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BUT WILL THE FREO HILTON BE BUILT?

 

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My hope that the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel might be starting soon might well be premature, as I assumed the development application by the SKS Group is merely a modification and not an all new plan.

Unfortunately I have been advised by the City of Fremantle’s Planning Department that the application is a new one, and should it be approved by JDAP next year SKS would have to commence the development only within four years, and that is a very long way away for a development that is very significant for Fremantle.

SKD have been delaying the construction of the building reportedly because of de-watering problems on the Point Street site, where they wanted to have two basement carpark levels, but this new application would now give them the scope to delay by another four years, which would be extremely disappointing.

One can only hope that contractual arrangements with the Hilton hotel group will have a completion date for the hotel that is sooner, rather than much later. Time will tell.

Roel Loopers

ONE STEP CLOSER TO FREMANTLE HILTON DOUBLETREE HOTEL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, hotel, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2019

 

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Waiting for the development of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel by the SKS Group has been like the theatre play Waiting for Godot, where two people wait for Godot but he never turns up, so it is a huge Christmas present for Fremantle that the SKS Group now appear to be serious about the development with new plans submitted to Fremantle Council.

It is for a seven-storey, 168 hotel rooms, 45 residential apartments, five shops, two commercial units, a bar and a restaurant on the Point Street carpark site.

A public information session about the proposal will be held on 9 January 2020 from 5:30-6pm at the City of Fremantle’s administration offices at Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street, Fremantle.

The plans and associated documents are available on the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo website or can be viewed during business hours at the City’s customer service desk at Fremantle Oval.

The deadline for public submissions is 14 January 2020.

The plans will then be considered by the Fremantle Council’s Planning Committee before being referred to the Joint Development Assessment Panel for a final decision.

The Doubletree by Hilton proposal is just one of many hotel developments in the pipeline for Fremantle.

The City is also assessing a new application to redevelop the Woolstores shopping centre, which includes a 141-room hotel along with new commercial office space, retail outlets, police station, and a child care centre.

Work is currently underway to convert a row of the historic Warders Cottages on Henderson Street into a boutique 11-room hotel with a new indoor and outdoor bar and dining area nestled between the rear of the cottages and the Fremantle Markets.

Plans have also been approved to transform Fremantle’s state heritage-listed Police and Courthouse complex into a hotel and restaurant precinct.

For more information and to have your say on the Point Street proposal visit the My Say Freo website.

CALL FOR BETTER VQ FISHING BOAT HARBOUR CONNECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, local government, tourism, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on November 27, 2019

 

There is an interesting opinion piece by URBIS director Kris Nolan in today’s West Australian.

Nolan writes that Fremantle Council is on the right track with its push for more inner city development, but he laments, like so many of us have done for years, the missing connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour.

I am one of many in the Freo community who does not understand that that link is not a priority for Fremantle Council, that constantly talks about the need for more activation of the West End.

Nolan also points out that there is a lack of young people in the CBD and that Council should address that, which it has to a certain degree with the planned stunning new playground at Kings Square. One should also not underestimate the impact the closure of Hungry Jacks on the Cappuccino Strip has, that attracted a lot of young people.

So what would Fremantle’s Youth Council like to see in the inner city?

Roel Loopers

FREO’S PRINCESS BACK IN PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliner, fremantle port, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2019

 

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The Sun Princess is back in her home port of Fremantle. It is always a great sight to see one of the majestic cruiseliners in Fremantle, so welcome to all the passengers and crew.

Roel Loopers

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CONFIDENCE IN FREMANTLE GROWING

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, property, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2019

 

Good to read that mining giant Twiggy Forrest is considering more investment in Fremantle, as a short note yesterday in the West Australian by Kim MacDonald indicated.

According to the article the Minderoo Foundation is looking at developing a lifestyle hotel in our port city and that would be great.

Forrest already owns the Orient Hotel in Fremantle’s historic West End and they also bought the Spicers site carpark on the corner of William and Henderson streets from Sirona Capital last year, the latter would be a very good location for an inner city hotel.

Roel Loopers

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STUNNING FREMANTLE SYNAGOGUE TAVERN

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, tavern, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2019

 

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I got a sneak preview of the Old Synagogue tavern development today, and I already know this is going to be my local and favourite watering hole in Fremantle.

It is a fantastic development that has got so many gorgeous features. I specifically like all the greenery; trees, planter boxes, lawn.

The Old Synagogue is next to Fremantle Oval and opposite the Norfolk Hotel. It has three levels and will have two rooftop bars, one of them looking straight down the Cappuccino Strip.

There will be a cosy whiskey bar, a great restaurant, many, many craft beers, a changing wine list featuring WA wines and the favourite wines of the moment.

And the good news is that it will open at the end of this month, so in time for all the office Christmas parties and functions. Book now!

Roel Loopers

WARDERS BOUTIQUE HOTEL STARTING?

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

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I hope the scaffolding around the former Warders Cottages in the Fremantle Henderson Street mall mean that the owners of the Hougomont Hotel, who own the site, are getting serious about the development of the planned and approved boutique hotel and tavern next to Fremantle Markets.

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S RENT A FENCE DOES NOT WIN TOURISM AWARD

 

 

It will not come as a surprise to the Fremantle community and overseas and interstate visitors that Freo’s Rent A Fence attraction at Arthur’s Head did not win a Tourism Award nor a Heritage Award.

Two years ago Fremantle Council decided to fence off large parts of historic Arthur’s Head because of danger of rockfall from the limestone cliff. It took a very long time before an engineer’s report was commissioned and that told us that there is interior erosion because of rain water and that repairs to the cliff on which Western Australia’s oldest public building the Roundhouse stands will cost approximately $ 1,8 million.

While the report recommended solutions it failed to test if vibrations from the heavy container trains that run within a few metres of the cliff face have any impact on the deterioration of the heritage precinct.

As I understand it the City invited the Minister for Mandurah, …err Heritage, David Templeman to do a site inspection but he could not be bothered, and so the ugly fences remain and absolutely nothing is done to repair the damage and make one of our state’s most significant historic areas an attraction again.

At present new solar lights are being installed along the coastal path but looking at fences is not a tourist attraction and does nothing to activate the West End of our gorgeous city.

It is a total disgrace that the Western Australian McGowan government does not care one bit about it!

Roel Loopers

POPULAR FREMANTLE MARKETS

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle markets, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2019

 

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Relaxing outside Fremantle Markets.

Roel Loopers

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BATHERS BEACH FEATURED FINALLY

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, local government, marketing, PR,, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2019

 

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It took an eternity but there is finally a prominent sign pointing to Fremantle’s inner city Bathers Beach. A nice big banner in Market Street near the High Street mall.

Well done City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

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