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NEW COAT OF PAINT FOR QUEENSGATE CARPARK

 

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Work on the Queensgate carpark on Fremantle’s Henderson Street is progressing well, with a new coat of paint applied over the very colourful old paintwork. This is part of the Kings Square redevelopment by Sirona Capital.

The carpark is due to open sometime in October, before the Christmas shopping starts, so that is very positive as the Point Street carparks will close soon to make way for the start of the development of the Hilton Doubletree and residential apartments building.

Roel Loopers

 

IS THE PLANNED FREO PARKING CHANGE BETTER FOR MOTORISTS?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2018

 

The new planned integrated parking management system the City is considering might not be the best for motorists according to CellOPark, the company which currently supplies  the mobile phone payment service in Fremantle

CellOPark has sent emails to frequent users, see below, so keep an eye out for the reasons the City of Fremantle wants to change providers.

Here the CellOPark email:

Dear ………

I’m contacting you as a frequent user of the CellOPark system in the City of Fremantle as we need your help. (all we ask is for 2 minutes of your time)

CellOPark was just informed that while the city likes our service, it has recently decided to end the agreement with CellOPark and switch to a provider barely known in WA based only on slightly lower costs to the city. As you know, the CellOPark service is FREE for you to use. Always was and hopefully always will be.

The proposed replacement provider is the same company who provides the council with its enforcement system and offers a solution which has been voted as inferior to CellOPark by users in other states. The proposed solution offers less options and stores your money in a ‘digital wallet’ so you must keep balance with them at all times to use the service.

So…(what we ask you to do)

If you like our service and wish to continue using CellOPark in Fremantle, all we ask is that you simply click this email link info@fremantle.wa.gov.au (a new message will open) sign your name and send. That’s it.

Why?

This will help us show the committee that the cheapest option is not the best one and convince them to evaluate the service based on what it provides to the motoring public – you, and not just on price.

What’s in it for you?

As you know, CellOPark constantly promote the service and offer many benefits to our users beyond parking, with a recent example being our April Holden Spark winner who used the CellOPark service in Fremantle and won a car! (https://youtu.be/CZ6a6JRrPTs) and if you help us stay, we will dedicate a special promotion just for Fremantle!

We appreciate your help and we thank you for using CellOPark.

 

Roel Loopers

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MODERN PARKING CHANGES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

Parking in Fremantle will be made easier thanks to a number of initiatives funded in the City of Fremantle’s 2018-19 annual budget.

The most significant change is the investment of $105,000 towards an improved pay-by-phone app, which will allow motorists to find and pay for parking on their mobile phone.

Parking will be timed down to the minute, so there will no longer be any need to guess how long your will need to park. Motorists will be able start a parking session when they arrive and stop it when they return to their car – all from the convenience of their phone.

Motorists won’t have to go to a meter, and won’t need to have  change on them and they won’t need to pay the minimum credit or debit card amount, which is currently set at $3.

The new app will also have a parking locator, where people can search for parking, based on criteria like the cost per hour, time restrictions, and going forward for loading zones or ACROD parking.

Businesses will also be able to set up a corporate account which will be very useful for tradies and corporate fleets.

People who don’t have a smart phone will continue to be able to start and stop parking sessions through a phone call, text message or interactive voice response.

The investment is also seeking to extend the capability to include residential parking permits.

The City of Fremantle says that residents will be able apply and pay for a permit online, and they’ll be linked to licence plates so there will no longer be any need to display a printed permit. Does that mean though that the current 20 hour free parking a day for residents will become a paid permit?

The tender to supply the new parking app, as part of a broader parking management system, is currently being considered by the Fremantle Council.

The 2018-19 budget also allocated $165,000 to replace the electronic parking signs at the main entrances to the Fremantle city centre on Queen Victoria Street, High Street and South Terrace, to make it easier for visitors to locate parking in the CBD.

A further $45,000 has been allocated to replace and rebrand the signs in the City of Fremantle’s carparks.

The new signs will be designed to encourage people to use the pay-by-phone system, make applicable fees and time restrictions clearer and update wayfinding information to help people find their way from the carpark to their destination.

There are approximately 5000 parking bays available in the Fremantle city centre, including over a thousand on-street bays and more than 2300 bays in the 28 off-street carparks managed by the City.

The Queensgate carpark is on track to be reopened before summer as part of the Kings Square Renewal project, however the Point Street carpark will be closed towards the end of the year to make way for the Ancora Apartments and DoubleTree by Hilton hotel develop

FACTS ABOUT FREO’S INTEGRATED PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018

 

A correction and some facts I just received from the City of Fremantle regarding the planned Integrated Parking Management System they are considering:

The estimated cost is $710,013 over the four years of the contract, not annually!

It’s also worth pointing out that the City expects to save $45,000 in the first year as a result of savings made in credit card, bank and transaction fees as more people use the Pay-by-phone platform provided as part of this tender.

The City currently pays a whopping $360,000 per annum in credit card, bank and transaction fees for people paying by card at the parking meter.

Also, the ‘enforcement management’ referred to in the agenda item does not mean the outsourcing of our parking inspectors. That is about ensuring all of the various systems our parking inspectors use are integrated (ie the systems can talk to each other), which is currently not the case, which should result in fewer infringement errors.

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INTEGRATED PARKING MANAGEMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is considering to award a contract for an integrated parking management system, but Councillors at the FPOL committee last night wanted more detailed information and assurance of data privacy protection before signing off on it.

The integrated parking management would improve customer parking experience and optimise the City’s parking network.

It would implement a pay-by-phone system, enforcement management, residents parking permits, promoting capability and reporting services and business intelligence, with dynamic pricing, commercial permits and staff and guest permits as desirable functions.

The contract would be for four years at a cost of $ 710,013 annually (exGST and with CPI to be added from the years 2-4 inclusive).

I am not sure if the enforcement management part of the contract means that the present City of Fremantle parking officers would become redundant and their job would be taken over by the preferred tender Database Consultants Australia.

The officers will provide full council with more information at its next meeting.

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

EARLY START FOR FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL

 

If approved by Fremantle Council the construction of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel and 99 residential apartments will already start in October this year, and not as planned in January 2020.

The SKS Land group, which owns the site, has applied to start Stage 1 in October, which would see the demolition of the multi-storey Point Street car park and the new ground level car park next to it.

Just over a year ago in April 2017 Council approved the application by SKS for a two year extension for the commencement of the development and created a ground-level carpark, but now SKS wants to immediately start with the demolition and excavation, to construct a two-storey basement car park and the ground level slab.

If the pre-sale target for the 99 apartments is reached the entire development will start, but if not there could be a one year pause in construction.

The development commencement would also force the relocation of Circus WA.

I believe it is very good news that SKS wants to start the development 15 months earlier, but believe they should pay compensation for the exterior painting of the multi-storey carpark and the cost of the construction of the ground-level carpark to the City of Fremantle.

The early construction will not only mean that Fremantle will lose over 300 car bays but also that the City will in 2019 lose out on $ 114,000 in parking fees from the site.

Fremantle is in urgent need of more tourist accommodation and with the Woolstores development on halt it would be positive if the Hilton Doubletree Hotel was erected sooner than planned, but the possible one-year pause if pre-sale targets are not met is a worry.

The request will go before the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council this coming Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

EXTRA PARKING FOR STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, festivals, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

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Ahead of schedule the new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site will open tomorrow afternoon, just in time for the long Easter weekend and the very popular Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.

It will add another 155 car bays to the inner city. Fremantle already has approximately 5000 parking bays available in the city centre, including over a thousand on-street bays and more than 2300 bays in the 28 off-street carparks managed by the City.

It promises to be a brilliant weekend with warm and fine weather forecast.

There will be pop-up bars along the Cappuccino Strip, the Kelp Bar on Bathers Beach will be open, the West End Weekender along High Street will be fun and there is also a market in the Fremantle Malls between the Cappuccino Strip and Kings Square.

I am very much looking forward to my favourite Freo festival and all the related events, including the WOYLIE Aboriginal children’s festival in the Moores building!

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE CARPARK ALMOST THERE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

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The  new Fremantle Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site is near completion with solar lighting now also installed.

It will be good that it opens as the Queensgate carpark will close after the long Easter weekend to accommodate the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Roel Loopers

NO(TRE) PARKING!

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

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Notre Dame students often complain that it costs them a lot of money to park in Fremantle, but this attempt at free parking was not successful.

Of course the wrapping of a large Notre Dame University poster around this parking meter in Phillimore Street was done by an idiot and not by NDA students because they are perfect. It was removed pretty fast so no free parking.

Roel Loopers

Thanks Bob Sommerville for the tip off!

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