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NO COUNCIL SYMPATHY FOR MARKET STREET TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, parking, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on January 20, 2019

 

It does not look as if the Fremantle Market Street traders will be getting much sympathy from Council in their quest to keep the four 15-minute parking bays between High and Bannister Street.

On Wednesday the FPOL committee of Fremantle Council will acknowledge the receipt of a petition with just under 1,100 signatures against the removal of the bays.

The officers recommend to the FPOL members to “continue to monitor any impact to short term parking in adjacent areas after the removal of the bays.”

Now, I am no Albert Einstein, but I have no idea how one monitors something that is no longer there. It will have to be a very futuristic innovation by the City.

The reason the parking bays, plus the loading bay, will be removed is because of the imminent development of the Manning Building by Silverleaf Investments. The developers want to put a new verandah along the building at Market and William streets.

Market Street traders have set up a fighting fund to take legal action against the City but I doubt that will do them any good.

Roel Loopers

FREO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOOKING FOR NEW CEO

 

olwyn willams

 

The position for a new CEO for the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce is advertised on SEEK, so that means that the vivacious Olwyn Williams will be leaving the Freo Chamber.

Williams took over from Tim Milsom three or four years ago and was a very strong voice for Fremantle’s traders.

From the Seek.com website:

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce (FCC) is focused on economic development across the Fremantle region and its purpose is to build, support and sustain strong business activity and growth. As an advocate for business, FCC has been part of the fabric of Fremantle for well over a century and is committed to its future.

Fremantle has an eclectic mix of economic sectors including one of the Western Australia’s major tourism destinations, main street retail and commercial centre, a key hub for port, marine, trade and logistics, a university town, an innovative industrial zone and a centre of creative economies.

A strong and robust business sector is a conduit to develop Fremantle’s economy and workforce and grow its community

About the role

The Chief Executive Officer is to promote the Chamber as a recognised voice and forum for business opinion on matters affecting the retail, tourism, commercial and industrial base of the City of Fremantle.

Key Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Leadership:

Making Fremantle the place for business and include representing the business community to influential stakeholders.

Leading the region’s business community by promoting a robust environment and enhancing economic activity throughout the Fremantle region.

Identify new avenues for future economic growth.

Prepare a strategy on how to deliver the Greater Fremantle Action Plan (GFAP) with key stakeholders.

Sustainability & business growth:

Strengthen FCC’s three business revenue streams, namely membership, building management and export documentation.

Prepare a comprehensive business development strategy which connects all three revenue streams.

Business operations & finance:

Responsible for the finance performance of the organisation.

Prepare annual budgets, monitor and control expenditure.

In association with the FCC Book Keeper and Treasurer ensure that accurate financial reports are submitted, on time, monthly to the FCC Board.

 

MARKET STREET TRADERS UP IN ARMS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, parking, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2019

 

 

Fremantle Market Street traders have established a fighting fund war chest to take legal action against the City of Fremantle about the planned closure of four 15-minute short-stay parking and loading bays in the street.

The new owners of the Manning Building, Silverleaf Investments, asked Fremantle Council to close the vehicle bays so that they could extend the awning over the footpath when they develop the property, with a tavern and micro brewery at William Street.

The owner of Terrace Men has collected over 1,000 signatures against the closure of the car bays.

It is alleged that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the traders that a safety plan had been completed by the City which recommends the closure of the bays, but the traders claim there is no evidence that this has been done.

From my own experience, walking that street daily, the parking bays are not so much a danger to pedestrians but at times a mere inconvenience when cars drive up onto the footpath and out of town pedestrians are not aware of it.

I observed Silverleaf owner Gerard O’Brien leaving the Manning building with five architects at noon on Friday, so the start of the development should not be too far away.

Roel Loopers

SHOP IN FREMANTLE WITH FREE PARKING

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on December 19, 2018

 

free parking

 

It was good to see many more people on the streets of Fremantle yesterday, so I hope this will result in more sales for our local traders.

Santa and his helper are still paying for your parking if you happen to spot them, so let the kids look out for them.

Free Parking Santa will be joined today by Hit92.9 Hit the Streets activation team! Head down to Kings Square and High Street Mall from 12-1pm for a chance to score free parking and giveaways from local stores!

IT HAS BEEN A VERY BIG YEAR FOR FREO’S FUTURE

 

I have been contemplating what the memorable moments in Fremantle were for me this year, so let’s make a start.

  • The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is no doubt the most significant one in decades for our city, so I walk by daily to have a look.
  • The Heart of Beacy project could positively change and modernise the suburb and provide much-needed urban infill.
  •  Andrew-Twiggy- Forrest showing faith in Freo’s future by investing in property here is significant.
  •  The Woolstores hotel development finally approved and two other hotels in Henderson Street as well.
  • If it is environmentally safe the South Fremantle solar farm will be a good development.
  • No more single-use plastic bags.
  • The tavern proposal by Sunset Events for J Shed was finally given the boot by the WAPC.
  • The removal of the stunning Felice Varini yellow art work is a major headache for the city and property owners in High Street.
  • Traffic calming in South Fremantle looks great and so does the Hilton Town centre.
  • Destination Marketing planning for Freo is under way, so let’s wait and see.
  • By-election for South Fremantle won by Andrew Sullivan-again.
  • The Long Table Dinner is huge, great and very Freo.
  •  Age Friendly City working group established.
  • Highrise proposal for Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle stopped.

It has been a big year for Fremantle and next year is going to be similar when many of the approved developments will start and the FOMO retail concept opens at Kings Square before Christmas 2019.

And at the risk of some people accusing me of sucking up, I want to express my thanks to Freo’s very diligent councillors. I do not always like their decisions, but they make them with care and after long deliberations, as I witnessed myself by going to about 80 per cent of council and council committee meetings this year, to see first hand how our grassroots democracy works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

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FREMANTLE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PRIZES

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, local government, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is inviting frazzled shoppers to take the stress and hard work out of Christmas this year by shopping in the heart of Freo.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Freo offered WA’s best open air shopping experience, with a variety of quirky stores to find that gift with a difference, plus a host of places to relax and unwind after a successful shopping expedition.
“Freo has a wide range of shopping options, including unique outlets that are the perfect place to find gifts for the special people in your in your life that are just impossible to buy for.

“We also have plenty of funky cafés for that afternoon pick me up, or reward yourself with a stop at one of Freo’s famous small bars or breweries once you’ve finally ticked that impossible gift off your list.”

The City of Fremantle’s Christmas campaign kicks off this week with the launch of the #shopFREO Christmas competition.

Two prizes of $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle will be drawn each Friday from 23 November to 21 December 2018.

Just ask for the unique code word when you spend $20 or more in a participating store, then head to the Fremantle Story website to enter.

The City has also produced a new Fremantle map highlighting key shopping areas in the city, the best places to park, toilets, things to do and places to grab a bite to eat or have a drink.

Early in December, Free Parking Santa and his elves will be back for their annual visit from the North Pole.
 
They’ll be appearing in Freo right up until Christmas looking for happy shoppers and paying for their parking. Check the City’s Facebook page for locations all through December.

The City is also working with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce to coordinate a window display competition for shopfront business in Fremantle, with Sirona Capital providing $2500 in prizes for the best windows.

REAL FREO SHOE FUN SHOPPING!

Posted in city of fremantle, retail, shoes, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2018

 

 

The first of the FREO NOW initiative pop-up retailers opened in the Fremantle High Street Mall on Saturday, so make sure to go and have a look at it. It’s opposite Culley’s.

SHOE FUN is full of funky, punky, cute, crazy, lovely, colourful shoes, that will delight many Freo women, and no doubt some of our queens as well.

Retail is a fickly business at the moment, so I wish the owners all the best!

On the Freo retail grapevine rumours are abound about alleged generational changes at Cicerello’s, Camera House and Gino’s, but I have no confirmation of that yet.

I have also been told that the relatively new Dangerfield shop is Market Street has reduced staff from three people to just one. Not a good sign, if the rumour is true.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S SECRET DESTINATION MARKETING

Posted in advertising, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2018

 

The purpose of this report is to present to Council the City of Fremantle Destination Marketing Strategic Plan 2019 – 2020 and seek the adoption of the plan and associated 2018/19 Annual Implementation Plan. The Strategy has been developed by the Destination Marketing Working Group (DMWG) in line with the DMWG Terms of Reference (TOR). This report recommends that Council adopt the strategic plan and the annual implementation plan.

When the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council on Wednesday deals with the agenda item above the public will be none the wiser about what the new Fremantle Destination Marketing strategy will be, since council has made the report confidential. Why?!

The City of Fremantle established a committee of marketing experts to advise council on what the destination marketing priorities and ideas should be, but the community and ratepayers are not to know the outcome of those deliberations? Why not? What can possibly be secret about this process that should be open and transparent. After all, it is paid for by Fremantle traders, who pay an additional deferential rate, that was supposed to be for BID, but Council abandoned that.

So please, Fremantle Council, make the Destination Marketing attachments of the FPOL meeting available to the public.

Roel Loopers

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SOUVENIR POSTERS AT GLEN COWANS PHOTO GALLERY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, retail, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2018

 

Posters-poster

 

My friends Glen and Louise at the Fremantle Glen Cowans Photography Gallery next to the historic Roundhouse on Arthur’ Head have come up with a new idea. They had so many requests from visitors to buy the display posters that they have now bitten the bullet and produced them in house.

There are nine different  A 1 size posters printed in-house by Glen, as are all of the photos in the gallery, and they sell in a tube for just $ 40 each.

The gallery also sells limited edition prints on canvas,  small and large mounted prints and block mounted prints, as well as pendants, rings and earrings, so go and check it out, because Christmas is approaching fast

The gallery is at 9 Captain’s Lane at the end of historic High Street.

Roel Loopers

 

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NEW ARTY POP UP FOR FREO MALL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 11, 2018

 

pop up

 

A new pop-up shop will open soon in the Fremantle High Street mall between Optus and SpecSavers, as part of the FREO NOW(former BID) campaign to fill up vacant retail shops with art related small businesses.

I don’t know yet what the new shop will be, so keep an eye out for it.

Roel Loopers

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