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FREE PARKING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in Uncategorized, local government, city of fremantle, parking, cars by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

free parking

 

One hour FREE PARKING is now available around the Kings Square precinct.

There is really no excuse anymore not to come to Fremantle, do your shopping, have breakfast, lunch or dinner and support our local traders.

The free parking is every day of the week, including weekends!

Fremantle residents with parking permit can park for free from 3 pm to 11 am every day, so that is 20 hours of free parking. Take advantage of it!

If you haven’t got a parking permit yet, apply for one at the reception desk at the Townhall. Bring ID and proof of residency and it will take ten minutes to get one for a year.

 

Roel Loopers

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ABOUT FREO PARKING AND RATES

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

During the Fremantle local election campaign I often get asked about parking and Notre Dame University not paying rates, so I want to share my thoughts on that with you.

I have stated for many years that Fremantle has a perceived parking problem, as there is ample parking in the inner city. The one ‘problem’ Freo has is that street parking is not always available close to where one wants to go, and on weekdays that is often due to Notre Dame students occupying the bays in the West End all day.

Especially on weekdays the multi-storey carparks at Point, Collie and Henderson streets have plenty of vacant car bays, and so do the car parks along Mews Road, west of the railway line, and at Victoria Quay and Beach Street.

I do not believe that broadly supplying more free parking would help our traders and visitors, as uni students would just take them.

We also need to consider that parking fees and fines are a major revenue source for the City of Fremantle, so how would we make up for that financial loss? Reducing services would not be welcomed by ratepayers and residents.

Staying with rates. Like all educational institutions in Australia Notre Dame University is not required to pay council rates, and neither do churches and Fremantle Port.

Notre Dame is a great asset to Fremantle and I am a big supporter of the university. It brings over 7,000 people daily to Fremantle, and West End cafes would not be there without them.

Freo City signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Notre Dame every two years and the uni is required to spend an agreed amount of money on activation events.

UNDA is working on installing street activation nodes at the moment, and is also planning a heritage wall at the back of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street.

In an ideal world a small city like Fremantle should receive rates from each and every property owner in our city, but they have no power to enforce that.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

NEW FREMANTLE CBD CAR PARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2017

 

Point Street

 

Work has started on the new public car park on the corner of Adelaide and Point Street in Fremantle, on the site for the planned Hilton Doubletree Hotel.

The construction of the hotel by SKS has been delayed till the start of 2020, so Fremantle Council insisted they would return control of the site to the City, so that the space can be used, instead of being an eyesore.

SKS will also put a portable sales office on the corner of the site.

The City of Fremantle will also manage the Point Street multi-storey car park from January next year, until SKS starts building in about two years.

The new car park at the Stan Reilly site next to Fremantle Oval is also due to open early next year, so that will help local traders.

And the City has added one-hour free parking during the Kings Square Project development in Queen, Adelaide and William streets. Check the signs though!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREE FREO KINGS SQUARE PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017
 

Good news for Fremantle CBD traders and shoppers!

The City of Fremantle will trial free one hour on-street (kerbside) parking at locations in Paddy Troy Mall, William Street, Queen Street and High Street (east) to support local traders during the Kings Square Project construction.

The decision to offer free parking follows a number of meetings Freo City had with traders and representatives of the Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID), to discuss how CoF could support them.

Other priorities identified include additional directional signage, the removal of alfresco fees; and events and activities to continue to attract people to Kings Square during construction

The City will trial the free parking for 12 months and if successful, will extend it throughout the Kings Square renewal which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

 Free parking at these locations is expected to take effect later this month once new signage is installed to reflect the new rules.  Time restrictions will remain in place from 9.00am–5.00pm.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREE PARKING SUPPORT FOR FREO TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle has just announced that it will be introducing one-hour free parking in selected areas around Kings Square.

Local traders are concerned that the Kings Square Project construction over the next two and a half years might negatively impact on their business, hence the Freo City administration has decided to support them with more free parking.

Stay tuned for updates!

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW CAR PARK IN FREO INNER CITY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2017

 

Fences have gone up around the Stan Reilly Centre, next to the Fremantle Oval, for the construction of a new 155-bay new public car park.

The heritage wall along South Terrace will be retained, and 21 non-native trees will be removed and replaced with 45 native trees once the car park is complete. It is estimated that the car park will open in January next year.

The new parking bays will be an addition to the 5,000 bays in the city centre. Early next year the vacant site next to the Point Street car park will also be converted into a public car park, until the commencement of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel there is about two years.

I have no doubt that traders and the public will welcome new car parking in the inner city, but have concerns about traffic flow on weekends, where we might experience traffic jams on Parry Street for traffic going west and south and on South Terrace for traffic going South, but time will tell how well the City of Fremantle will manage that.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO PARKING RED TAPE SILLY

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2017

 

Government process and irrational red tape annoys most people in our community, and today’s example in Freo was another one where I left shaking my head.

The mainly senior volunteer tour guides at the Roundhouse have reserved parking bays along the railway line, and for the last ten days a car, probably a Notre Dame student, has parked in one of the bays illegally for the entire day.

The Roundhouse office is no longer occupied every day, so today I stopped my car when I noticed a parking inspector. I told him the story and gave him the rego of the car, but oh no! that’s not how it goes, mate.

You need to call the office and lodge a complaint, and the office will then call a parking officer. That means the process becomes a triangular one that requires two phone calls, instead of the officer walking one minute down the street where I stopped him.

I got muzak when I called the City and since I was on my mobile I decided not to wait, so the matter was not resolved.

Why complicate matters when they could be simple? I don’t blame the officer, whom I know well, as he was following directions, but the process stinks!

 

Roel Loopers

NEW FREO PARKING CONDITIONS FROM TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

From the City of Fremantle.

Residents can look forward to simpler conditions for their free parking permit.

Effective today (Tuesday 1 August), new conditions will allow City of Fremantle residents to park for free at all standard on-street (kerbside) car parking bays during the following times (including public holidays):

• Valid Monday-Sunday (seven days per week):
° free parking from 9.00–11.00 am. Permit holders must abide
by the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
° free parking from 3.00–5.00 pm. Permit holders must abide by
the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
° free parking from 5.00 pm–1.00 am. Time restrictions do not
apply.

The only question left is why there is no free parking from 1am at night to 9am in the morning, but I doubt there will be any parking officers on the beat at those hours. ; >)

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CITY ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO DO BETTER

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

I have been contemplating this since Wednesday’s Fremantle Council meeting, as I simply cannot understand the reasoning behind the residents parking permit yoyo process, that reeks of incompetence.

I reacted very negatively when I first read that the City of Fremantle wanted to change the residents free permit parking from on-street to off-street only, and the next thing that happens is that it is all reversed and we are now back to on-street parking, with a few minor adjustments.

For me that is proof of a thought-bubble gone all wrong, where officers did not do their homework and considered all the consequences. Only when there was a community outcry they changed their mind and went back to the past.

The only changes we will see from September on is that residents with the appropriate permit can now also park for free in street bays on Saturdays before 11am and after 3 pm. There is no free Saturday parking at present.

The negative is that all day free Sunday parking now also has been restricted to the before 11am and after 3pm times. That is not good as there are shops that only open at 10am on Sundays and close at 4pm. Sunday lunch with free parking in the CBD is now also out for Fremantle residents.

Then we had the speedhump shambles, where too many speedhumps were installed along three streets, and some were too high. At no doubt considerable cost speedhumps were then removed again and others flattened.

I am sorry to say this but these are mediocre performances by the responsible officers, which the CEO needs to jump on as these mistakes cost a lot of money.

Questions need to be asked why too many speedhumps were installed in the first place and who gave the go ahead for them, and questions need to be asked why the consequences of changes to residents parking were not considered before the item went to council.

The other thing I do not understand is why on-street and off-street parking is not going to be introduced for a trial period of one year, so that the officers can properly evaluate what the financial consequences would be, and how many motorists would prefer off-street parking over on-street parking. This cannot be tested without actually implementing it!

It’s been a disappointing few weeks by the City of Fremantle administration. Our Councillors need to start asking a few hard questions, because the community will blame them.

Let me ask these questions:

  • How much did the installation of speedhumps in South Terrace, Ord Street and Wray Avenue cost, including cost for traffic management staff and electronic signs?
  • How much did it cost to remove some of these speedhumps and modify others, including cost for traffic management and electronic signs?

 

Roel Loopers

CORRECTION ON RESIDENTS PARKING

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2017

 

Well, this is highly embarrassing. I GOT IT WRONG! and was too early in my praise for Fremantle Council and officers.

It turned out I read the screen behind the Mayor wrong last night, and not much has changed as far as residents parking permits are concerned, and we are back to the status quo, with a few minor adjustments only.

So it will remain free street parking only for residents and the off-street parking they wanted to introduced has been put on hold.

Now we have seven days a week free parking all at the same times before 11am and after 3pm. That includes Saturdays, where there was no free parking, and Sundays where we had all day free parking in the Beach Street car park.

‘This permit exempts the holder from paying parking fees for all standard on-street (curb side) car parking bays during the following times only (including public holidays):
· Monday-Sunday (7 days per week)
· Valid between the hours of 9.00am – 11.00am and between the hours of 3.00pm–5.00pm. Permit holders must abide by the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
· Valid between the hours of 5.00pm – 1.00am. Permit holders are exempt from the posted time limits during this period.’

As Director Tom Griffiths emailed me “So, extending the current arrangement to include weekends as well as weekdays. The debate was around also investigating the viability of adding off-street to this package. However, we don’t have any data on the use of the permits (they’re hard copy) so we need to gather data on their use over the next year to responsibly evaluate the impact of that change.”

I AM SORRY!!!!My apologies for publishing the wrong Council resolution. It’s about time someone shot me, as I am clearly losing my marbles. ; >(

 

Roel Loopers

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