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EAST FREO TO CONTINUE WITH FREMANTLE LIBRARY SUPPORT

 

There were some unhappy faces at Fremantle Council some months ago when the members became aware that the Town of East Fremantle was pulling out of its part of the library arrangement and would no longer contribute $ 150,000 toward the Fremantle Library.

So the announcement that East Fremantle Council has reconsidered and will continue to contribute to Fremantle’s library services will no doubt bring a smile to the faces of our Freo Councillors.

1985 East Fremantle residents are recorded as being members of the City of Fremantle Library and they also can apply for a residents parking permit, which gives them free street parking till 11am and after 3pm anywhere in the port city.

Well done East Fremantle Council for reconsidering and changing your mind!

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EAST FREMANTLE HERITAGE TRAIL

 

May 18 East freo heritage trail

The East Fremantle Heritage Trail is on this Saturday May 18, so all you lovers of history go out for a wander through our neighbouring city.

The National Heritage Festival is still going strong so check out the program!

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EAST FREMANTLE BRIDAL TRAIL

 

 

March 31. Bridal Trial East Freo

 

East Fremantle wedding venues are emulating the Fremantle Wedding Walk with the Bridal Trail tomorrow, Sunday March 31, so go and check out some of the venues, have a meal or a drink and support the local businesses.

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DRAFT VISION FOR EAST FREMANTLE OVAL PROJECT

 

The Town of East Fremantle has published a draft vision report for the East Fremantle Oval Precinct Revitalisation Project.

See it all here: https://www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/Profiles/eastfremantle/Assets/ClientData/Documents/Governance/PUBLIC_CONSULTATION__East_Freo_OvalPrecinct_VisionReportFeb2019_LR_.pdf

 

CONSENSUS STATEMENTS TO GUIDE REVITALISATION (PRINCIPLES)

The precinct should be revitalised

A community and sporting space that is open to all

An inter-generational, inter-connected open space

A sporting precinct – with or without WAFL games

Preference to retain the entire precinct as a Class A Reserve

Affordable and equitable revitalisation with multiple funding options

Improve physical and visual accessibility into the precinct

Create shared facilities that meet the needs of clubs and community

Preference to retain the social heritage of existing clubs

Maximise use of existing areas, and better utilise underused space

 

There are two vision concepts with Vision Concept 1 Opening The Park, which supports to retain the current functional arrangements on site with the least/minimal intervention and extensive landscaping.

Vision Concept 2 Community Hub, supports the oval as a community hub in the heart of the precinct, surrounded by parklands which maximise connectivity, and visual aesthetic to all boundaries.

East Fremantle Council has stated it prefers the East Fremantle Football Club to stay at the oval and not as was flagged move to  Fremantle Oval and share facilities and playing ground with the South Fremantle Football Club.

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NEW BRUSH FACTORY, BUT IS IT BEAUTIFUL?

 

 

The fences finally came down along the Brush Factory development on the corner of Duke and George streets in East Fremantle, so I went to have another look at it this morning.

I know that beauty is difficult to quantify because it has different meanings for all of us, but I do find the modern top-level addition on the old building quite intriguing, while some other parts are just not my cup of tea.

I do not like the darkness the dark bricks create along Duke Street, where apartment buildings have been added, and I find that the northern side of development, which faces the old Royal George hotel, has very strange and awkward angles, almost as if much of it was an after-thought that was added to it.

But the epic development of the former Lauder&Howard antiques building has finally been completed and incorporates the Duke of George jazz and blues bar, so it is in part a good addition for the area.

In the meantime graffiti vandals have started to deface the Royal George again and it is still not known if Saracen Properties will go ahead with the development there after all, when they are only allowed to have a seven-storey building behind the former hotel.

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DUKE OF GEORGE BAR OPENS IN EAST FREMANTLE

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, east fremantle, entertainment, heritage, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 8, 2019

 

 

The grand opening of the new Duke of George bar in the epic former Brush Factory development and Lauder&Howard antiques building in George Street in East Fremantle will be on January 18 with a three-day feast of blues and jazz as part of the Fringeworld festival season.

The renovation of the heritage-listed building and new residential additions, opposite the old Royal George hotel, took just about forever but is finally nearing completion.

The future of the Royal George is still not known as developers Saracen are considering the viability of a seven-storey residential building behind it, when they wanted three times that height.

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NO HIGHRISE FOR ROYAL GEORGE HOTEL

 

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The Fremantle Herald has got a nice scoop today about Planning Minister Rita Saffioti putting a seven-storey cap on future development of the Royal George Hotel site in East Fremantle.

East Fremantle Council only wanted to allow six-storeys but the minister has instructed them to re-advertise Amendment 28 for a month.

According to the Chook Minister Saffioti has said any future development of the site  will have to be passed by the new State Design Review Panel, which seems absurd as a substantial development like that would have to be approved by a WA Joint Development Assessment Panel anyway.

It is premature for the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk to claim that the Royal George will be developed to its former glory, since Saracen Properties, which owns the building, have previously stated they need the proposed 21-storey highrise to compensate for the restoration investment of the building.

Saracen told the Herald that it has concerns that it could make a substantially lower building work, but that a seven-storey building would be a big and bulky one.

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EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL MORALLY ILLITERATE

 

Fremantle Councillors last night expressed their dismay about neighbours East Fremantle pulling out of the library services and stopping their $ 200,000 a year contribution to the Fremantle Library at the end of this financial year.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who sits on the joint Library Committee, said the members were gobsmacked when it was announced by the Town of East Fremantle, and when the two East Fremantle members of the committee simply no longer turned up to debate it.

“We were hoping East Fremantle Council would recognise it is morally wrong and change their mind”

Sullivan said it was not relevant how many East Fremantle people used Fremantle, Melville or Cockburn libraries. “In Fremantle we just celebrate that people are using the library and are not counting the numbers of which councils they come from” Sullivan said. “I won’t be as polite to them next time I see East Fremantle Councillors”

Councillors Doug Thompson and Bryn Jones pointed out that the Town of East Fremantle is one of the wealthiest councils in the metropolitan area and would be the only one that would not financially contribute to library services.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said that after the last failed council amalgamation attempts she believed councils would work closer together, but instead the divide is getting wider. “No one from East Fremantle turned up at the last three Library Committees!”

The CEO confirmed that even if they stopped paying their contribution East Fremantle still could send two representatives to the Library Committee who would be allowed to vote. It would take Fremantle Council to change the local law to change that officially.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had the impression that the East Fremantle Mayor wanted to bring the issue back to his Council and reconsider their position.

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EAST FREMANTLE BURNS LIBRARY BRIDGE WITH FREMANTLE

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, east fremantle, history, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

The Town of East Fremantle will no longer contribute to the City of Fremantle library services after the end of this financial year 2018/19. It has also reduced the Town’s contribution this year by $ 50,000 to $ 150,000.

East Fremantle Council decided in May this year that there was no longer benefit for them to continue with the arrangement as allegedly more East Fremantle residents use the Melville library than the Fremantle one.

The contribution by East Fremantle presents just over 10 per cent of the City of Fremantle’s library budget so it will have an impact on the library services.

The cancelation of the arrangement, which was introduced in 1995 between East Fremantle, Fremantle, and the Library Board of WA, will also have an impact on the delivery of local history services, with the City of Fremantle considering to introduce a fee for service proposal.

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GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL VERY POPULAR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 25, 2018

 

 

The East Fremantle GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL is as popular as ever, as one could witness this afternoon. A huge number of people turned up for the annual festival in the lovely street.

There were lots of dogs and kids, plenty of food stalls, art&craft, stuff, bars, live music and entertainment, and parking in the precinct was at a premium.

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