Freo's View

FREMANTLE BEGGARS BLAME GAME NOT HELPFUL

 

While there is no doubt that beggars and homeless people do create problems in Fremantle it is unfair to blame Fremantle Council for it, as the tabloid emotive article by Josh Zimmerman in the Sunday Times does today.

The headline screams that business furious at council inaction, and further in the article it is claimed that Fremantle has the reputation as a soft-touch on anti-social behaviour.

Beggars increase in numbers during the summer months in Fremantle and there is no doubt there are heaps of them around at the moment, many of them with mental health issues.

The Community Safety Officers of the City are on the beat every day from early till late, but they don’t have move-on power like the WA Police does, and anyway, that just shifts the problem elsewhere.

There have been several community safety forums held by the CoF which are attended by police and support services, but the frustration is always evident that there is little they can do about homeless people.

Homelessness is not a crime, but public drunkenness, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour are, and that needs to be addressed more consistently, because there are a few too many who behave aggressively  on our streets who make people feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

There is no doubt in my mind that the fact that there are many support services in Fremantle attract homeless people to our city, because there is always a free meal, a new blanket, the Freo Street Doctor, etc. to help them out. Services they can’t get in most other suburbs in the Perth metro area.

Fremantle Council can’t be blamed for that however. We are yet again getting more CCTV cameras which are live monitored 24/7 and we have more Community Safety Officers on the streets as well. Law&order issues are State Government responsibility and not in the power of local councils.

It is an annoying and frustrating problem for which there are no easy solutions unfortunately, but the blame game in tabloid newspapers is not helpful either.

Roel Loopers

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

 

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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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THE NEW FACE OF KINGS SQUARE

 

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We are getting more and more an idea what the buildings at Fremantle’s Kings Square will look like, with these steel structures now being added to the facade of the former Myer building.

Probuild are working hard for developers Sirona Capital to finish the project on time so that the FOMO retail precinct can open late next year.

 

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NO SHOPPING WEST OF THE FREO RAILWAY LINE?

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For the City of Fremantle’s marketing department the shopping experience in our city clearly does not extend west of the railway line, why else would they have excluded important galleries at Arthur’s Head, an area the Council claims it wants to activate, albeit with a tavern though.

Why is there no icon next to the Roundhouse for the Glen Cowans Photo Gallery which is #2 on Trip Advisor, and why no icon at Bathers Beach for Kidogo Arthouse?

Also excluded are the galleries at J Shed and the David Giles gallery up at Captain’s Lane.

When the City of Fremantle last created a tourist map it left out Fremantle Prison, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations. They printed so many of them that we still have to hand them out at the Roundhouse, where very many of our visitors ask for directions to…. you guessed it!…. Fremantle Prison.

It is really not fair, City of Fremantle, that you deliberately disadvantage some traders in our city!

Roel Loopers

NEW FREMANTLE SHOPPING MAP

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, marketing, PR,, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2018

 

Freo map

 

Check out this great new colourful map of Fremantle! It is of WA’s “Best Open Air Shopping Centre”

It even has the Fremantle Prison on it, contrary to the tourist map that has been handed out for many months, which failed to include one of the most popular destinations in our city.

Roel Loopers

 

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.

WOOLSTORES DEVELOPMENT TO START LATE NEXT YEAR

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, development, hotel, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 9, 2018

 

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Word on the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre grapevine is that the development of the Adina Hotel by Silverleaf Investments will start around September next year, because Coles is going to spend about $ 6 million on relocating the supermarket further east within the centre, presumably to make way for the hotel lobby.

Just around the corner the Point Street carpark is also still operating, although the SKS Group had asked the City of Fremantle to return the property to them, so that they could start on the basement of the mix-use development, that will also house the Hilton Doubletree hotel.

But we are seeing a lot of development in Fremantle, and more planned, so our city is moving forward.

Roel Loopers

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

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