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EAST FREMANTLE ELECTION RESULTS

Posted in east fremantle, elections, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2017

 

East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill retained his seat at the local council election yesterday.

In Preston Point Ward Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail was reelected and also Tony Natale.

Richmons Ward was won by Andrew McPhail and Tony Watkins got in Woodside Ward unopposed.

 

Roel Loopers

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LOVELY RIVERSIDE DRIVE

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on October 5, 2017

 

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It is just out of Fremantle, but I love walking and driving along Riverside Drive in East Fremantle.

It is great to see all the yachts, the pelicans, mums with prams, joggers, families, dog walkers as one goes along.

The Leeuwin Barracks development project will be a huge thing for the Town of East Fremantle, so I am looking forward to that starting next year some time.

I always end up on the top near Petra Street where one can look along the Swan River from above the yacht club and see the Perth highrise buildings in the distance.

On the way back there are great views to Fremantle Port.

The Plympton Steps have been completed and with the freshly-painted Tradeswind Hotel above it it looks very attractive.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward! (in Fremantle that is ; >)

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HERALD OWNER ATTACKS EAST FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, elections, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2017

 

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Andrew Smith, owner of the Fremantle Herald and former East Fremantle Mayor has attacked Mayor Jim O’Neill in a full page advertisement in the free-range Chook this weekend.

Smith claims that O’Neill refused to fight the proposed local government reform and amalgamation with Fremantle because he supported it, and that O’Neill had put his name up to manage the council merger for the WA government if it went ahead.

Smith says that the Mayor leads a divided council because of factionalism.

Jim O’Neill won’t be able to lead the plans for the future of East Fremantle Oval, Smith claims, because he lives next door to it, and that the town planning under O’Neill has resulted in massive development near the Townhall and that the Royal George Hotel site could go up to 18 storeys. The latter was denied recently on this blog by Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail.

Herald owner Andrew Smith also attacks the sacking of two CEOs, but for transparency reasons should have disclosed that sacked CEO Stuart Wearne is the brother of the Herald’s long-time advertising manager Natalie Hug.

It is clear that the mayoral debates in Freo and East Freo are heated, but that is alright for democracy as long as everyone tries to stick with the facts.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD! 

 

BY GEORGE. IT’S NOT THAT HIGH!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2017

 

 

About two years ago I sat around a table in a George Street cafe, together with concerned East Fremantle residents,  five East Fremantle councillors and the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, in response to the concerns about the neglect of the heritage-listed Royal George Hotel.

It was agreed that the Town of East Fremantle should try to do a masterplan or scheme amendment for the Plympton  Precint to better control future development.

It came as a surprise then two weeks ago that I was approached to sign a petition against Scheme Amendment 15, because the petitioner said it would allow 18 storeys on the carpark behind the old building.

I was aware that Saracen Properties  has bought the building and that they wanted to build apartments behind the Royal George, to offset the cost of the very expensive heritage conservation.

To find out what the facts are I contacted East Freo Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail, who assured me that Amendment 15 would not allow 18 storeys on the site, but only seven, with a discretionary additional height clause, which is normally a maximum of two storeys, for excellent architecture.

Council has also done an Urban Design Study for the area, McPhail told me.

P.S. McPhail’s nominated again for the Preston Point Ward seat at the October local government election, and I highly recommend him. He is a very intelligent and likeable young man.

 

Roel Loopers

WOODSIDE FOR AGED CARE

Posted in aged, east fremantle, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

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The former Woodside maternity hospital in East Fremantle has been sold to a consortium for $ 13 million, and will be developed into aged-care facilities.

The gorgeous building in Dalgety Street was built in 1902 and is considered a prime example of Victorian Italianate architecture.

 

Roel Loopers

BY GEORGE! BUT WILL IT BE ROYAL?

Posted in architecture, development, east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2017

 

 

It looks like finally something will happen at the Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle, with Council advertising a planned amendment (No 15) to Local Planning Scheme 3 and create a Special Zone Royal George Hotel that will deal with height, setbacks, public art, heritage conservation, etc.

The vacant and derelict building has been an eyesore for far too many years, to the chagrin of local residents and businesses. It became a target for homeless people, vandalism and graffiti, so renovating the old lady and getting it occupied again will be a very good step forward.

But I heard from local residents this morning that there are plans for a ten-storey building on the carpark behind the heritage building and that could become controversial.

Height is not necessarily  a bad thing, but it is the architecture that is often a worry, as the development next door in Duke Street of the Lauder&Howard building shows.

The very boring dark brick building should not have been approved and I feel sorry for the people next door whose house is set back and now intimidated by the scale of the boring apartment building.

It is a real blight on the streetscape of Duke Street and the elected members of the Town of East Fremantle will be the only ones who believe this building is acceptable in a low-rise residential area. Aesthetics? Never heard off it!

According to the signs the Amendment No 15 proposal can be viewed at the Townhall. Not sure why it is not on-line. It’s 2017 East Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

GREAT ROYAL GEORGE HOTEL NEWS

Posted in architecture, development, east fremantle, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

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I have received some great news about the Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle from a well-informed source.

According to my source Saracen Properties is 99% on the way of purchasing the building from the State Government. The purchase and possession will be finalised within the next 90 days.

Saracen has appointed well-known Fremantle architect Michael Patroni from Space Agency to do the interior and exterior development of the old building as well as the development of the vacant land behind the building.

Saracen has developed a Conservation Management Strategy that has been endorsed by the Heritage Council of W.A. The CMS ties them to refurbishing the building within a certain time period.

The company will immediately stabilise and clean up the building once the contract has been signed, so the decay will be stopped, until planning approval has been received and conservation and building can commence.

Roel Loopers

HAVE A HAPPY FREO SUNDAY!

Posted in community, east fremantle, festival, fremantle, markets by freoview on December 4, 2016

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It looks as if it is going to be a nice mild Sunday so enjoy what is on offer around Fremantle.

The Growers Green big Christmas farmers markets is on from 8-12, so not only perfect for buying yummy fresh produce and breakfast but also for XMass presents.

The Bazaar at the Fremantle Arts Centre is open from 9.30 and sells local art and craft, so head out there as well.

Last but not least is the George Street East Fremantle Fair from 1-7 pm today. Great community atmosphere, live entertainment, food, Chrissie presents, just relaxing fun.

And after that take the kids to watch the sunset behind the Rainbow sculpture.

Roel Loopers

 

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LABOR LEEUWIN BARRACKS COMMUNITY EVENT

Posted in community, east fremantle, fremantle by freoview on October 5, 2016

Nearly one hundred people attended the information session about development plans for the East Fremantle Leeuwin Barracks at the East Freo Tennis Club on Tuesday evening.

The event was organised by the Labor candidate for Bicton Lisa O’Malley and chaired by Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk. WA Labor leader Mark McGowan and Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson were also present.

The Leeuwin residential development at the Swan river is probably the most significant modern development for the Town of East Fremantle, so community input is essential as the site if developed well could become the jewel in the crown for East Freo.

Lisa O’Malley said it was important to bring local, state and federal representatives together to complement the visioning process the Town of East Fremantle is conducting with the community and stakeholders.

Mark McGowan said he knew the site very well from his days as a Navy Officer and commented on the thoughtful contributions from the public gallery.

Josh Wilson said he has been talking to the Federal Defence Minister’s office about the significance of the project for East Fremantle and beyond and mentioned the very positive outcome negotiations had achieved with Cantonment Hill.

Height, density and traffic issues were the main concerns raised by residents and suggestions made to acknowledge the plight of veterans and create open spaces for seniors and youth at this prime location.

Roel Loopers

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EAST FREMANTLE LEEUWIN BARRACKS FOR SALE

Posted in development, east fremantle, local government by freoview on June 4, 2015

The Department of Defence today announced they will be selling the Leeuwin Barracks in East Fremantle, so it is highly likely this prime location will be developed into residential and that would have to be done with great sensitivity. It would be cheap money to stick highrise buildings along the Swan river and sell as many river view apartments and penthouses as one can get up there, but traffic issues along Riverside Drive and Preston Point Road could become a problem, as would the views of those who built their homes north of the Leeuwin site.

I think there is probably Buckley’s chance to get a lot of affordable housing there as the site cries rich, rich, rich and is probably worth tens of millions of dollars.

How can the Town of East Fremantle protect its interests and the amenity of the area? How can it influence developers who are going to throw big money at it, and the federal government will just wash its hands off it and  not dictate what can and can’t be done with the site. Can this be contractually done at all, one wonders?

A sensitive and beautiful low to medium density residential project could enhance the area and should include a large public open space, but I fear that the site will be sold for less than market value and developers will try to suck every last cent out of it to the detriment of the locale. Be pro-active on this East Freo or you might get hurt!

Roel Loopers

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