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EXPLORING FREMANTLE ALWAYS PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

 

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The weather is just too nice, the sky so blue and the sun so warm that I ignored doctor’s advise and took my knee brace off for a few hours, so that I could have a slow stroll through good old Freo.

Here a few photos I took while doing that.

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KINGS SQUARE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

 

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Another minimalist photo of the work that is going on at the Queensgate carpark in Fremantle’s Henderson Street, as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project by Sirona Capital.

The carpark is due to re-open well before the Christmas shopping starts, so only a few months from now.

The replacement for the Queensgate building at Newman Court now has a ground floor roof and first storey floor, and I was told this morning that the builders are ahead of schedule, so that is great.

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NEW COAT OF PAINT FOR QUEENSGATE CARPARK

 

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Work on the Queensgate carpark on Fremantle’s Henderson Street is progressing well, with a new coat of paint applied over the very colourful old paintwork. This is part of the Kings Square redevelopment by Sirona Capital.

The carpark is due to open sometime in October, before the Christmas shopping starts, so that is very positive as the Point Street carparks will close soon to make way for the start of the development of the Hilton Doubletree and residential apartments building.

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HIVE OF ACTIVITY AT KINGS SQUARE

 

Kings Square

 

It is a hive of activity at Fremantle’s Kings Square with PROBUILD, the contractors for Sirona Capital, keen to make inroads fast on the new building for the FOMO retail concept.

Workers told me they would be there till 7pm last night to put more of the pre-fabricated beams and columns up and that they would be on site today and on Sunday as well.

Go and check it out when you are in town and have a coffee and meal at Parlapa, just opposite the Townhall in William Street!

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FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE NOW AND NEXT YEAR

 

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The white columns above will become the picture below at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

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UP UP AND AWAY TO FREO’S FUTURE

 

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The erection of a second large building crane started this morning at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

Builders PROBUILD have taken a section out of the former Myer building to create a courtyard to accommodate the crane.

Walking along William Street one can now also see real progress on the new building that replaces the Queensgate building, with large concrete pillars sticking up into the sky.

Sirona Capital has also started promoting the FOMO retail concept and offering spaces for lease.

There are a lot of positive things happening in Fremantle, so let’s feel like Team Freo and be supportive of our beautiful city.

Roel Loopers

 

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THE WEST AUSTRALIAN ON FREO’S FUTURE

 

The West Australian newspaper published a feature article by Ken Acott today about Fremantle’s future with the headline Freo ripe for new investment to retain its edge.

The article is based on analysis by PCW City Pulse and features the opinion of Nadia van Dommelen, who is a partner in that firm, and also Freo Mayor Brad Pettit.

A lot of what van Dommelen says is not new and she puts a lot of hope in a new waterfront development along Victoria Quay and the move of the container port to Kwinana, so that is still far too far away to be realised.

But Nadia van Dommelen rightly states that Fremantle needs to stop comparing itself with other cities and be proud of the special character and gritty uniqueness of the old port city.

While van Dommelen is excited about eventual waterfront development she believes that the working port, sheds and railway are all part of Fremantle’s charm, and any future development needs to be authentic. She says there is now major opportunity for transformative investment in Fremantle, and that is already happening

I believe Fremantle’s immediate future needs intensive city planning that deals with all the current and imminent development, and that the City’s Council and planners need to have a strategic plan for creating better and more public realm that connects the new developments in the CBD.

The Heirloom and LIV apartments at Queen Victoria Street will be joined in the next few years by the Little Lane apartments in Adelaide Street, the Hilton Doubletree hotel development and apartments at Point Street and the Adani Hotel on the Woolstores site.

Add to that the development of the Manning building, the huge Kings Square development, plans for a new Fremantle Oval Precinct, a small boutique hotel next to the Fremantle Markets plus a four-storey hotel at the former Court and Police site at Henderson Street, and one can envisage a huge change in the inner city that will require more detailed planning for people movement, parking, safety, and enjoyment.

It is imperative that Fremantle Council is very realistic and very pragmatic about what it needs to do and what can be achieved. This is not the time for pie in the sky ideas but for the elected members to have their feet firmly on the ground.

I hope it’s not a bad omen that the West Australian¬†on-line article about Fremantle’s future features a photo of the Botega cafe that recently closed. ; >)

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LIGHTER NEW LOOK KINGS SQUARE

 

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I know I’ll get kicked in the bum, slapped around the face and abused on social media, but I quite like the much lighter look of Kings Square with the London plane trees.

The Jean Hobson playground is now all demolished in a heap and the public toilets closed, but replaced with large portable loos that are accessible for disabled people.

Freo is on the move and a lot of good things are happening, but patience is required as it will take considerable time for the retail and hospitality economy to turn around in our little city.

Roel Loopers

 

TWO MORE FIG TREES REMOVED FROM KINGS SQUARE

 

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The City of Fremantle will remove two more ailing Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square and replace them with other mature trees.

After community consultation 73% of ¬†participants were for the removal of the so called Christmas tree and 69% for the removal of tree No.5 just east of St John’s church.

It makes sense to me not to wait for limbs to break off and take a public safety risk, especially with the Christmas tree that is adjacent to the planned new children’s playground.

Tree No.5 will immediately be replaced with a mature London plane tree to create a nice line of those trees north of the Townhall and civic centre, while City staff will be sourcing, purchasing and preparing a mature Moreton Bay fig tree to replace the Christmas tree.

Interesting to see today all the construction workers at Kings Square on a Sunday. Probuild clearly wants to keep on schedule and get the job done. The sooner the better, as far as I am concerned.

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KINGS SQUARE PROGRESS UPDATE

 

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Another tree will be relocated at Fremantle’s Kings Square today, while builders are busy on the former Myer and Queensgate sites.

One of the Canary Island date palms will have to be moved to a different location at our city square to make way for the development.

Inside the City of Fremantle administration building the demolition team is removing asbestos before it can commence the demolition of the building.

Building Freo’s future is a hive of noisy and exciting activity.

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