Freo's View

FREMANTLE’S HEALTHY FINANCIAL RATING

Posted in budget, city of fremantle, economy, finances, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

 

The financial management of the City of Fremantle was strongly criticised by some in our community when it was rated only 42 by the My Council state government website for 2015/16, so for what it is worth, Fremantle has climbed substantially and was rated 87 for the 2016/17 financial year. It was at 79 in 2014/15.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FIRST TO JOIN BIOPHILIC CITIES

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

 

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The City of Fremantle is the first city in Australia to join the Biophilic Cities and will officialy do so on Thursday June 28 from 4-5.30pm in the Garden Room of the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

The Biophilic Cities Project is an umbrella term that refers to research and policy work on biophilic cities, both domestically and internationally, by Professor Tim Beatley and his team at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Its principal aim is to advance the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange, and teaching. Researchers at UVA partner with city collaborators, to assess and monitor biophilic urban qualities and conditions, to identify obstacles and impediments to achieving more biophilic cities, and to identify and document best practices in biophilic urban design and planning. The Project helps to foster discussion and dialogue between and among researchers (and planners and policymakers in case study cities), periodically convenes researchers and practitioners, and publishes working papers, reports and other publications that disseminate the project’s findings. Work on Biophilic Cities at UVA is supported through a generous grant from the Summit Foundation, based in Washington, DC.

Now you may ask, as I did, what biophillia is; Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

FREMANTLE COUNCIL CORRUPTION CLAIM

Posted in book, city of fremantle, crime, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

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A book written and published by former Fremantle Greens Senator and former Fremantle Society president Dr Ian Alexander claims corruption at Fremantle and Perth councils.

The City of Sharks book is promoted as a novel, but the invitation to the launch reads: A novel about corruption and intrigue in the Cities of Perth and Fremantle. A novel which asks: will high-rise take over Fremantle or will the people’s campaign against it succeed?

The book launch is on July 11 from7-30-9pm upstairs at the National Hotel in Fremantle and discounted books for just $ 25 will be available.

I am sure the book will have a disclaimer that states it is only creative fiction writing, but it could still become a field day for lawyers. I can’t wait to read it.

Roel Loopers

 

 

TRANSPERTH BUSSES TAKE SHOPPERS’ PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, public transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 20, 2018

 

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It is disappointing when one wants to take advantage of the free before 11am parking for residents in the City of Fremantle when Transperth busses use local streets near the Woolstores shopping centre as overflow parking spaces.

These five busses took up 17 car bays at 10am this morning. It’s not on!

Roel Loopers

HOW TO LEGISLATE FOR BETTER CITIES?

 

 

What can a small city like Fremantle of just over 30,000 residents learn from a mega city like Singapore with over 5 million people? It was a question Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt asked when he went on a study tour with the South West Group and the Mayors of Melville, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham.

Yesterday at the monthly Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel the Mayor shared his thoughts and some photos, and it was a thought provoking presentation.

Brad Pettitt said that city greening was the extraordinary success of Singapore, as developers were required to create large green spaces on and around new buildings, but there is also a greening of highways, rooftops, walkways and gardens, and road corridors of trees that make large parts of the huge city look delightfully green. That is certainly a lesson we can learn from in Fremantle and in Western Australia, as European countries also do that much better and more intense than we do over here.

The largest vertical garden in the world is also in Singapore, comprising of 57,000 pot plants!

How we can legislate for it is altogether the question though. It probably needs to be done at state level, but there is always a risk that local council then lose control of their city planning.

I have suggested before here on Freo’s View that in appropriate locations Fremantle City should consider a percentage for green space, where developers are granted additional height if they create the equivalent floorspace into a green open space near or within the development.

Brad Pettitt also showed some less desirable and quite ugly highrise development that we definitely don’t want in WA.

The Freo Mayor also mentioned how massive the port of Singapore is with 35 million containers(TEU) a year.

Singapore has over 17 million international tourists a year, compared to WA of less than a million, and it is strongly branding itself as a green sophisticated city. Brad Pettitt thought Fremantle should celebrate its Aboriginal history more and make it part of our brand. We need a major attractor, Pettitt said.

The Mayor said that heritage was highly valued and protected in Singapore and that there is a lot of street activation in heritage areas, something missing in Fremantle, but there was a lack of solar energy use and Singapore was trying to catch up on that.

Brad Pettitt asked if there was a case to be made for greater hight if it helped to create better public realm, because the urban sprawl could no longer be supported in WA. “Get a train to Butler and see what we are doing!”

In that context it is good to note a change of heart by one of Melbourne’s leading urban planning experts Rob Adams, who ten years ago strongly supported densification and urban infill, but now says it has destroyed many streetscapes in the city because the public realm improvements did not eventuate when they started building highrise.

I say it again here that I would love to see a forum about what appropriate architecture, development and density for Fremantle could be, so I hope someone will organise an event that I would love to be part of.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S WEST END CONSERVATION AREA TO BE REDUCED

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2018

 

Fremantle Council is reviewing its West End Conservation Area Policy, with the aim to put it in line with the area included in the WA Register of Heritage Places.

The agenda item on the agenda of the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee reads in part as follows:

The boundaries of the current policy extend well beyond the area commonly known as the West End, and accommodate diverse land use, built form and character. The area commonly known as the West End (Precinct 2 within the current policy) corresponds with one of the distinct areas established by John Septimus Roe in the first (published) town plan in 1833. This reflected both the topography of the area and its intended role within the hierarchy of the town, each area of which included distinctive block shapes and sizes as well as differing orientation, street widths and lot size.

The concentration of investment in the buildings within this area during the gold rush has created a strong built form character which has remained relatively intact, with buildings not only visually harmonious but also reflective of the function and evolution of the town’s early days. The significance of this area and its recent listing on the state heritage register prompt a tailored approach.

The current boundaries include areas of land exempt from approvals under the Local Planning Scheme (namely the Port area, Arthur Head Reserve and the Fishing Boat Harbour) which are controlled by the state, and areas within which the City’s primary control is as manager of the land, as opposed to through the scheme (such as The Agenda – Strategic Planning and Transport Committee 20 June 2018 Page 16 Esplanade and Arthur Head). Furthermore some of these areas, such as Arthur Head Reserve, are separate listings on the State Register of Heritage Places in their own right in recognition of their different (from the West End) character and qualities in terms of cultural heritage significance.

From an administrative perspective, it is recommended that these areas be excluded and covered in separate documents informing the City’s position on the planning and management of these areas, but recognising that the City’s approval under the scheme is generally not required. This has been occurring to a certain extent already, through the development of separate policies and masterplans for these areas, as outlined in Attachment 2. The boundaries of the current policy area overlap with those of Precinct 5 within Local Planning Policy 3.1.5 (LPP 3.1.5) (adopted in 2013) which causes inconsistency and confusion. LPP 3.1.5 recognises (as this policy does) that the Fremantle city centre is made up of a number of inter-related precincts which function as a whole. The boundaries of these precincts vary slightly, depending on whether they are being drawn more from a heritage versus zoning versus land use versus built form perspective, but as there is a relationship between all of these matters, so there are similarities in precinct boundaries. In relation to built form, it is preferable that each distinct area be subject to a single area-based policy. 

The item is on the agenda this coming Wednesday at 6pm at the SPT Committee of the City of Fremantle at the North Fremantle community hall.

Roel Loopers

KAYA AND WELCOME TO FREMANTLE WALYALUP

 

The Sunday Times reports today that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt would “seriously consider” to use Walyalup side by side with Fremantle, to acknowledge the Aboriginal history.

I would welcome that move, and Fremantle Walyalup does sound good, but question why it is taking so long to get more recognition of our indigenous history with more street and place names getting Noongar names.

It makes far more sense to add Aboriginal names than to delete the names of some of the early settlers, so what are we waiting for? The call for more Aboriginal names in Fremantle has been going for three decades, and while we now see Wanju Whadjuk Boodja signs underneath City of Fremantle ones, that is not good enough.

Fremantle Council also needs to be very clear that if it is serious about adding Walyalup to the Fremantle city name, the decision needs to be made before a major destination marketing concept has been developed, so that Walyalup can be included in all promotional material.

Ayers Rock became Uluru years ago, and the Bungles in the Kimberley are now better known as Purnululu, so there are no great obstacles that prevents our leaders to introduce more Aboriginal names for places of significance.

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

NEW FREMANTLE DIFFERENTIAL RATE FOR B&B

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 15, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is canvassing home owners about charging a differential rate for their homes that are being used as Bed&Breakfast short stay residential accommodation.

The differential rate proposed by Fremantle Council would see an average rate increase of $ 195.00 per year for those who use their property for tourist accommodation.

If this affects you, contact 9432 9999 for more information or/and go to http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/strategicdocuments.

Any comments should be sent to the CEO, City of Fremantle. PO Box 807. Fremantle 6959 by the end of business hours today.

I only received the letter of the City of Fremantle, dated June 8, yesterday June 14, so that gives my property owner no time at all to write to the CEO.

Roel Loopers

CHILDREN RULE THE FREO WORLD

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2018

 

Playgrounds

Children are the most important people in the world, so good to see the City of Fremantle is trying to make life a bit more fun for them.

The new playground equipment at these four children’s playgrounds will be ready by the end of July this year.

Roel Loopers

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