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THE FREO ALTERNATIVE HOUSING VISION

Posted in city of fremantle, housing, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2017

 

Stage two of the Freo Alternative housing concept is about to start and realising the vision through planning policy.

The first stage of the concept was about generating a shared community vision on the future of housing in Fremantle, and now the City wants to identify how it can change our planning rules to allow for smaller homes in suburban locations, while protecting the things we love about our neighbourhoods..

Through the community consultation process it became clear that eight themes are important to the Fremantle community: housing choice, trees and landscaping, open space, sustainability, community, built form, car movement, and location. 

Fremantle Council would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed planning rules and are holding community sessions in the suburbs.

White Gum Valley | 15 November 2017  4.30 – 6.30pm at Sullivan Hall –  2 Nannine Ave, White Gum Valley.

Fremantle | 16 November 2017  4 – 6pm at Holland Park – Holland Street, Fremantle.

Beaconsfield | 19 November 2017 & 26 November 2017 8am – 12 noon at Growers Green Market – front lawn of South Fremantle Senior High School, Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield.

Hilton | 22 November 2017  4 – 6pm near the entrance to Gilbert’s Fresh – 308 South Street, Hilton.

Samson | 23 November 2017 4.30 – 6.30pm at Samson Recreational Centre – 44 McCombe Ave, Samson.

You can read the proposed planning changes in more detail online and complete the survey by 5.00 pm 2 February 2018.

If you have any questions contact C0F: email: planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au or phone on 9432 9999.

Roel Loopers

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IT’S ALL ABOUT POPULATION FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 27, 2017

 

There were calls at the South Fremantle election forum last night, and we have heard them before, that Fremantle should be like Copenhagen or Amsterdam when planning the future of transport, and that lightrail is a top priority for our city, but is this realistic?

Fremantle is not a European city, but a small port city on the west coast of Australia with a population of just 30,000. It would be considered a country town in Europe. Copenhagen had 583,525 residents and Amsterdam had 821,752 in 2015, so that is a significant and very important difference, because it is all about population numbers.

Shared streets are popular and safe in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, etc. because of the sheer numbers. When you are in your car at a traffic light behind 200 cyclists there is no way that you are going to consider to sneak passed them. You just stay behind until they turn left or right, or onto a bicycle lane. It’s safety in numbers!

In Fremantle probably fewer than 100 cyclists a day ride through the Cappuccino Strip, and mostly on their own and not in numbers, so some idiot drivers will try to sneak by them, careful not to scratch their car on the planter boxes, so they are dangerously close to cyclists.

Lightrail is not a financially viable option in a city of just 30,000, so we need drastic population growth before the state government or private investors would consider it. It is at least 15-20 years away, like the outer harbour, no matter how often we dream about it.

But why the obsession with European cities anyway? Fremantle is a very unique small city that needs to be nurtured and be allowed to organically grow. It needs sensible and sensitive medium-density infill and strongly improve residential, commercial and visitors’ numbers to help boost our economy, but we’ll never be a huge city like the European cities, and I like that.

European cities have slowly grown, layer upon layer for many centuries and Freo is still relatively young at 188 years old in that regard. Fremantle’s population has only grown slightly from 20,444 residents in 1901 to just 30,000 in 2017, so fewer than 10,000 people in 116 years. And Aboriginal people were not counted in 1901!

Why do some people want to change Freo into a city with a European character, when it is a pretty comfortable place that just needs good adjustments, more eye to detail and a lot of TLC?

Fremantle is a tree that already has strong roots, but that needs some healthy fertiliser in the form of good development, population growth and strategic planning, and some of that has to come from state and federal governments.

We need to lose the inferiority complex and be proud of Freo. We should stop believing it needs to change to a more European model, because we are very different, with a very different climate and outdoor lifestyle, and not anywhere near as hectic as the big European cities are, and our population numbers do not stack up to compare Freo with Copenhagen or Amsterdam.

It is telling that Sirona Capital gets it! They have come to the conclusion that Fremantle is like no other place and that it needs an all new and exciting very Freo retail concept at Kings Square. FOMO does not exist anywhere else in the world and will help Freo’s reputation of having a unique character and lifestyle, and we can build on that.

Let’s assist in Freo’s growth by collaborating better. If we all take ownership of our city we can create something together for future generations that we can be very proud off!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

FREO ARCHITECT DAVID BARR STEPS UP

Posted in architecture, fremantle, home, housing, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle architect DAVID BARR who won the LandCorp Step Up competition for sustainable medium-density housing with their ‘passive haus’ design for North Coogee.

Here the reasons why the judges believe they deserved to win:

KEY POINTS

AFFORDABLE DESIGNS
The winning design delivers a cost-effective build process, but also addresses the ongoing cost of living in the home through sustainability measures and shared facilities.

DESIGN QUALITY
Featuring an active edge, with integrated planter boxes on balconies and gold-finned window frames, a roof garden and shaded back verandah, the design offers a balance of privacy and community and will deliver an attractive, landmark development.

SUSTAINABILITY
The project will be Western Australia’s first apartment building to achieve an average 9-star NatHERS rating. It employs climate-responsive design and will be a Zero Energy building, meaning it will generate more energy than it consumes annually.

INNOVATION
The project will use a prefabricated ‘passive haus’ construction system, the first of its kind in Western Australia, which allows a rapid build process and significant savings on construction costs.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
A PV system supported by 42kWh of energy storage will allow energy generated on-site to be used on-site, reducing peak demand by 30%.

WATER EFFICIENCY
A shared underground rainwater tank and above-code water efficiency measures are expected to reduce average water use by 60% and cut household water bills by up to $180 a year.

WASTE EFFICIENCY
Construction waste is dramatically reduced as a result of the prefabricated ‘passive haus’ system, and any waste created during the build will be recycled. The project includes space for green waste composting and a ‘swap space’ allowing residents to offer items they no longer need, but which may be useful to someone else.

FREO NEEDS FAMILY FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, family, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

Interesting to read that there is an increasing demand for big 3-4 bedroom apartments by people who want to down-size from a house to a unit.

There is and oversupply of small 1-2 bedroom apartments in the Perth metropolitan area and some planned projects have been put on hold or cancelled because supply well exceeds demand in these difficult economic times.

The demand is for extra and larger living spaces for families and also for the 3rd or 4th bedroom to be used as a home office.

I believe this is relevant for Fremantle where new residential apartments don’t appear to cater for singles and couple, but not for families.

Freo is a family city and we love kids and it would be a shame if new infill development did exclude families because the units are too small and not family friendly.

 

Roel Loopers

Baugruppen at WGV Induction Event

Posted in city of fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2017

 

6pm to 7.30pm Monday 17 July 2017

at the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street.  www.baugruppen.com.au


Join host Josh Byrne, Principal, Josh Byrne & Associates.

View the latest plans, feel and touch the materials boards, see internal and external artist impressions.

Select your preferred home type and location within the development, your parking requirements, and other preferences including lift.

Talk to members of the project team, dedicated to the success of your development and ready to assist:

  • Michael Patroni, spaceagency architects (2016 AIA multi-residential award winners)
  • Hayden Groves, dethridgeGroves real estate (Principal, President of REIWA)
  • Phil Gnech, Builtform development managers (Principal, Registered Builder and Project Manager)
  • Geoffrey London, The University of Western Australia (Professor of Architecture, former Government Architect)
  • Warren Phillips, LandCorp (Senior Development Manager, WGV and the Fremantle Knutsford Project)

Become a pioneering “citizen developer” to deliver the first baugruppen in Australia, pave the way for more sustainable and higher quality housing.

The potential savings on homes developed by the building group range from approximately $50,000 to $100,000 when compared to market.

Features:

1. Zero agent’s fees and zero marketing budgets

2. Zero profits payable to investor/developers

3. Customisation of your home and personal consultation with the architects

4. By developing with future owner-occupiers, with sustainability in mind, the group will be able to ensure their new homes are suitable for their long-term needs with lower living costs

5. The baugruppen will be the heart of the WGV Eco Village, WA’s first One Planet Community, globally recognised for urban design and leading sustainability initiatives

6. Be part of an instant community within the baugruppen, the WGV eco village and the White Gum Valley community renowned for its creativity/artists, urban orchard, street festivals and events held throughout the year

7. Enjoy shared private spaces as well as public spaces beautifully designed by Josh Byrne & Associates featuring work by local artists (SHAC) and the Fremantle Mens Shed organisation

8. Short walk to cafe, convenience store, WGV primary school, WGV community orchard, parks/picnic areas, and a walk or ride to Fremantle town centre, the new Fremantle College, and various shopping precincts

By joining with others to develop the Baugruppen at WGV, you are choosing community, amenity, and healthy, happy and sustainable living.

The Baugruppen at WGV is an intiative of LandCorp and The University of Western Australia.


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LIV AND LET LIVE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

The LIV apartment development by Defence Housing in Fremantle’s east end is fast taking shape as these photos taking from Quarry Street show.

The building is opposite the recently opened Heirloom apartments so it will substantially add to the activation and beautification of the area.

Roel Loopers

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LITTLE LANE INNER CITY LIVING

Posted in city of fremantle, development, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

The Little Lane residential development on the former Spotlight site at the Westgate Mall will have a display suite opening soon at 52 Adelaide Street. See http://www.littlelane.com.au

The seven-storey development will be real inner city living as it is just a minute away from Kings Square.

It will offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and ground-level retail. The rooftop will be full of solar panels which means residents will get 10% off their electricity bills.

While I am disappointed with the uninspiring architecture of the seven-storey building I like the little lane idea for the drab Westgate Mall a lot.

Retail incubator MANY 2.0 is occupying the Spotlight building until development start and a new cafe there has just opened, so go an support all those small local businesses. They are open Thursday-Sunday.

Roel Loopers

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FLOODING FOR FREO MARINE TERRACE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, living, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2017

A new report by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that rising sea levels would have dire consequences for Fremantle and Perth.

Marine Terrace, the Esplanade and Fishing Boat Harbour would be flooded, if the NOAA prediction is correct that it is more likely now that sea levels could rise up to 2.7 metres because of increased melting of antarctic ice.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth and other areas along the Swan River would also be impacted by the rising sea levels.

I wonder what it would do the the Port Coogee and South Beach developments and why the State Government and local governments still approve coastal development so close to the Indian Ocean when global warming is a serious threat to coastal development.

Roel Loopers

CLASSY CLAREMONT COMES TO FREO

Posted in fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on May 3, 2017

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World of Renovation is going to bring classy Claremont to Fremantle’s historic High Street.

The home improvement business will be opening soon and the facade already looks impressive, so keep an eye out for the official opening soon. I wonder if there will be a red carpet. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WORLD OF RENOVATION

Posted in architecture, fremantle, home, lifestyle, living by freoview on April 5, 2017

 

Another new business will open in Fremantle’s West End in a few weeks and it’s not yet another cafe.

World of Renovation is setting up shop in a former art gallery space in High Street near the Police station.

It’s is an outlet of Claremont based  Million Dollar Makeovers, so if your old home needs a facelift or a bit of rejuvenation this might be the people to go and have a talk with.

The entire Fremantle CBD is going through a massive renovation process, so this new enterprise is very appropriate for Freo.

Roel Loopers

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