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GROWERS GREEN MARKET OPEN RAIN OR SHINE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, food, growers green markets, markets, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2018

 

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The show must go on, so the Fremantle GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET on the lawn of Fremantle College at Lefroy Road is of course open this morning from 8am till midday for great fresh and organic fruit and vegetables, breads, pastries, yummy breakfasts and coffee, etc.

Parkin attended Poppie is all dressed up to cope with the wet weather, so get out there. It’s is invigorating!

Roel Loopers

Photo courtesy Growers Green!

 

WILD, WET AND NOISY FREO MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on April 22, 2018

 

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Fremantle people stayed at home, maybe even in bed, this wild, wet and wonderful Sunday morning as thunder, lightning and heavy rain visited our old city.

I was the only customer at the normally very busy Chalkys cafe in the West End at 7.30am and was one of only three customers at IGA in South Fremantle at 8.30am.

The photo above is a golden oldie I took last year of the reflection of a tree in a puddle in Phillimore Street with a leaf floating on the water. It symbolises autumn for me.

 

Roel Loopers

 

A LOOK AT THE NEW FREMANTLE LIBRARY

 

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The City of Fremantle has released images of what the new library in the new civic centre at the Townhall will look like.

If al goes to plan the civic centre will open late next year when the entire Kings Square Project should be completed.

The Kerry Hill architects design will bring some class to Freo’s city centre.

Roel Loopers

 

WHALERS TUNNEL TO REOPEN SOON(ISH)

 

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It looks like the Fremantle Whalers Tunnel below the historic Roundhouse and the foot/bicycle path along Arthur’s Head will reopen in a couple of weeks.

City of Fremantle officer Daniel Sharp told me that they will shave off the dangerous corner near the retaining wall along the path soon and also build scaffolding to extend the Whalers Tunnel on the beach side, so that any rockfall would not endanger people walking or cycling through the tunnel.

Together with the State Heritage Office Fremantle City is looking for more permanent solutions to the chronic problem of erosion and rockfall danger.

Roel Loopers

CREATIVE PUBLIC FURNITURE IDEA FOR FREO

 

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How cool would this kind of street furniture be for Fremantle’s beaches or for Notre Dame University. Seating and shade all in one unit.

I’d love to see something like this on the grass in Phillimore Street where many students gather in front of the NDA buildings there, and Bathers Beach and South Beach could do with something creative as well.

Roel Loopers

SOLAR FARM COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, family, health, local government, pollution, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

The public gallery at the Ordinary Council meeting in North Fremantle last night was packed full with people, many of them families and children with placards.

They were there for the Solar Farm Business Plan item on the agenda, that deals with the proposal for the solar farm on the former heavily contaminated South Fremantle tip site.

Most speakers supported the Solar  Farm but were very worried about possible health implications for the community if the contaminated soil gets disturbed. They wanted to be assured that all possible safeguards would be in place to make sure that the health of their children would not be affected by any work on the site.

One man in his ignorance claimed that Council had underhandedly sneaked the Solar Farm through without public consultation, when in fact this has been on the public record for nearly a decade and the public consultation process will start with the planning application, since that is a legal requirement. Last night’s item was only about starting a business plan.

The unsuccessful recent South Fremantle election candidate thundered “Shame on you council!” for ignoring the consultation process, but that is factually wrong. She must have forgotten that she attended the community consultation meeting in the Townhall organised by the solar farm proponents and she should also know how due process at local government works and that every box has to be ticked under the local government act, and that the Solar Farm proposal was widely reported in the local media.

It is very frustrating to time and time again hear members of the community complain they did not know anything about planning proposals and blame council for their own ignorance, when these plans have been announced on the City’s weekly page in the Herald and reported in the Fremantle Herald, Fremantle Gazette, on Freo’s View, on the CoF website, Facebook and other social media platforms.

To claim that Councillors try to sneak a planning proposal past the community without them noticing it is insulting and laughable, as it would be in contradiction to the Local Government Act. Our elected members are not crooks who do sinister deals the community is left in the dark about!

Mayor Brad Pettitt assured the public gallery that Council would only approve the proposal if it was safe for the community.

The community needs to take ownership and has the onus to inform itself as one cannot realistically expect to receive a letter in the mail for every new plan in the city.

Health issues are extremely important for the Solar Farm proposal and under the Contaminated Sites Register and EPA laws stringent environmental guidelines will have to be adhered to if any soil disturbance is to occur, and we all will make sure that it will be monitored daily! I too live not far from the site and the southerly wind could easily blow contaminated dust here where there is also a primary school.

Roel Loopers

BUSY EVENING AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

It was a busy night at the full Ordinary Council of the City of Fremantle last night.

The Destination Marketing Fremantle was on the agenda, that will probably mean the demise of BID, and it sailed through with just a few mentions that BID had done a good job connecting small businesses and that the Economic Development and Marketing Department had a gap to close with the retailers in that regard.

Councillors expressed they hoped BID would survive in a kind of precinct form so that traders would stay connected and helped as volunteers at events.

It was unanimously decided to go ahead with the new marketing concept but $ 50,000 will be allocated from the budget for the Winter Festival and the Long Table Dinner.

Also-yes still!-on the agenda was the Sunset Venues lease for the No 1 unit at J Shed.

Councillors disagreed with speakers that the operators would not get the go ahead from the Western Australian Planning Committee for a smaller tavern, as there were examples on Rottnest Island and elsewhere where hospitality venues had been allowed on A Class Reserves and in heritage precincts.

It was mentioned that it would be hard to find another business that would be willing to spend a lot of money to put all the required infrastructure in and that Fremantle would get an improved asset.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said they had taken it back to where we originally wanted it to be as a small bar/cafe and restaurant that would activate the area.

The proponents will only have 12 months to start substantial development or the lease will be terminated. Only Councillors McDonald and Jones voted against the item.

Only Councillor Strachan did not support the License Agreement with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval. He questioned why the city was giving the club so much financial support in difficult fiscal times for the City.

The adoption of the new Precincts Policy was also approved with Councillor Sullivan expressing that he would like a more organic precincts system where groups would be less formal.

And the Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy also got the tick of approval from our elected members.

Roel Loopers

JDAP REJECTS FREMANTLE WOOLSTORES DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 18, 2018

 

The 38.9 metre high proposal for the development of the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre site by Silverleaf Investments was this morning unanimously rejected by the five members of the South West Joint Development Assessment Panel-JDAP.

The Fremantle Society had brought the big guns with architects Ken Adams, Ian Molyneux and Sasha Ivanovich all stating that the development was inappropriate for the location and the design was not of exceptionally high standards to allow additional discretionary height.

Silverleaf’s Gerard O’Brien expressed his frustration and angrily said that he was gutted that the development might not go ahead after spending so much time and over $ 2 million dollars on it already.

“I have been misled all the way” O’Brien thundered, and that it was hard to stomach for a small business. “What do we expect Fremantle to be? What does the public want? We wanted to create something for Fremantle!”

There was a lot of talk that the building should relate to its context and that the scale did negatively impact on the heritage surroundings. Fremantle is globally a unique place!

The design of the proposal was considered to be at best very ordinary, according to architect Ken Adams and that it poorly related to the streetscape.

Former Perth City architect Craig Smith sent his assessment that the applicants had addressed all the issues brought up by the Fremantle City Design Advisory Committee. While the DAC suddenly wanted the hotel tower to be set back there were no setbacks required in the planning scheme. Smith believes there is no rational reason to set back the hotel from Queen Street.

DAC chair Geoffrey London said the decision of exceptional design was made by the collective judgment of an expert group of people, but one of the JDAP panel members said he believed there was a high degree of subjectivity.

There was short adjournment for CoF planning staff to give additional confidential information to the JDAP panel members, so no idea what that was all about as it did not change anything.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said that the vision behind controversial Planning Scheme Amendment 49 was to give developers the option of getting more height allowance as long as they offered superior standard design. I don’t want to relax that requirement, she said.

One of the JDAP members rightly stated that the East CBD part of the city was very run down and that investment in that area was crucial for Fremantle’s development. Maybe there was too much concern about the design quality. “Who is going to invest in this type of scale when the process is so intimidating?”

COMMENT:

While I agree that the building design is definitely not exceptional I still believe this is a loss for Fremantle. If Silverleaf Investments pulls out of this development Fremantle will end up with the very ugly and mediocre shopping centre site for many years to come and that is a disaster for the rejuvenation plans for the inner city.

There is little guarantee that the Hilton Doubletree development will happen, so then all we might get is the eight-storey Little Lane development next to Target.

I really hope Gerard O’Brien will not chuck all his efforts in the bin and walk away from his plans to develop the site, and that he will give it one more good try to get the height he believes he commercially needs and Fremantle gets the iconic landmark building it wants there. PLEASE!!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE SYNAGOGUE FOR SALE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on April 18, 2018

 

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The former Fremantle Synagogue on the corner of South Terrace and Parry Street is up for sale.

The present owner wanted to develop it at the back for short-term tourist accommodation but heritage issues stopped the development that has been dormant for over a year.

The site will be a great asset with the planned Fremantle Oval development plans the City of Fremantle has that will activate that area of the inner city.

Roel Loopers

WORLD OF RENOVATION CLOSED DOWN

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on April 18, 2018

 

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It is disappointing but not a surprise that the World of Renovation shop by the Million Dollar Makeovers renovation experts in Fremantle’s High Street has closed down.

The business was ostentatious and pretentious, and three of the businesses of owner Sasha deBretton have gone into liquidation, according to the West Australia today.

The quite lovely cafe at the back already closed sometime in January.

Roel Loopers

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