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BETTER URBAN INFILL VERY IMPORTANT

 

WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has released stage one of DESIGN WA, the guidelines to improve the quality of urban infill.

One of the most heard complaints in Fremantle and all over the suburbs is the mediocre design of most of the new residential apartment and other buildings in our character cities, but planning rules and even design advisory panels have had little impact on improving the architecture and streetscapes, this will hopefully now improve, depending on how strict and strong the new policy can be enforced by local councils, JDAP, SAT and the WAPC.

Rita Saffioti’s statements says:

Design WA includes clearly defined objectives about what future developments should consider, and includes it in the revised Residential Design Codes. Objectives include:

  • Appropriate scale to respect the local character and context;
  • Minimum apartment sizes based on floor space and number of rooms;
  • Safe, healthy environments with good natural light and ventilation;
  • Development that creates walkable neighbourhoods with high amenity;
  • Green space such as shady trees for outdoor spaces and mature tree retention; and
  • Development that enhances local neighbourhoods. 

The policy will come into affect soon, on May 24, 2019, so that is a good thing.

One thing I have been wondering about is why urban infill and medium/high density buildings are demanded in older suburbs by the State Government but not in brand-new suburbs which are developed near public transport corridors. That makes no sense to me.

Roel Loopers

COMMITTEE FOR PERTH LATEST WA STATISTICS

 

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The Committee for Perth released its latest Fact Sheet with this easy to read graphic.

Interesting to note that the huge state of Western Australia only has 10% of Australia’s population, so over-population is not something we have to greatly worry about here in the west.

While the unemployment rate is 6.3% in WA the forecast for employment growth is 2%, so let’s hope that will be at least the case as the nation’s average is 5%.

Roel Loopers

MINISTER AND MAYOR DIFFER ABOUT VICTORIA QUAY PLANS

 

There appears to be a misunderstanding between WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt about the terms of reference for the Steering Group which will plan development on Victoria Quay at Fremantle Ports.

I have highlighted in bold where the Minister and Mayor got a difference of opinion about the area it involves.

The Freo Mayor commented on this Freo’s View blog yesterday:

A key difference is that this one will look at all of Victoria Quay from the Maritime Museum to the traffic bridge and see if we can move the roll on roll off cars etc further south and open up the area around the Passenger Terminal. This is the first time we have got government agreement to look at this and the right people are around the table.” Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

but in the media statement the Planning Minister states:

“Successful development of Victoria Quay is dependent upon a range of organisations committing to a vision for the 13-hectare area between the Maritime Museum and D Shed, then actively playing their roles to make it happen” WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

So the Freo Mayor believes it is about the entire area from the traffic bridge to the Maritime Museum, while the minister believes it only about the area between the museum and D Shed.

The development plans for Victoria Quay between the Maritime Museum and D Shed were always on the cards and the Port is keen to start developing the 13 hectare area, but Fremantle Council wants it to go all the way to the traffic bridge, but that appears not to be happening if one takes the statement by the Planning Minister for a fact.

Could someone at State Government please let us know which of the two statements above is correct, so that the community and interested parties know what we are dealing with. Thank you!

Roel Loopers

 

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BIRTHDAY OF ONE OF FREMANTLE’S GREATEST

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, history, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on January 12, 2019

 

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Yesterday, January 11, was the birthday of CY O’Connor, who no doubt was one of Freo’s and Western Australia’s greatest pioneers.

Charles Yelverton O’Connor built the Fremantle harbour and also the 530km long water pipeline from Perth to Kalgoorlie, but sadly he received a lot of criticism from politicians and the Sunday Times and became quite depressed. He killed himself at South Beach on March 10, 1902. A sculpture in the Indian Ocean by Tony Jones reminds us of CY’s sad ending.

CY O’Connor was born in Gravelmouth, Castletown, County Westmead in the Republic of Ireland on January 11, 1843 and migrated to New Zealand as a 21 year-old.

He became Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia in 1891.

I very often tell the remarkable and sad story of Charles Yelverton to tourists at the Roundhouse, because I consider him to be one of the great pioneers of our state and Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

STATE GRANTS FOR WA MUSICIANS!

Posted in city of fremantle, music, state government, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on January 7, 2019

 

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Applications for the W.A. Contemporary Music Fund Grants will open this month, helping musicians from across the State to make and promote their music and do what they love.

Music is an integral part of our Fremantle community and the grants will hopefully help create more opportunities for artists in WA.

Visit www.dca.wa.gov.au/funding if you’re interested in applying or need more information.

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SILLY CLAIM THAT BARNETT WOULD PUT FREMANTLE IN ADMINISTRATION

 

Fremantle Society president John Dowson likes to make outrageous claims, as long as they are negative about Fremantle Council, so this alleged statement by former WA Premier Colin Barnett surely must be taken with a grain of salt.

In his latest email message to FS members JD claims that: “Recent controversial decisions of Fremantle Council, particularly relating to Australia Day, and being told that the council still refuses to fly the Australian flag from the Town Hall long after spending $3 million to fix it up, led the former Premier to tell the Fremantle Society this week that : “If I was still Premier, I would put Fremantle Council into Administration.”

So are we really to believe that a state government would put a local government, which has been pro-active in encouraging extensive development and urban infill, into administration just because they don’t fly the Australian flag and don’t celebrate Australia Day on January 26? I doubt that very much!

Dowson also suggested in a recent email to FS members that Fremantle’s new destination marketing should be about telling stories, such as that Prince Phillip was in Fremantle Port for one day during WW II. Yep, that would get thousands of Chinese, Indonesian and Malaysian tourists rushing to Fremantle for sure. OMG!

And have the FS members noticed that their president talks about himself like the Queen? The Fremantle Society met the former premier, the Fremantle Society met David Attenborough, etc. when it was only JD meeting these people?

The AGM of the society was held last night and I fear we’ll be getting another year of unbalanced narrow-minded negativity and anti-change, anti-development and anti-progress messages from its president.

Roel Loopers

 

STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

 

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The 16 days VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN campaign held a breakfast on the lawn of the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle this morning.

It is very disturbing to hear that domestic violence in Australia has been increasing over the last years, and that is not acceptable!

Roel Loopers

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GREAT PROTECT NINGALOO EVENT AT ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, fundraising, mining, Uncategorized, western australia, whales by freoview on November 16, 2018

 

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A big crowd turned up on Friday evening at The Glen Cowans Photo Gallery and Fremantle Roundhouse for the PROTECT NINGALOO fundraising event.

Many artists have donated their works which are on the walls of the gallery, so go and have a look on the weekend. There are some really great works there!

There were some speeches and music, drinks and a lovely sunset.

It was good to have the fight for the protection of a national nature heritage area in the oldest public building in WA, and it is all about stopping the ridiculous plan to build a 500 hectare gas pipe launch plant at Heron Point and tugs dragging huge steel pipes across the nursery flats of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

That madness needs to be stopped because Ningaloo Reef’s health cannot be jeopardised!

Roel Loopers

WA STATE HERITAGE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

 

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Nominations for the Western Australian HERITAGE AWARDS 2019 are now open.

For more information visit: http://www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/awards

Roel Loopers

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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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