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COURT OF APPEAL RULES AGAINST JDAP

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

DEFENDING PUBLIC SPACES WA has just posted the outcome of a court case on Facebook that is significant to other communities, such as Fremantle, where significant urban infill is happening. Here the essential part of the media release:

Once again two individual rate payers have won their bid in the WA Court of Appeal to correct errors made by a Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in Western Australia. Karyl Nairn and Ric Hawley succeeded today in overturning another erroneous decision by a JDAP to approve a non-compliant planning application for the site at 74 Mill Point Road in South Perth’s Peninsula.

The WA Court of Appeal today (20/02/2018) issued its judgment in respect of planning approval granted last year at 74 Mill Point Road for a 34 storey tower block. The development application by Edge Developments was strongly opposed by local residents, including on the two grounds which the Court of Appeal has upheld and which a majority of members of the JDAP ignored.

The Court found that the JDAP misapprehended or disregarded the limits of its function under the scheme and took into account an irrelevant consideration. Importantly, the Court also held that the JDAP was wrong to rely on its own previous unlawful approvals of other very high towers in South Perth as a justification for approving new high rise developments.

Consequently, the JDAP exceeded its jurisdiction and the Court quashed its approval.

FREMANTLE ELECTORS MEETING TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

A reminder that the annual City of Fremantle Electors Meeting will be held at 6pm this evening at the Fremantle Townhall.

Ask questions, put in motions, grill our elected members and staff. This is your evening.

Roel Loopers

VOTE SULLIVAN FOR SOUTH WARD!

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

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If you live in South Ward of the City of Fremantle and have not sent in your ballot paper yet, please do it today!

Just about 40 per cent of eligible voters participated in the October local government election in Fremantle and that is disappointing.

I already voted for Andrew Sullivan because from my close-up observations of Fremantle Council Sullivan has been a very impressive contributor with a huge knowledge of local government procedure and planning.

The South Ward by-election was made necessary after an unforgivable blunder of the WA Electoral Commission, so now we have to go through the process again.

Voting is not only your democratic duty and right but a privilege that many people around the world envy us for.

VOTE PLEASE!

Roel Loopers

BROOME TO BICTON CONCERT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, concert, culture, entertainment, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

Feb 24 Broome to Bicton

 

The traditional annual Broome to Bicton concert by the Kimberley based Pigram Brothers is on again this coming Saturday, so don’t mis out!

The free concert by the Aboriginal musicians is on from 4.30 pm at Quarantine Park just above the Bicton Bath.

Donations are welcome to keep the tradition going.

Roel Loopers

FREE D LOCKS FOR FREMANTLE CYCLISTS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, cycling, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

City of Fremantle’s Community Safety Team will be giving out free D-locks in an effort to reduce bike theft. The campaign will be launched at a Bike Theft Awareness Day at Kings Square this Friday 25 February, starting at 10am.

The ‘Lock down on bike theft’ campaign will focus on Fremantle’s city centre and run from February through to April.

It is a collaboration between Fremantle Police and the City of Fremantle, with the Public Transport Authority rolling out a similar initiative at Fremantle Train Station during February.

 

D-locks have been proven to be quite robust and they can only be removed using a cutting device or saw whereas a standard bike cable can be cut within 10 or 15 seconds using a standard cutting device.

The Community Safety Team has about 200 D-locks to give out to the public over the next two to three months.

 

Fremantle residents will be able to collect a free D-lock, have their bikes engraved and learn some handy tips about where to park their bikes and lock them properly.

The free D-locks are available to Fremantle residents only and are limited to one per person until stocks run out.

Roel Loopers

MEET BRAD AND JOSH IN THE BURBS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, democracy, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

The monthly Mayor in the Suburbs is a new initiative by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who tomorrow, Wednesday February 21, will be at the new South Beach basketball court between 11am and midday to answer questions, and hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Next month it will be at a different location, that will be announced on the Mayor’s blog and City of Fremantle website.

Fremantle Federal MP Josh Wilson is also doing something similar, so keep up to date with the locations of his Open Air Office on his Facebook page.

When politicians go out of their way to come your way and meet you it shows they genuinely want to communicate with the community. Take advantage of it!

Roel Loopers

SOLAR FARM PLANS FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in Uncategorized, local government, city of fremantle, environment, energy, solar by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

A development application has been submitted to the City of Fremantle by Australian energy renewal company EPURON to build a solar farm on the former South Fremantle landfill site.

The proposed solar farm will cover approximately 8 hectares of the 19.4 hectare landfill site on Cockburn Road and produce up to 4.9 megawatts of power.

The CoF has been looking at what to do with the site since 1985 but because it is a contaminated site it is very limited what can be done there.

Previous interest to build a solar farm on the site were abandoned after the companies did their financial due diligence. If Fremantle Council approves the application it will be the first urban solar farm of this scale in Australia.

The former landfill site is owned by the City of Fremantle and will be leased to Epuron to develop the project.

Epuron has been developing large scale wind energy projects since 2003 and solar photovoltaic facilities since 2010, including a 3.1 MW project in Alice Springs and a 2 MW project at Yulara in the Northern Territory.

The development application is open for public comment until 30 March 2018 and a community information session will be held at the Fremantle Town Hall on 1 March 2018, starting at 6pm.

Roel Loopers

FREO NOTRE DAME STUDENTS ARE BACK!

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

 

It is a delight to see all the Notre Dame University students back on the streets and in the cafes of the Fremantle West End.

I had a look at the refurbished Prindiville Hall where students can gather, relax and connect in several different sections of the building. They even put an entry in big enough to allow food trucks in for special events.

This Thursday at 4.15 pm the traditional annual student parade with drum band will snake through the Freo city centre, so give them a smile and a wave!

Roel Loopers

LEARN ABOUT OUR SHARED HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle foundation, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

The Fremantle Foundation is holding a Vital Conversation about Australia’s shared history – opening hearts, opening minds

It is an intensive one day workshop exploring ‘Australia’s Shared History’.

We learnt about Captain Cook, Stirling and Fremantle and the history of British colonisation but most of us know very little about Australia’s history from the Indigenous perspective.

With discussions around Australia Day increasing and the success of One Day in Fremantle, this Vital Conversation offers the chance to take the next step in your personal understanding.

This one day intensive brings knowledge and deep insights into the shared history of Australians. It looks through the eyes of the First Australians and with this Indigenous perspective sheds light on a past we all share.

Specifically it will increase effective and respectful professional and personal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by:

  • gaining knowledge of our shared history from an Indigenous perspective
  • increasing awareness of the impacts which continue to affect Aboriginal Australians today
  • learning to be comfortable and confident in the third space

It is on at 8.30AM – 4.30PM, Tuesday 27th February in the Big Hall in the Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide St. Fremantle, just opposite the Basilica.

Cost: $80 per person

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

The day is facilitated by Jenny Hunter and Kelly Terry, with guest Aboriginal presenters including respected Aboriginal elder Dr Noel Nannup.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO KINGS SQUARE DEMOLITION STARTED

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2018

 

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So good to see walls and roofs coming down on the Queensgate building at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

A huge crane in Henderson Street was lifting four portable offices  for PROBUILD onto the roof of the car park, while inside heavy machinery was demolishing the Queensgate building.

The long awaited new development by Sirona Capital will see the all new FOMO retail concept at Kings Square in less than two years.

Roel Loopers

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