the process for nominating can be found on the Heritage Council’s website at http://www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au

Application packages are also available through the Heritage Council’s website or by contacting the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on (08) 6551 8002.

Applications close on May 3, 2019.

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WESTGATE GRAFFITI ART MALL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, graffiti, Uncategorized by freoview on March 25, 2019

 

art 8

 

There has been an arty graffiti blitz on Fremantle’s Westgate Mall, after Many 2.0 closed its doors o make way for the Little Lane residential and retail development.

Some of the mural art is quite good and cute while other bits left me rather indifferent, but that is simply personal taste.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PARK SPORTS CENTRE DEVELOPMENT STARTING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, development, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on March 24, 2019

 

Fremantle Park

 

It has been a very long time coming but the development of the new Fremantle Park Sports and Community Centre will finally start in just over a week on April 1, and let’s hope that is not an April Fools joke.

The centre will become the new home for the Fremantle Tennis, Fremantle Bowling and Fremantle Workers clubs and will have spaces the general community can also access.

The development is a financial collaboration between the City of Fremantle and the three clubs and will give the clubs much better facilities.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CBD DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

 

 

Just a couple of update photos about the progress of the new Fremantle Civic Centre on Kings Square and also a photo of the residential development on the former Fremantle Workers Club site in Henry Street.

Roel Loopers

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LINEAR PARK IDEA HAS MERIT FOR FREMANTLE

 

Landcorp has come with the interesting proposal to the City of Fremantle of creating a ‘Linear Park’ between Montreal and Wood streets as part of the residential development that is being built there.

The Linear Park would be created on the road reserve verge along Knutsford Street from Wood Street to Montreal Street in White Gum Valley, instead of Landcorp having to pay Fremantle City $ 404,075 cash in lieu.

I am not sure how wide the ‘park’ would be and if it would replace pocket parks throughout the development.

The proximity of Booyeembara Park makes it questionable if  a narrow stretch of ‘park’ is a good idea in that location.

Here is what City of Fremantle officers recommend to the Councillors at Wednesday’s Strategic Planning and Transport Committee:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
Council :
1. Approve the acceptance by the City of Fremantle of a sum of $404,075 (exc GST) as cash in lieu of the provision of public open space as the means of complying with a condition of approval of the subdivision of land at lot 1819 Blinco Street, Fremantle.
2. Support the future expenditure of the cash in lieu payment referred to in 1 above (when received) on public open space improvement works to Booyeembara Park consistent with acceptable uses of cash in lieu funds specified in WAPC Policy DC 2.3 (subject to formal budget approval at the appropriate time), and authorise officers to request the approval of the Minster of Planning for this use of the cash in lieu payment, in accordance with the requirements of section 154(2)(c) of the Planning and Development Act 2005.
3. Advise LandCorp of Council’s resolution in relation to items 1 and 2 above, and also acknowledge the merits of the concept design for a high specification landscaping treatment of part of the Knutsford Street road reserve verge adjoining lot 1819 Blinco Street.

Roel Loopers

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