Freo's View

FREMANTLE OVAL PRECINCT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

 

Integrated into the heart of Fremantle, the vision for the Fremantle Oval Precinct is to re-establish and offer an active venue for sport, community, cultural and health pursuits.

Work on creating a concept for Fremantle Oval and the surrounding areas is underway with the City of Fremantle having established a Steering Group and a Reference Group.

The Steering Group consists of three directors of the City, the CEO of the South Metro Health Service and the Manager City Design and Projects of CoF.

The Reference Group is very large with three Elected Members,  the Area Manager Infrastructure of South Metro Health, a representative from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture, The CEOs of the South and East Fremantle football clubs, the President of the Fremantle District Cricket Club, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the University of Notre Dame, and three managers of the City of Fremantle. WOW, they must have veeeery looooong meetings so that everyone can have their say!

And what is it all about?

1. CONNECT WITH THE SURROUNDS

The precinct is re-established in a way that integrates its internal uses with one another as well as reconnecting the precinct into the fabric of the city centre.

2. CONSOLIDATES A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Develop and enhance the precinct in a manner that consolidates and increases sporting activities on the Oval as the primary use and as a Centre of Excellence for football, while respecting the heritage of the precinct.

3. BRINGS ADDED PUBLIC LIFE

Augment sporting uses at the venue with entertainment, cultural events and community activities that bring added public access and life to the precinct.

4. ENABLES REGENERATION AND INTEGRATION

Consolidate health activities on the hospital site; enabling regeneration and improved integration with the surrounding city.

5. IMPROVES PUBLIC ACCESS

Develop key perimeter sites that improve public accessibility and increase pedestrian activity at ground level, throughout the year.

6. BALANCES TRANSPORT ACCESS

Enable a balanced portfolio of transport access arrangements to the precinct.

and there is more:

PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

Provide Open, Green Space for a Healthy City

Ensure the precinct provides open and green spaces for access by city workers, residents and visitors.

Reveal and Visually Connect the Precinct

Key views, vistas and links are established, protected and celebrated.

BUILT FORM

Optimise Activity through Appropriately Scaled Development

Ensure development opportunities optimise activities / density through appropriate height, mass and setbacks.

Respond to the Environment

Seek excellence in design and aesthetics; develop in a fashion that is responsive to local environmental conditions and sustainability principles.

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

Integrate into Fremantle’s Historic Urban Fabric

Where practical, extend the urban grid of the city into the precinct to improve legibility and urban integration, whilst acknowledging the historical informal and open nature of the precinct.

Celebrate Heritage and History

Understand, reveal, enhance and interpret the unique heritage attributes of the precinct and its context.

MOVEMENT AND TRANSPORT

Invite People In

Improve pedestrian access, permeability and sense of safety across the precinct and along adjoining streets.

Create Good Journeys

Enhance physical connections between the precinct, prison and town.

What appears to be missing are some creative people; architects, artists, placemakers, and also yet again no attempt to involve community groups from the beginning, so yet again they will have to be reactive and that often results in the groups being criticised for being negative.

When will they ever learn at local government that it is advantageous to involve members of the community from the very start because it means a lot less hassles when it comes to planning issues, etc.

The Fremantle Oval Precinct is a huge opportunity for the City of Fremantle and while they mention a time frame of 20-30 years for the development this one is more realistic and achievable than the South Quay development ideas.

Roel Loopers

FRIENDS OF ROYAL GEORGE AGAINST HIGHRISE

 

 

The news that The Friends of Royal George community group has been established in East Fremantle makes sense as it is always important for state government agencies to be aware of the feelings in the community, even when East Fremantle Council’s Royal George scheme amendment only allows for six storey buildings in the area.

Saracen Properties wants to build a slim 15 storey tower on top of a four storey podium, but it is unlikely JDAP or SAT would approve that under the present local scheme.

People point out that a state agency approved 16 storeys on the former Subiaco market site, but that is very different from the East Freo proposal. The Subi site is only metres away from the train station and bus transport and that does not apply to the East Fremantle location that is miles away from the Fremantle railway station and not that close to other forms of public transport either.

While I personally quite like the elegant tall spike designed by Michael Patroni’s spaceagency and do believe a landmark highrise would be appropriate in that location, I also believe that the 19 storey proposal does not adequately address the urban infill requirements of the state government.

When we impose very high buildings on a low rise community the main purpose of the development should be to create many new homes for many people, and not as is the case at the Royal George a mere 40 apartments for a few selected well off on 15 floors.

I am not sure if Saracen Properties will present their proposal to JDAP or come up with a much lower building. The architects told me some weeks ago that they are still looking at it on the computer.

Roel Loopers

 

FOR SALE AFTER RECENT PLANNING APPROVAL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2018

 

Interesting to see that the property on the corner of Wray Avenue and Hampton Road, that received planning approval only a few weeks ago, is now on the market. I believe it is a flaw in the planning laws that this is allowed to happen.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Bad news for regular Freo’s View readers. My mobility will be severely hampered over the next two weeks as I have to wear a leg/knee brace, so I won’t be able to be as prolific with publishing blog posts as you are used to.

SCIENCE BONANZA FOR KIDS AT FREO’S PAPER BIRD

Posted in art, BOOKS, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2018

 

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The delightful Fremantle PAPER BIRD Children’s Books and Arts always have got something special for the young ones.

This coming Saturday August 11 it is the Science Week Bonanza for kids from 8-12 years old.

It’s from 1-4.30pm, so make a booking on 9430 7038.

Paper Bird is at 42 Henry Street, next to the Moore&Moore cafe and arts centre in the historic West End.

Roel Loopers

WET, WET, WET, A GOOD DAY TO STAY IN BED

Posted in city of fremantle, city of melville, perth, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on August 9, 2018

 

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Because it is a bit of a slow news day today, and because it rained a lot over night, and because I am not looking forward to a very wet day volunteering at the Roundhouse, I republish the photo I showed yesterday, but this time in Black&White.

It was taken on the Melville foreshore just up from Point Walter, and if you look carefully you can see the Perth skyline through the rainy mist, on the right hand side.

Roel Loopers

 

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CASINO ROYALE AT EAST FREO LEFT BANK

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2018

 

FUNDRAISER FOR CONQUER CYSTIC FIBROSIS!

When: Friday 10 August, 7pm

Where: The Left Bank, 15 Riverside Road, East Fremantle

Tickets: $98

You don’t have to have seen the Bond film to indulge in Casino Royale 2018, The Left Bank’s annual charity event raising funds for Conquer Cystic Fibrosis.

Tickets to Casino Royale 2018 includes a three hour beverage package, which includes your choice of wine, sparkling wine, beer, cider or spirits, premium cocktail food, Funny Money for a spot of harmless gambling and, of course, a range of entertainment.

Contributing to the good times will be Shahirah Jazz and her Jazz Trio, DJ Marcel, and local artist James Giddy, who will be doing a live painting to be auctioned off.

FREO’S PORTOROSA ON THE MOVE

Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2018

 

Fremantle’s long-established PORTOROSA Italian restaurant is downsizing up the road in Market Street.

The very popular eatery will move into the space below La Sosta, where the lovely Botega cafe used to be, so just 20 metres from where the present restaurant is.

I love Italian food, but Fremantle has too much of the same and needs diversity in its food offerings, and that applies to cafes especially where almost every one of them offers the same wraps, etc.

Roel Loopers

THE LOVELY BEAUTY OF RAIN

Posted in city of fremantle, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on August 8, 2018

 

 

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I am an incurable romantic and a very Sensitive Old Age Guy, so hence me looking for beauty in just about everything.

There is a bit of rain around Freo today and a lot more expected tomorrow, so try to stay dry and warm.

Roel Loopers

OPEN DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2018

 

 

This is an early notice for parents who have children in the last Leavers year at high schools that Fremantle’s best in the west Notre Dame University will have an Open Day on Sunday August 19.

The NDA Open Days are always very nice days with lots of information stalls inside campus buildings and also along Mouat Street, and there is live entertainment and food stalls, so make sure to make a note of it in your diary, parents and students!

Roel Loopers

WHEN WILL ATWELL BUILDING BE FINISHED?

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2018

 

 

Toward the end of last year an item came before  Fremantle Council to deal with the fact that Silverleaf Investments had not completed the Attwell development. Large sections of the glass paneling had not been installed because Silverleaf had spent too much money on tuck pointing.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton put a motion forward, which passed, that the item be deferred for 30 days so that CoF officers and Silverleaf could find a compromise

That was in October or November last year and we have not heard anything since about this, and Silverleaf have not started on the completion of the building nearly a year later, so what is going on?

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When developers get approval from council they do so after council has seen detailed plans of what the buildings will look like, so not completing a development to the specifications in the approval is basically a breach of contract between the developers and the City of Fremantle, and that should not be allowed to happen.

Silverleaf Investments has received approval for a significant development of the former police and justice complex in Henderson Street, as well as for the development of the Mannings building, and another application by them is on the table for a six storey addition to the Woolstores shopping centre site, so they are major players in Fremantle.

What Fremantle Council cannot permit to happen is that developers keep getting away with not completing buildings to the specifications in the planning approval, as this is becoming a common occurrence.

One way of getting buildings completed is by putting a stop on the commencement of any other future development by the same developers until they have completed the previous one to the satisfaction of planning staff. Get on with it!

Roel Loopers

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