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CRANE A SIGN OF FREO’S MODERN FUTURE

 

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The crane assembly crew at Fremantle’s Kings Square even worked on Sunday to get the large crane ready for the construction of the new building on the former Queensgate site.

They probably wanted to take advantage of the good weekend weather, in the knowledge that the forecast for this week is showers.

Roel Loopers

 

SIGNIFICANT STAGE FOR KINGS SQUARE REBIRTH

 

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The erection today of a massive crane is a significant milestone for Fremantle and a symbol of the rebirth of Kings Square.

A second crane will be put up in a couple of months.

Roel Loopers

FREO INFO SESSION ON KINGS SQUARE FIG TREES

 

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There will be an information session about the health of the Fremantle Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square next Thursday June 21, at 6pm in the Fremantle Townhall.

It has been suggested by tree experts that two more fig trees will have to be removed because of bad health and public safety concerns, so if you are passionate about the trees make sure to get all the relevant information about their future, and if they can be saved or not.

Mature replacement trees could cost up to $ 14,000 each, so that would be a considerable cost to ratepayers.

Roel Loopers

FREO KINGS SQUARE PROGRESS REPORT

 

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The first bit of scaffolding, to allow for the removal of asbestos, is now up at the Fremantle civic centre next to the Townhall.

Over the road ground work has begone on the former Queensgate site and it is a matter of days until we will see the start of the construction of the new building.

It is all part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project by Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

FROM THE FREMANTLE PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

The Fremantle Council Planning Committee met in North Fremantle last night with an agenda of interesting items.

The two storey additions to a house in Thompson Road received the normal for and against public speakers and was deferred to full council.

The four-storey mixed use development of tourist accommodation, residential and restaurant at Parry Street, that has interesting architecture, was sent on for approval to JDAP, and the Wild Bakery will be able to relocate to the corner of Scott Street and South Terrace, although nearby residents were worried about parking issues.

An alteration in Hale Street was hotly debated but Councillors believed it should have a chance to be modified and  it will go to full council.

The awning at the new FOMO retail building on Kings Square received criticism from the City’s Design Advisory Committee, but Councillors agreed with Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly that the whole FOMO concept was about fun, impermanence, and transitional, and thus self-invigorating, and that the awning most likely would be replaced or modified to keep having a a visual attractor, and respond to the changing functions of the area.

Councillor Adin Lang needs to get his act together as he is embarrassing himself. He twice voted last night opposite from what he wanted to vote for and the Chair had to ask for the members to vote again, so that Lang could change his vote. This has happened before, so that is not good enough.

Councillor Lang unfairly makes himself look as if he is not the brightest light on a Christmas tree, but I believe it is either a lack of concentration by the young Councillor, or not doing his homework, and studying the agenda and attachments properly. He has been on Council for seven months, so he should understand process and procedure by now.

Roel Loopers

 

SHOULD FREO KEEP UNHEALTHY FIG TREES AT KINGS SQUARE?

 

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The City of Fremantle is conducting community consultation about the possible removal of two old ailing Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square and replace them. It is possible to replace them with two healthy mature Moreton Bay figs or native trees, at approximately $ 14,000 per new tree.

The removal of the old trees would no doubt cause an emotive reaction from many in our community, but if the trees are in fact a public health hazard that would be a great concern for the redevelopment of Kings Square and the planned children’s playground adjacent to the so-called Christmas tree.

Here the info from Freo City:

Help us decide on the future of two Moreton Bay figs in Kings Square.

The trees are an important part of the Kings Square Renewal public space upgrades, but a rapid decline in health and increased public safety risks means a decision now needs to be made about their future.

Council will need to decide whether to retain and manage them until the end of their life, or remove and replace them with two healthy mature trees.

To find out more and have your say visit https://mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/figtrees

You can also listen to Mayor Pettitt talk about the trees in the video below.

For a full summary of the key items from the latest council meeting visit http://bit.ly/2J30bFW

FREO’S QUEENSGATE ALL GONE

 

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There is nothing left of the former Queensgate building at Fremantle’s Kings Square, as this photo shows.

Ground preparation is now under way and in about two weeks the prefabricated walls will start arriving at the site. That will coincide with the demolition of the City of Fremantle civic building.

Great views of the development from the Federal Hotel balcony!

Roel Loopers

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REJUVENATION OF FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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Contractors have started to put fences around the unattractive Fremantle civic centre next to the historic Townhall, so that the DELTA demolition experts can start with the removal of asbestos and the demolition, to make way for the new civic centre, which was designed by Freo architects Kerry Hill.

The removal of two old Moreton Bay fig trees will go through community consultation. Fremantle Council also wants to be absolutely sure that the trees are a public health hazard and won’t survive much longer before removing them.

But if the trees are kept, with ugly fencing around them, it could mean that the new children’s playground at Kings Square won’t be built for another five years.

There is the option of transplanting a mature Moreton Bay fig to replace the so called Christmas Tree but that could cost up to $ 40,000.

I love the Moreton Bay figs, which are the whales of the earth for me, but I do like the new look with the relocated London Plane trees as well, so a combination of those is a good compromise in my opinion.

If the old trees endanger public safety the community needs to be pragmatic and realistic about them and accept that everything that is born will also die.

In a couple of weeks we will see popping up the prefabricated walls of the new building that will replace the now fully demolished Queensgate building,

Roel Loopers

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FREO WELCOMES FACTORIE CLOTHING

 

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A new discount clothing shop has opened at Fremantle’s Kings Square, so welcome to FACTORIE at Adelaide Street just opposite St John’s church!

Check it out and support all our local traders and in particular those around Kings Square who are impacted by the development.

Roel Loopers

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DEMOLITION OF FREO CIVIC CENTRE TO START SOON

 

Demolition of the City of Fremantle civic building at Kings Square will start next month, with preliminary work and asbestos removal by DELTA Pty Ltd. The demolition is estimated to be completed by October this year.

Vibration monitoring will be conducted to safeguard the integrity of the heritage listed Townhall and any demolition work immediately adjacent to the Townhall will be done by hand if required.

Daily air monitoring will also take place during asbestos removal by a third-party hygienist.

Roel Loopers

 

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