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DISABLED FRIENDLY LITTLE LANE DEVELOPMENT

 

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I am delighted to hear that the Little Lane residential development on the former Fremantle Spotlight site in Adelaide Street will have ten apartments for people with a disability.

Not for profit organisation Summer Housing intends to have 300 rental units for people with a disability by 2020 in Fremantle, Subiaco and Joondalup, and Little Lane is one of them.

Summer Housing buys 11 apartments in luxury residential buildings, and modifies only one bedroom in each unit to suit disabled people. One apartment is for a support worker to live on site to assist the disabled people in the 10 apartments. Brilliant!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S FIRST EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, disability, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2020

 

 

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A new cafe opened today in Fremantle and should be one all of us support. The Humble Pantry is the first Freo Equal Opportunity cafe that trains and employs people with a disability or disadvantage.

Trainees produce a list of what they want to achieve and are then guided and supported to achieve that and prepare for possible employment elsewhere in the hospitality industry.

The Humble Pantry is in the beautifully restored former Boy’s School at princess May Park and part of DADAA.

There is a lovely quiet courtyard that makes the experience being in a little oasis away from the hectic of the inner city, so perfect for business meetings or keeping your secret lovers away from preying eyes. ;>)

There are wraps, pastries, salads, muffins, but no cooked to order meals.

Please do support this great initiative, Freo!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE MARKETS NEED DISABLED TOILET

 

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Here is another challenge for Fremantle Council at the start of the new decade.

Fremantle Markets traders have been telling me that there are many disappointed visitors when they realise there is no disabled toilet in one of Freo’s most popular weekend destinations, that attracts some two-hundred-thousand people each years.

The next public toilets are the portaloos at Kings Square, and they can be a challenge for users as they are often very dirty when vagrants leave their trash there, and the cleaners just can’t be there all the time.

Public toilets, or the lack thereof, are a concern in Fremantle and Council needs to start addressing that with priority!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Stuart who runs Freo T-Shirts at the markets posted on Facebook: :There actually is. It’s located in the toilet area in the main hall. Next to Megabes.”

If market traders and disabled people don’t know than maybe some more prominent signs are required and letting all the stallholders know.

Thanks, Stuart!

FREMANTLE ALFRESCO NEEDS MORE CONSIDERATION

Posted in children, city of fremantle, disability, hospitality, pedestrians, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2020

 

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Here comes my first ‘whinge’ of the new decade. Fremantle cafe, bar and restaurant operators and retailers need to be more considerate when putting tables and chairs, or A-frames, on the footpaths and realise they are sometimes creating an inconvenience.

The MONK on the Cappuccino Strip has put two new high bar benches out for patrons, but they are too close to the steps of the venue, and the gap is so narrow that it is a nuisance for people with prams, and near impossible to get through for people in wheelchairs and gophers, or mothers with a double pram.

A -frames are also often thoughtlessly put on the pavement and that makes it difficult for vision-impaired people to navigate their way through Fremantle.

A little consideration goes a long way!

Roel Loopers

GALLERY AND CAFE FOR DADAA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, disability, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2019

 

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Good to see more work going on at the former Boys School in Princess May Park.

DADAA will open a new gallery in the building next week and there are also plans for a new cafe with a lovely alfresco courtyard, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

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WIDE ANGLE FILM FESTIVAL A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON DISABILITY

Posted in city of fremantle, disability, festival, health, Uncategorized by freoview on October 7, 2019

 

The Wide Angle Film Festival is coming to Fremantle this weekend and will be held at the Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay.

Screening on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October at the WA Maritime Museum, the WAFF presents a series of award–winning Australian and international short films reflecting the lived experience of people with disability.

The public program features animation, live action, drama, comedy and documentary films, while the children’s program includes productions from preschoolers, primary school students and collaborations between children under 12 and professional filmmakers.

Saturday’s program will be screened with audio description, while Sunday’s program will have open captions. Sensory screening kits or kits for people with anxiety and post–traumatic stress disorder are available on request.

The Wide Angle Film Festival plays an important role in raising awareness about the need for cinema access for people with disability.

All of the films are fully accessible for people who are deaf or hearing impaired, blind or vision impaired and for people with epilepsy, autism and other sensory disabilities. It’s not just the accessible inclusions which make this Festival so special; the stories told in the films reflect the diversity of our community and bring honest perspectives of people with disability to the wider public.

The children’s program is screening at 10–11am, followed by the public program at 11.30am–12.30pm, on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October in the WA Maritime Museum’s Australia II Gallery. All screenings are free of charge, however bookings are recommended.

Roel Loopers

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MEMBER FOR FREMANTLE ABSEILS FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITY

Posted in charity, children, city of fremantle, disability, parliament, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2019

 

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We all know that Freo people are very special, even our maligned politicians, and the WA state member for Fremantle Simone McGurk proved that by abseiling the huge Central Park building in Perth to raise money for CAHOOTS.

CAHOOTS runs programs for children and youth with a disability and our Minister for Child Protection went above-well above!- and beyond to support them.

Well done Simone!

Roel Loopers

I can’t post a photo credit unfortunately as it was not supplied on the Facebook post of Simone McGurk.

FREO MEN’S SHED FOR ALL ABILITIES

Posted in city of fremantle, disability, men, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2019

 

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MORE ART FACILITIES AT FREO’S DADAA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, disability, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2019

 

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Very good news for DADAA in the former Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park. The Stage 5 capital works have commenced!

The final redevelopment stage of the heritage-listed building will consolidate the award-winning renovations undertaken on the building over the past two years, in partnership with the City of Fremantle.

DADAA are creating enhanced digital and visual arts studios, a new contemporary art gallery and a beautiful public courtyard space that will house the Humble Pantry Fremantle Café.

Roel Loopers

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GOOD AFFORDABLE PROPOSAL FOR QUARRY STREET

 

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As reported here on Freo’s View yesterday it is unlikely that Fremantle Council will sign off on a scheme amendment that would increase density of City owned lots in Quarry Street to R100, after the local community opposed it during public consultation time.

But positive members of the Fremantle Arts Centre Precinct, including local architect Murray Slavin, are offering an alternative solution for the development of the lots, which are for sale, that would see an increase from R25 to R60 and buildings of only three storeys.

The proposal is for 42 affordable residencies which include small studio apartments and a mix of two and three bedroom apartments that would include renewable energy, developed within a Mutual Not For Profit Structure.

The proposal is specifically designed for low-cost housing and aged care accommodation, with state of the art IT to accommodate on-line data and a health-ready response to enable the comfort and security of seniors.

The proponents believe the site is particularly appropriate for the elderly and less abled because of its proximity to the Fremantle Leisure Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Park and public transport. All City of Fremantle facilities for the residents would be within walking distance.

The project responds to the desire to downsizing by empty nest seniors and to the national need for low-cost public housing.

The specifically designed seniors’ apartments respond to the need of a simplified independent lifestyle for older Australians-a transition to delay entry into dedicated aged care facilities.

The project would also accommodate a mix of age groups, which would help against social isolation, and to showcase optimum use of renewable energy and water use, and fast evolving new transport developments.

The item about a possible scheme amendment for the City of Fremantle owned properties  are on on the agenda of Wednesday’s Planning Committee, so come along and have your say. It starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community Hall on Wednesday December 5.

Roel Loopers

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