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WESTPORT COMMUNITY SESSIONS IN JULY

 

A series of community information sessions will take place throughout July, giving community members an opportunity to learn more about the Westport Strategy.

Westport was established by the McGowan Labor government to establish the best location for a new port once Fremantle Port has reached its capacity.

The six interactive sessions will be held in Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, where community members can drop in to find out more about the land use, transport, environmental and economic issues being considered in the development of the strategy.

The sessions will build on previous feedback provided by the community, which is summarised in the consultation report ‘Westport: What you have told us’.

All feedback received at the sessions will be used to inform the next discussion paper, which will be released for comment later this year.

Once complete, the Westport Strategy will fulfil an election commitment to plan solutions for port and freight related transport issues in Western Australia to meet the needs and expectations of the community and industry into the future.

Details of the location and timing for each information session are available on the Department of Transport’s website at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/westport

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO WA PLANNING PROCESS

 

The WA Government has released its plans for changes to the planning process, stating that the present process is more about process than it is about quality outcomes.

The discussion paper that is now out for public comment focusses on five areas which I have copied and pasted here for Freo’s View readers:

1. Strategically-led

2. Legible

3. Transparent

4. Efficient

5. Delivering smart growth

  • The State Government, WAPC and local government to collaborate on the planning and delivery of key centres and infill locations and forward planning of infrastructure.
  • Develop a state planning policy focused on delivering consolidated and connected smart growth.
  • Provide for coordinated land use and transport planning of key urban corridors.

Key reform proposals

Make strategic planning the cornerstone of the planning system

  • Local governments to have up-to-date local planning strategies, including one for housing, through which the community has a say in how their neighbourhood will be developed.
  • Make strategic planning for sustainable development the purpose of planning in Western Australia.

Make the planning system easy to access and understand

  • A single concise State Planning Policy framework with common elements for State, regional and local plans and policies.
  • A comprehensive local planning scheme will be available online for each local government including a local planning strategy, the statutory scheme and local planning policies.
  • Reduce red tape by standardising commonly used zones.

Open up the planning system and increase community engagement in planning

  • A Community Engagement Charter with a focus on up-front community involvement in strategic planning.
  • Re-balance Development Assessment Panel processes including recording meetings, providing reasons for decisions, and undertaking more comprehensive investigation and consideration of complex proposals.
  • Local governments to report annually on their planning responsibilities.

Make the planning system well-organised and
more efficient

Refocus the planning system to deliver quality urban infill

  • Revise the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to include 5-7 specialist members and increase their focus on strategic planning and policy development.
  • WAPC to delegate more statutory matters to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and accredited local governments.
  • Rethink administrative processes that add unnecessary time and cost to approvals processes.

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STATE SUPPORT FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS

 

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I just picked this up on Facebook from WA Premier Mark McGowan, so Fremantle musicians take advantage of it and try to get your fair share of government funding and support!

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

 

 

The community consultation by Main Roads about the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway upgrade is starting with the department sending out letters to nearby residents from today.

The proposed upgrade from Carrington Road to Stirling Highway is part of the $ 2.3 billion Road and Rail Infrastructure package which is funded by the state and federal governments.

Key features for the upgrade are a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve mature trees, and a single lane service road for residents north of High Street.

The concept design period is expected to take up to six months so that the community will have ample time to comment and be informed.

People can provide feedback by completing a survey online at https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

Or send an email to highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au<mailto:highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au>

Posting to PO Box 6202 EAST PERTH WA 6892 or phoning 138 138

There will be an information display at the City of Fremantle Library from Monday 7 May.

Roel Loopers

WOOLSTORES PROPOSAL AT JDAP TOMORROW

 

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The proposal by Silverleaf Investments for the development of the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre site will come before the state’s South West Joint Development Assessment Panel tomorrow morning at 10 am at the temporary council chambers at Fremantle Oval.

Fremantle Council have recommended to reject the proposal because the proposed additional discretionary height conditions are not met to give the proposal the excellent design rating that is required to be granted extra height.

I hope a compromise can be reached between the City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments as the site is of great importance for the rejuvenation of the CBD and Fremantle’s attempt at economic recovery.

The present building is ugly and boring and offers a provincial low-key shopping experience, so a new development, especially with a hotel, would be very good.

We should also not forget that the developers could simply drop their request for additional discretionary height and build a very mediocre building that is within the PSA 49 rules, so the City and Silverleaf need to try to work together to get an exceptional iconic building.

Roel Loopers

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BIG BROTHER WANTS PLANNING POWER STRIPPED FROM COUNCILS

 

It is a worry to read that the WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has put a submission to Local Government Minister David Templeman to strip local councils off their power to make planning decisions.

The department argues that councils should be responsible for planning strategies, e.g. planning schemes and amendments but that councillors should not have the power to decide over individual planning applications, because they are not trained. The individual planning application decisions should instead be made by the council’s CEO and staff or an authority such as JDAP.

We have already had many complaints from local councils that the Joint Development Assessment Panels and the State Administrative Tribunal overrule local council planning decisions too often and ignore the desire by local councils to retain the unique heritage character of their suburbs.

To have a big brother approach to local planning would be all wrong and would severely put in doubt the quality and height and scale of buildings a state authority might deem appropriate but a local council would reject.

While there is a strong push for suburban infill by the State Government to stop the unsustainable urban sprawl it is imperative that local council should decide on the appropriateness of new development plans. Fremantle is not Joondalup and vv and state planners might not have a lot of sympathy and consideration for that.

 

Roel Loopers

QUALITY AND DIVERSITY GOOD CITY PLANNING

 

According to WA Transport, Planning, Lands Minister Rita Saffioti the revised Perth and Peel@3.5 planning concept will focus on good design and amenity while pushing to develop half of the 800,000 needed dwellings in existing suburbs through urban infill and higher density.

But as we are experiencing in Fremantle we do get urban infill and higher density but not quality architectural design and new innovative public amenity, with the Kings Square public realm as the exception.

Wood Bagor principal Leslie Ashor, who is visiting Perth from San Francisco, says we need to build up a different demographic and embrace not only new residents but also universities and schools and encourage incubators and co-working spaces for new technology because they would create potential for new micro businesses.

Roel Loopers

 

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WOMEN URGED TO GET ON BOARD

Posted in city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized, women by freoview on September 20, 2017

 

For all the great Fremantle women who would like to get involved, but don’t know how, the State Government has set up OnBoard WA.

It is a register where you can express your interest to be appointed on a government board, committee, or advisory body, so check it out!

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk published an article in the West Australian about it today, so contact her office if you want to know more about it.

I am one of the lucky blokes who was raised in a family with three strong sisters and an amazing mother, and throughout my life have had the pleasure, and the challenge ; >) , of being in love and living with strong, independent women.

It is not acceptable that commercial boards are stacked with men, and only a minute number of women are appointed to them. Even our governments don’t do very well in appointing women to senior positions. It’s time the macho Aussie image changed!

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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NEWS FROM OUR LOCAL STATE MEMBER

Posted in city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

Here some info from the newsletter of Fremantle state member Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection, Women’s Interest, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, and Community Services.

In March, the people of WA elected a McGowan Labor Government, and we have gotten straight to work delivering better and fairer management of our state. Since taking office, the Government has:
Stopped the Perth Freight Link;
Kept Western Power in public hands;
Frozen TAFE fees;
Put education assistants back into classrooms;
Reduced the number of State Government Departments from 41 to 25;
Introduced domestic violence leave for WA public sector workers
Heritage listed Fremantle’s iconic West End.

Fremantle has lots to look forward to: the relocation of a Government Department to our CBD, the opening of Fremantle College in 2018, the construction of WA’s first MediHotel at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the establishment of an Urgent Care Clinic in Fremantle, much needed upgrades to local roads, and planning for the second port at Kwinana.

As always, I am keen to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office on 9336 7000 if there are any issues you’d like to raise with me.

GRANTS FOR HERITAGE CONSERVATION AVAILABLE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, state government, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 20, 2017

 

 

WA Minister for Heritage, Culture and the Arts David Templeman MLA liked my blog post about the heritage listing of Fremantle’s West End so much that he shared it on his Facebook page. That’s a nice acknowledgement, so thank you David.

I forgot to mention in that post on Wednesday that private owners are eligible to apply for a Heritage Council grant of up to $ 100,000 to help with conservation works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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