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FREMANTLE COMPETITIVE LEASING POLICY UNFAIR TO ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES.

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, local government, retail, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2019

 

Item 1906-1 on Wednesday’s FPOL Committee agenda of Fremantle Council raises interesting questions as to why the City of Fremantle has a ‘competitive manner leasing policy’ for its properties.

The item is about renewing the lease of the Fremantle Public Golf Course at Montreal Street and officers suggest that Councillors agree to an exemption of the competitive manner leasing policy because the Lessee has a proven record.

I believe it is pretty fair to extend the lease for the present Lessee but question why that does not apply to other Lessees or License Holders in Fremantle, such as the artists of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct.

It is not as if the competitive policy allows the City to get more money for its properties, because the City sets the rents, so it can only be about wanting change for no practical reasons.

Why does the City want established artists who have been professionally and successfully operating to engage in a competitive process, when there is no guarantee that new artists will be equally successful and able to pay the rent? There have been several failures at Arthur’s Head where at the end the City had to write off outstanding rent because it was not recoverable.

There are not many sculptors who still do traditional life-size bronze sculptures the way Greg James does at J Shed, so that should qualify as unique as well.

Jenny Dawson has run her ceramic art business successfully for twenty years at J Shed and pays full commercial rates to the city, which are determined by an outside consultant.

I have heard the argument from Councillors that if the artists pay commercial rates at Arthur’s Head it won’t be difficult for them to pay full rates elsewhere in Fremantle, but that is bollocks, and even more so for retail art galleries such at Glen Cowans and David Giles.

Establishing a small business is bloody hard work, and starting somewhere else all over again sets back a business by years, so it is time Fremantle Council reconsidered its competitive manner leasing policy because all it does is penalise successful established businesses, and that is very unfair.

Roel Loopers

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WATER PIPES FOR FREMANTLE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

Posted in city of fremantle, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2019

 

I received this information below late yesterday from the Water Corporation regarding the planned work on water pipes in the Fremantle CBD, so it is important to share it with the community. Please pass it on!

Today we met with representatives from the City of Fremantle, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, West End Traders and Freo Now to discuss the proposed work. Key concerns raised included the proposed streets for renewal in 2019, in particular High Street, the timing of this work and potential negative impacts to the businesses.

Following this meeting, we’re looking for expressions of interest from individuals to form a working group. The purpose of the working group is to hear comments, questions and concerns from representatives across the whole project area. Your feedback will play an important role in our decision making process for the project.

Please email pipesforperth@watercorporation.com.au with your contact details, if you’re businesses owner, building owner, or resident and why you’re interested in being a part of the group.

We hope to form this working group as soon as possible and meet within the next week to discuss next steps.

Customer survey

Please check your email inboxes for a customer survey which was sent this morning, asking customers to vote for your preferred working hours and days for the work. We encourage everyone to participate and provide your feedback. This information and your feedback will be used in determining suitable working days and hours for the project.

The survey will remain open until midnight Friday 14 June. The results will be shared with everyone Monday 17 June.

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, hospitality, parking, retail, tourism, traders, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 31, 2019

 

I received the latest update for the PIPES for FREMANTLE from the Water Corporation so I’ll publish it in full here so that the Freo community is aware of all the details:

Please read the below update about upcoming work to renew the ageing water mains across Fremantle.

Meeting with City of Fremantle

On Monday 27 May 2019 members of the Water Corporation project team met with City of Fremantle CEO Philip St John and Mayor Brad Pettit to discuss the work including concerns raised by the business community.

Together, we all agreed the work must be done as quickly and safely as possible, with the least amount of impact as practically possible to the whole community.

We are currently working closely with the City to identify flexible working hour options for each individual street for renewal. Each street is home to residents and businesses, or a combination of both. This means a 24 hour, seven days a week approach may not always be the best option for a residential street, as we do prefer to offer customers some reprieve from the work.

Other flexible working hour options can include working on the weekends, longer shifts and the potential for both day and night work shifts where appropriate.

Customer survey

You will soon receive an invitation to participate in a survey about your preferred working days and hours for the construction work to be carried out. This information and your feedback will be used in determining suitable working days and hours for the project.

The survey will be sent within the next week.

Awarding a contract of work

We’re still yet to award a contract. This is taking longer than expected, however we will share this information with all customers once it becomes available.

Project timeline

To ensure we’re vacating the area before the summer months, we’ve decided to split the renewal of streets into two packages of work.

Streets for renewal mid-July to November 2019

Bannister Street, between Pakenham Street to Market Street
Collie Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
Essex Lane, between Collie Street and Essex Street
Essex Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
High Street, between Little High Street and Market Street
Marine Terrace, between Cliff Street and Suffolk Street, and Howard Street and Price Street
Norfolk Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
Streets for renewal March to mid-2020 (months be confirmed)

Pakenham Street, between Collie Street and Leake Street
Leake Street and Cantonment Street, between Pakenham Street and Queen Street
Nairn Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street
Market Street, between High Street and Bannister Street
South Terrace, between Bannister Street and Norfolk Street
Please note, the above timings are subject to change pending a contract being awarded. Work will be carried out in a staged approach. We will share a proposed construction schedule and traffic management with customers once this information becomes available.

Pipes for Perth pop up shop – 66 High Street, Fremantle

A Pipes for Fremantle pop up information centre will be located at 66 High Street, Fremantle, for the duration of the construction work. Members of the project team will be on hand at the shop to discuss the project in detail, answer questions and listen to any concerns the local community or businesses may have.

Business information sessions will take place at the pop up shop between 18 and 20 June 2019.

Further information about the information sessions, opening hours and an official pop up shop open date will be provided shortly.

The next project update will be sent Friday 7 June 2019.

Who to contact

For more information, please visit watercorporation.com.au/pipesforfremantle. Alternatively, telephone our dedicated Pipes for Perth Customer Solutions team on (08) 9420 3529, available weekdays during business hours or email pipesforperth@watercorporation.com.au.

Kind Regards
Community Engagement
Water Corporation

 

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ANGST ABOUT NEW WATER PIPES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail, traders, traffic, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 30, 2019

 

There is quite a bit of apprehension about the Pipes for Fremantle works which are scheduled by the Water Corporation to start in June in the Fremantle CBD.

Traders and Council staff are concerned about the inevitable impact the road works will have with road closures, accessibility problems and loss of parking bays, so what can be done to make it as good as possible?

Of course the first that was considered was free parking, but it is doubtful it would have a tangible impact and would be more of a goodwill gesture than anything else.

How can Watercorp make it any better because there is day-time and night-time trading in the inner city, so moving the essential renewal of the pipes to the evenings is not a solution. Day and night work would make the project faster and roads would be closed for a shorter time, but is that practical?

To put it bluntly, without wanting to create panic, there are no easy solutions. The work has to be done or we might end up with water mains bursting and flooding and other damage, so our struggling traders will have to cop it again. I hope for them that financial compensation is an option because there is little doubt that the water pipes work will impact on their businesses.

Streets for renewal include:

  • Bannister Street, between Pakenham Street to Market Street.
  • Collie Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace.
  • Essex Lane, between Collie Street and Essex Street.
  • Essex Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace.
  • High Street, between Little High Street and Market Street.
  • Leake Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street.
  • Marine Terrace, between Cliff Street and Suffolk Street, and Howard Street and Price Street.
  • Market Street, between High Street and Bannister Street
  • Nairn Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street.
  • Norfolk Street, between Marine Terrace and South Terrace
  • Pakenham Street, between Collie Street and Leake Street
  • South Terrace, between Bannister Street and Norfolk Street

We estimate this construction work will take now place between June and November 2019.

Streets no longer included in this package of work include:

  • Henry Street, between Marine Terrace and Phillimore Street.
  • Pakenham Street, Leake Street to Phillimore Street.
  • Phillimore Street, between Henry Street and Pakenham Street.
  • Short Street, between Pakenham Street and Market Street

Renewal of the water mains on these streets will be completed at a later date.

Roel Loopers

 

REAL SUPPORT FOR FREMANTLE’S SMALL BUSINESSES

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, retail, shopping, traders, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2019

 

Great new idea to support Fremantle’s small businesses!

Small businesses in Fremantle will have access to subsidised training, support and mentoring under a new pilot program being trialed by the City of Fremantle.

The City has appointed independent small business advocates Freo Now and local business support organisation Business Foundations to offer the Business Capacity Building program.

The program will initially be open to up to 40 retail or hospitality, bricks and mortar small businesses based in the City of Fremantle, with the City contributing 80 per cent of the cost.

Business Foundations will provide general business advice and performance assessment services, while Freo Now will offer assistance with sales and promotion and financial management.

At the end of the pilot period, the City will consider extending and broadening the program based on the feedback of businesses and the service providers.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the capacity building program was designed to give local small businesses a helping hand in a tough economic climate.

Many small businesses close within a year because they have not done their market research and just follow a dream, so a program that deals with the hard-hitting facts of running a small business in challenging economic times is fantastic.

To apply for the program go to the Business Capacity Building page on the City of Fremantle website: https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/business/your-business/managing-and-growing-your-business

Roel Loopers

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FREO CRUISE SHIP SEASON ENDED THIS WEEK

 

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The Fremantle cruise ship season for this summer ended this week when the Viking left Fremantle Port on Thursday.

There were 35 cruise ship calls to Fremantle, which annually bring around 88,000 passengers to town with an estimated value to Fremantle of $ 235 million.

Shuttle buses from the Passenger Terminal on Victoria Quay to Kings Square were provided by the City of Fremantle, where they were greeted by tourist guides from the Visitor Centre, while roaming visitor guides walked around the inner city to give out information and street maps.

There were several ships who arrived on a maiden journey to Freo, including the huge MSC Magnifica pictured above.

The next cruise ship will arrive on October 20.

Roel Loopers

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TRADERS UPDATED ABOUT KINGS SQUARE PROCESS

 

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Only a handful of local traders turned up yesterday for an update about the building progress of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

These updates at the Federal Hotel have been regular events to keep affected traders in the loop.

Those who came heard form builders Pindan and Probuild, Sirona Capital and City of Fremantle Director Infrastructure and Project Delivery Graham Tattersall that things are going very well and to schedule.

Completion of our Civic Centre community facility will be in July 2020, so a construction period of 18 months. Excavation will start in two weeks for the lower level and the main structure will be up before Christmas this year, so that will give us all a much better idea of what we can expect and how it works in the space.

Sirona is on the home straight with their two buildings and they are estimated to be completed by August/September this year. The paving of Newman Court on the Sirona side will be done in September and the Civic Centre half toward completion of that building.

Queen Street should be back to normal in July when the hoarding there comes down, so that will make traffic flow a bit easier.

The Newman Court thoroughfare between William Street and Queen Street will be open before Christmas, so that is good news as well. Scaffolding around the carpark will be removed in July.

Roel Loopers

 

 

 

 

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BETTER BID BETTER BUSINESS

Posted in bid, chamber of commerce, city of fremantle, retail, tourism, traders by freoview on February 9, 2017

The decision to continue with the Fremantle BID-Business Improvement District was deferred on Wednesday evening by the City of Fremantle’s Finance, Policy and Legislation Committee because members were not convinced that BID has found its niche yet, in what Chair Andrew Sullivan called the Holy Trinity of BID, the Chamber of Commerce and the CoF. It had five years to find that focus.

New BID CEO Tim Milsom told the Councillors about plans for new events, markets, getting external funding etc. but the elected members questioned if it should be BID’s role to organise events or rather to connect traders better with events the city and outside organisations already put up.

How do businesses, especially retailers, get to benefit from events and what are the programs, outcomes and benefits councillors asked.

Olwyn Williams, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce spoke against extending the BID contract for another three years.

It was questioned how effective and successful BID could be when relying on a handful of volunteers and staff.

BID has been successful with running treasure hunts during school holidays which attract large numbers of children with parents who stay in Fremantle long, discover new businesses and often come back a second day to do the whole list.

For example the Sculpture@Bathers show could have a fringe events where artists who are not invited to the main show on Bathers Beach exhibit their sculptures in the windows of shops all over Fremantle and walking tours to view them could be organised by BID. Retailers could offer specials to people who come to events and tap into social media more and better.

For BID to want to organise new markets they should realise that there are already too many markets around Perth according to unhappy stall holders. The Friday night market at Princess May Market failed to attract new people and the Fremantle and E Shed markets, and the very successful South Beach food market and Growers Green farmers market cater for weekend visitors already.

The challenge for BID, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fremantle is to attract visitors to Fremantle at the start of the week. Freo is doing okay on Fridays and quite well on Saturdays and Sundays, but needs to get busier the first four days of the week. What can be organised to turn Freo from a weekend destination into an all week one?

I think the City will extend BID but it would require that the organisation deeply contemplates its role and find its focus because it has not been able to do that in BID’s first disappointing five years.

If my information is right I understand BID bought the artwork in front of Bathers Beach House and that is definitely not their role.

It should not be up to the CoF to come up with new ideas for BID because the concept is that this independent organisation would cut through red tape and connect with traders. If BID has a lack of concept, focus and ideas than the City’s marketing and economic development department might as well do it in house an use the $ 350,000.00 a year BID has been getting the last five years.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE QUARTERLY REPORT # 2

Posted in city of fremantle, economy, local government, traders by freoview on May 1, 2015

More from the Fremantle Quarterly Report:

Fourteen new businesses opened in Fremantle between January and March 2015. The new openings continue to provide a strong signal that business owners believe in Fremantle’s offering and are willing to invest and capitalise during the city’s important time of revitalisation.

List of new businesses (in alphabetical order):

Beehive Gourmet Pantry (Facebook – Beehive Gourmet Pantry)
Clearskincare Clinics (Website – Clearskincare Clinics)
Distribution Lane (Facebook – Distribution Lane)
Fremantle Hostel (Website – Fremantle Hostel)
Freo’s lounge (Website – Freo’s Lounge Café)
Gesha (Facebook – Gesha Coffee Co)
Han Yang Mart
Pigeonhole (Website – Pigeonhole)
Propeller (Website – Propeller North Freo)
Sawadee Thai massage (Website – Kinnaree Thai Massage)
Spud Bar (Website – Spud Bar)
The Artisan Store (Website – The Artisan Store)
The Modern Eatery (Facebook – The Modern Eatery)
Vin + Oli (Facebook – Vin and Oli)

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