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FINDING SMALL ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF LIVING

Posted in fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on February 16, 2017

For those interested in alternative living projects the Exploring Tiny Houses in Fremantle – and Different ways of Living Tiny is a good way to connect with like-minded people, network and share ideas.

Join Fremantle Councillor Rachel Pemberton – back from her recent trip to Europe – plus other expert panelists for a discussion and presentation of examples by local people who are pioneering a new phase of modest housing in Fremantle.

Its on Thursday March 2nd at the Fremantle Library from  6pm-7:30pm.

In times of a lack of really affordable housing, homeless people, a fast ageing population, and many mature singles and students looking for small living options, local councils should do more to explore options and find ways of alternative living.

Roel Loopers

TINY HOUSES RECREATING COMMUNITIES

Posted in fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on January 30, 2017

Fremantle resident Leanne McKenzie is passionate about Freo and alternative living and sees a need for innovative new ideas to deal with the fact that Fremantle is becoming more expensive and becoming less accessible to those on lower incomes.

Leanne believes that people who want to live in and be part of Fremantle should have diverse housing options available. She says “Fremantle is what it is because of passionate community minded people, so if this type of person wants to live here they should have access.“

She has years of experience with construction and renovations, and personal experience as owner builder renovating her Fremantle workers cottage on a very tight budget, and exactly how she needed it, but paying tribute to its humble origins.

Leanne says she took the decision to help the many others who struggle to get started extending and renovating their homes, and she has assembled an excellent team of designers, real estate professionals and trades to help guide others in taking the step.

“It is better reducing our ecological footprint, solar, thermal efficiencies etc. and upcycling our homes if practicable, rather than bowling over and starting from scratch.”

When Leanne McKenzie was told that her 90 sqm 3 bedroom home was too small for energy efficient hydronics systems, she decided to design one herself.

I want to equip people with the information and processes so they can make informed designs about their renovations, incorporating new technology and not spend big dollars if they are not precisely sure what they want. We don’t need BIG to live happy, we need quality spaces that enhance our lives and connect us to our neighbourhoods.

She is working to design a very special tiny house. “Mobility, ecological footprint, advanced technology is all part of our future for how we will live, but (re)connecting to our natural world, our neighbourhoods and communities is more important. This is what Fremantle does so well, and this should be accessible to all of us. “

For more detail contact Leanne.mckenzie@UrbanAesthetics.net.au

LiveLittle.com.au for more information on tiny house initiatives

IS HOUSING BECOMING UNAFFORDABLE?

Posted in development, fremantle, housing, lifestyle, property by freoview on January 24, 2017
LIV residential development with Heirloom apartments in the background.

LIV residential development with Heirloom apartments in the background.

 

While the LIV residential apartment project at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street is well under way, it is reported that Perth has one of the world’s least-affordable housing markets, according to property experts.

In a report published in the media today they state that house prices are more than six times the average income in Perth, which is $87,300.

According to Demographia, which compares housing affordability in cities of over one million population,  Australia’s major problem is urban containment planning policies.

Urban containment, infill and higher density policies in WA try to reduce urban sprawl by encouraging more density rather than releasing new so-called greenfields sites. This often negatively affects older character suburbs where inappropriately high and often ugly buildings are destroying the urban amenity.

Housing experts say that high house prices are not a sign of a city’s success but a sign of failure to deliver the housing that its citizens need. Affordable housing is no doubt impacted by high property prices and that is an additional worry.

Roel Loopers

LIVING TOGETHER BETTER HOUSING ALTERNATIVE

Posted in accommodation, fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on November 22, 2016

Living Together Better is on tonight at 6.30 at the Fremantle Townhall, so everyone interested in alternative living/sharing projects should attend and share their opinion and ideas.

It is organised by Meriam Salama who is an architect and founder of a social enterprise that seeks to provide affordable housing through co-ownership. Her venture, The Henry Project, seeks to provide opportunities for multiple small households to share ownership of a single dwelling, living independently, but with some shared facilities. The basic premise is that living together equates to living better; living together provides better affordability, and better social connectedness.

Living Together Better will give people the space to meet others similarly interested in the idea, to start developing connections that may lead to this type of co-living.

More details on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-together-living-better-tickets-28594873035

The model Salama is offering can make affordable housing, with genuine social benefit, a viable alternative in the Fremantle area.

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IT’S EASY TO LOVE FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, fremantle, lifestyle by freoview on November 21, 2016

freo-1

 

Fremantle, Western Australia. Why live anywhere else?

Roel Loopers

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THE HENRY PROJECT ABOUT SHARED LIVING

Posted in community, fremantle, lifestyle, living by freoview on November 8, 2016

Meriam Salama is an architect and founder of a social enterprise that seeks to provide affordable housing through co-ownership. Her venture, The Henry Project, seeks to provide opportunities for multiple small households to share ownership of a single dwelling, living independently, but with some shared facilities. The basic premise is that living together equates to living better; living together provides better affordability, and better social connectedness.

The Henry Project event is held on 22nd November 2016, and co-hosted by the City of Fremantle, and Shelter WA. It will provide details of how co-ownership works and what these properties might look like.

More importantly, it will give people the space to meet others similarly interested in the idea, to start developing connections that may lead to this type of co-living.  

There are more event details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-together-living-better-tickets-28594873035

Through The Henry Project, Meriam hopes to create opportunities to free people from the overwhelming burden of household debt, in order to live more fulfilling lives.

The model she is offering can make affordable housing, with genuine social benefit, a viable alternative in the Fremantle area.

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THE ZENSATIONAL CLUTTER CLEANERS

Posted in fremantle, home, lifestyle by freoview on October 24, 2016

clutter-cleaners

 

For hoarders and those who attach sentimental value to just about everything, sister duo Bernadette and Julie Copson of A Clutterless Life might be the solution to get rid of visual noise in your home.

The clutter cleaners as I call them use the Japanese KonMari method for decluttering homes, help you to downsize or move, redesign spaces, make your home ready for inspection when you want to sell it, and create piece of mind and a bit of Zen.

It is not about minimalism but what is necessary to keep and what is luxury. It’s about keeping what you love, they say.

Fremantle real estate agents Smartchoice are using A Clutterless Life to declutter homes before they put them on the market for sale, and so can you. http://www.aclutterlesslife.com.au

Contact Bernadette on 0417626625 and Bernadette on 0409267591

Roel Loopers

 

 

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INFILL IS NOT GOOD EVERYWHERE

Posted in development, fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living, public transport, western australia by freoview on September 14, 2016

W.A. Planning Minister Donna Faragher’s statement that higher density is needed near train stations is not up to the high standards we expect of a Minister. Making broad sweeping statements is plain wrong and surely the state government in collaboration with local councils needs to find the best suitable areas near public transport to increase density and infill, instead of demanding higher density near all train stations.

Older unique character suburbs like Fremantle, Claremont and Subiaco, etc. would be destroyed if we just planted highrise buildings close to the train stations, while in other newer suburbs high density might actually improve the amenity.

Governments have this strange attitude that change needs to happen everywhere instead of targeting suitable suburbs for higher density living. It would also help if the state actually supported local councils which want to increase infill by improving public transport corridors and not just along the railway line where most older suburbs are.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREO BUILDINGS OPENING SOON

 

The sun is out in Fremantle and I needed fresh air, sunshine and a nice walk, so I went and had a look at the progress of development around the CBD.

I started at the huge Defence Housing site at Queen Victoria and Quarry Street where building will start early next year. It is opposite the impressive Heirloom development of the old woolstores there, so two significant residential developments in the east of the CBD.

Over in the west end a lot is happening with the gorgeous Elders building in Cliff Street, the Quest Hotel on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets and the residential development on the corner of Pakenham and Bannister streets all opening very soon.

The Quest Hotel looks more acceptable now that the cladding has been put up, but for my liking it is still one storey too high for Pakenham Street.

The Atwell Arcade building is also close to opening, so we’ll see more office workers in the city soon.

City planning is a huge challenge for every local council, but without development there can’t be progress, so it is good to see Fremantle is moving forward to becoming a modern city with a beautiful heritage heart.

Roel Loopers

 

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CARING FOR FREMANTLE A COMMITMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle, lifestyle, local government, western australia by freoview on August 17, 2016

I am going to have a bit of a rant, the kind of grumpy old man whinge someone who cares needs to have now and then to clear the air and let steam off, and I want to make some points to those who read this blog.

Freo’s View was not conceived as a council bashing forum where NIMBYS who don’t like any change in Fremantle can make uninformed accusations against elected members and the administration. It was not meant to be a platform for the ignorant who use social media to spew bile about those of us who care and try to make a positive difference to our community.

It was also not meant to give a voice to those who never attend council meetings but who are adamant that Fremantle councillors are just puppets on a string who do whatever Mayor Brad Pettitt tells them to do.

Freo’s View is meant to be a blog where I try to inform you in a fair, balanced and unbiased way on what goes on in the city I love; the good and the bad things. It is a blog that tries to make a positive difference, where I report on events, new businesses, council meetings, etc. If it happens in Fremantle I hope I will know about it and publish it here.

What I am not going to do however is a relentless broad swipe attack on anything Fremantle Council does, because unlike some I do not believe that this is the worst council we ever had. I am for example delighted to finally see a lot of development in the inner city, something not seen for over twenty years!

I have been accused of being too negative about Freo Council and I have been accused of being a Council lap dog who is on a promise by the Mayor to get on Council. Clearly the latter comes from someone who does not even understand that the Mayor only has one vote to elect a councillor in the ward he lives in.

I have been attacked by the former CEO who told me he was tired of me calling for his head, while members of the community attacked me for being too lenient and Council friendly. I have been called, left, green, a do-gooder, a bleeding heart. I have also been accused of getting paid by Sirona Capital to write positively about Kings Square, while that company’s managing director probably hates my guts because I have often questioned why it has taken so long for the development to get started.

Those who believe they have a god given right to see no changes in the suburbs they live in because their family has a long tradition there will probably be disappointment with my support for change and good infill. Those who don’t like festivals and events in the inner city but also complain Council does not do enough to support our traders, will find I don’t agree with them often, and those who want Council to do more for less will just need to get a sense of reality, because when everything gets more expensive governments will somehow have to accommodate that by increasing rates, parking fees, etc. That is the simple reality of life some people do not want to accept.

Everyone can have a say on Freo’s View as long as it is not defamatory or racist, but I encourage you all to make informed comments and make the effort to actually know what goes on at Council and come to meetings, so that you get inside knowledge of local council democracy.

I endeavour to keep this blog fair and balanced. If I believe Council deserves criticism because of decisions they make or for being inconsistent I will do so with passion, but I will also give credit when credit is due and when I agree with decisions our Councillors make. Fremantle Council is not the enemy of the community and I am most certainly not the enemy of Mayor Brad Pettitt and the City of Fremantle administration.

If you don’t like fairness and balance than this blog might not be for you, and that is perfectly fine by me. I do things my way and for one reason only, and that is to try to make a tiny positive difference and make Fremantle an even better place than it already is.

Fremantle is not the dump some of you claim it to be and if you prefer the soulless lifestyle of Cockburn I recommend you make a move, because Freo will always be different, special, quirky and controversial, and it will change, no matter how hard many in the community try to stop progress.

Have a great day!

Roel Loopers

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