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ST PAT’S LONGER SUPPORT FOR WOMEN

Posted in city of fremantle, st patricks, Uncategorized, women by freoview on August 11, 2017

 

A very important message from the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre:

It’s with a mix of optimism and gratitude that we announce that St. Pat’s Sisters’ Place will be transitioning from a short-term accommodation option to a medium-term service for women.

This decision was made in response to the growing need for medium term accommodation for women in the Fremantle area.

In the new service, women will be able to stay in the accommodation for up to 12 months, working with case workers to get their lives back on track.

Emergency, short-term accommodation will be continued to be offered by St. Pat’s Street To Home and Emergency Relief programs.

As Sisters’ Place transitions into its new role, we’d like to thank all the volunteers who have so faithfullly served the community over the last seven years. From all of us here at St. Pat’s, thank you.

HOMELESSNES A VERY REAL PROBLEM

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, homelessness, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 4, 2017

 

An article in today’s West Australian by Ian Carter, the CEO of Anglicare WA, should be reminder to us all that we need to do more for homeless people. It is a blight on society that in a rich country like Australia thousands of people have to live on the streets.

Ian Carter writes that only one per cent of rental properties in the Perth area are affordable to people on Newstart or on a pension. That is ridiculously low and not acceptable.

Affordable rent is considered to be no more than 30 per cent of income, hence the latest Census shows we have 9592 homeless people and another 7070 are at risk of becoming homeless, as they live in caravan parks and overcrowded accommodation.

The main reasons for becoming homeless, according to Anglicare, are domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health, financial troubles, and substance use.

The Anglicare CEO writes in the West Australian that social housing should be near transport nodes and accessible to human services and government resources.

It is important not to see homeless people as an unsightly sight on our streets, but as people who deserve and require our compassion and support. I have no doubt we could do a whole lot better if we really tried.

 

Roel Loopers

 

MORE FREMANTLE TOURIST ACCOMMODATION

Posted in accommodation, fremantle, social media, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2017

The Be. serviced apartments in Fremantle Challenger Harbour are adding more units to the tourist accommodation, so just what Freo needs to attract more visitors and enable them to stay overnight instead of having to commute to Perth.

All the older apartments at Be. have been refurbished recently and are considered to be four and a half star quality accommodation.

They have great views to Bathers Bay and historic Arthur Head or the Fishing Boat Harbour, so keep them in mind when friends are coming over to visit WA.

Roel Loopers

This is a community service, not a paid advertorial! 

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FREMANTLE EAST CBD DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, development, economy, hotel, housing, tourism by freoview on March 19, 2017

This photo taken from the top of the Fremantle Townhall on Friday has historic significance for Fremantle as the inner east CBD will look very different in a few years from now with major development plans for the area.

In about five years we will see the new Woolstores shopping centre commercial, hotel and student development by Silverleaf, the Point Street Hilton Doubletree hotel project, and the eight-storey residential development of the former Spotlight building, and just beyond that the residential development next to the Hotel Australia at Beach Street.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE QUEST HOTEL NOW OPEN!

Posted in accommodation, economy, fremantle, hospitality, hotel, tourism by freoview on December 13, 2016

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The Fremantle QUEST serviced apartments hotel in Pakenham Street opened yesterday, so let your visitors know about this new accommodation in the port city.

It is very important for the Fremantle economy to keep visitors here over night, instead of them going to Perth or elsewhere, so the more tourist accommodation the better.

Roel Loopers

WHERE TO HOUSE FREO STAFF DURING KINGS SQUARE PROJECT?

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, local government by freoview on November 30, 2016

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Relatively new City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn will have a few sleepless nights over the next months to come up with ideas and solutions to relocate all city staff during the demolition of the old and the construction of the new civic centre at Kings Square.

Where in Fremantle is there enough office space to accommodate some 450 staff and also the library, or will the library be closed during the development, which will take well over a year?

I doubt there is much vacant office space left in the new Atwell Arcade four-storey office building and no other buildings come to mind that would have enough floor space to accommodate all CoF staff.

There will also have to be a temporary Council Chamber with public access for Council and committees sittings. That could probably be done upstairs at the former Kulcha space, but it does not have disabled access.

The library could be relocated for a year to the Number 1 studio at J Shed but it is a bit out of the way of public transport and does not have sufficient parking.

Maybe the former Woolworth supermarket space in Adelaide Plaza can accommodate a lot of staff. The buildings is owned by Sirona Capital so they would be keen to assist the City.

It won’t be an easy task for the CEO to come up with solutions, so good luck Phil!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL LIMBO

Posted in city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel by freoview on October 27, 2016

The start of construction of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site has been delayed again with Fremantle Council on Wednesday agreeing to extend the contract by one year.

Council approved the sale of the site in December 2012 and the contract required the SKS group who bought the property to commence building within three years of receiving planning approval, however SKS has now advised the City of Fremantle it will not start construction before the second quarter of 2017.

Council does have the option to buy back the property at an estimated value of $ 9.6 million, but what would it do with it then?

The construction delay is because of dewatering issues for the basement of the new building that now has to be redesigned, according to SKS.

What is means is that we will have to live with this ugly eyesore for another year in the centre of the city.

Sirona Capital was also granted a six months extension to finalise its lease negotiations with the WA Government for the Department of Housing to move to Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ON THE MOVE

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, retail, shopping by freoview on October 10, 2016

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There is a lot going on in Fremantle in the retail and hospitality sector with a New Orleans style cafe opening in Phillimore Street near Cliff Street and the Stable Hand cafe in Bannister Street.

In Market Street Wassup Dog will start selling gourmet hotdogs where the Freo Kebab shop was, opposite the National Hotel, and ACAI Brothers have opened in High Street west where the newsagent next to the Adam Monk gallery used to be and sell superfoods.

Chemist Warehouse has moved next door in Adelaide Street into the bigger former Dick Smith shop and the Italians are modernising with Galati’s at Wray Avenue changing the shop layout and Romano’s at Lefroy Road doing the same and including a cafe.

If you know of any new shops, cafes, etc. that open in Freo let me know please so I can keep the wider community informed about those positive changes in our city.

Oh, and the QUEST short-term apartment hotel at Pakenham Street has its sign up and will open in six weeks on November 23.

A lot of good changes are happening in Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

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MEDIOCRE BUILDINGS NOT AN OPTION FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, buildings, city of fremantle, development by freoview on October 4, 2016

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It was interesting to hear, while I was being interviewed on RTRFM radio yesterday morning about unacceptable mediocre development in the Fremantle inner city, that the 5-storey development proposal for 18-22 Adelaide Street has now become a significant development and that the period for submissions will therefore be extended.

It is beyond me that the City of Fremantle Planning Department believed that a five-storey development in the heart of the heritage city, opposite Freo’s oldest church St John’s and the historic Townhall could be of low significance to the community.

I was the first on Freo’s View on September 27 to report about this under the headline “Outrageous ugliness proposed for Kings Square.” I followed that up with an article two days later about the unacceptable mediocrity of most buildings proposed for the Fremantle CBD.

Interesting to note in that regard that the Fremantle Society claims the front page of the Fremantle Herald and two letters from FS to the CoF changed the mind of the City of Fremantle planners, when they should have given credit that it was Freo’s View who disclosed the plans first.

Because it is now a significant development we can now also show an artist drawing of the proposal that shows three storeys of set-back square boxes with balconies, above the heritage facade, that make no reference to the vertical lines of the neighbouring buildings and the general vertical character of heritage buildings in Fremantle. It’s not good enough and the plans should be withdrawn and redrawn!

If only all architects had the values of Perth architect Jean-mic Perrine who states on his company’s website that he tells his co-workers that they have a duty to create beauty and that mediocre buildings are not an option. Amen to that!

Roel Loopers

 

SPLASHES OF COLOUR IN FREMANTLE CBD

Posted in architecture, art, development, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 29, 2016

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Bland mediocrity with very little colour is the fashion of the day for new development in Fremantle as architects keep designing uninspiring buildings for our inner city.

So it is great to finally see some bold colours in Short Street where they are giving the building opposite Spare Parts Puppet Theatre a facelift.

The QUEST apartment hotel is also getting a splash of colour on the corner of Pakenham Street there, but I am not certain that all that blue matches up well with the cladding of the building.

I also thought these glass panels were going to show a heritage feature and not just a modern abstract art work.

Roel Loopers

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