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COUNCIL WANTS TO KEEP OUR TWO WORKING PORTS

 

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Fremantle Council wants the Fishing Boat Harbour to continue to operate as an authentic working harbour according to a position statement endorsed by Council on Wednesday evening.

The council adopted the statement to confirm its position in relation to future planning processes and development at the harbour.

The leaseholders of the Boat Lifters site at 38 Mews Road, next to the Little Creatures Brewery, are currently exploring redevelopment options for the site and the adjoining Sardine Wharf.

As part of their ‘Harbour Connect’ project AMB Capital Partners, a company owned by the Bennett family, have flagged a development that may involve a range of new land uses, including commercial, retail, accommodation and residential uses.

The Department of Transport has also sought the City of Fremantle’s input into a possible review of the vision for the harbour and the principles that would guide any future redevelopment.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Fishing Boat Harbour was a vital part of Fremantle, both as a base for fishing and marine industries and as a visitor destination.

“The Fremantle Council is supportive of investment and any appropriate new development to sustain Fishing Boat Harbour into the future,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“However, there is no question that the harbour should continue to operate as a working harbour with fishing fleet-related and other marine industries, as these industries are essential to the retention of an authentic port attraction and visitor experience for the greater Fremantle area.

“Infrastructure and services to support ongoing use of the harbour by commercial and recreational vessels, including the boat lifting facilities, should either be maintained or replaced elsewhere within Fishing Boat Harbour if the existing facilities are affected by development proposals.

“Any proposal to introduce noise sensitive land uses like short or long stay accommodation should be limited in scale, and should only be permitted if the ongoing operations of the working harbour are legally protected.”

The council’s position statement also states Fishing Boat Harbour should be recognised as an important component of the Fremantle city centre and should not be treated as an isolated precinct.

Commercial and retail uses not directly related to maritime industries or needing a harbour location should complement, not draw away, investment from the city centre.

Any new development should respond to existing context and sense of place, and harmonise with the traditional low profile industrial character of the area.

Some additional building height could be entertained as part of a major development provided it could be demonstrated the development would deliver significant public benefits.

The council has also called for no net loss of parking in the area, key connections and vistas to be retained, connection to the Esplanade, Bathers Beach and the waterfront to be improved and the extension of Norfolk Street to be pursued as a the primary entrance to the harbour.

The Boat Lifters site is Crown Land reserved under the Metropolitan Region Scheme for Public Purposes (Special Use), so approval of any development under the City’s local planning scheme is not required. Approval by state planning authorities would be required.

 

Roel Loopers

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INAPPROPRIATE SIGNS FOR HERITAGE BUILDING

 

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I disliked the ugly signs, all five of them, at the Fremantle B&B in Mouat Street from the moment they were put up some years ago, and every time I walk by I wonder why there is no council policy or by-law that prevents these kind of awful signs on heritage buildings.

I am not alone in this as Freo people often mention the visual pollution at the lovely Tarantella building that has such a colourful history.

Roel Loopers

FISHING BOAT HARBOUR TOURIST ATTRACTION PLANS

 

Plans to develop some parts of the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour are at the early stages and will require good community consultation and also consideration of the City of Fremantle’s plans to extend Parry/Norfolk Street all the way over the railway line.

HARBOUR CONNECT is a project by AMB Capital and involves business people who have been in Fremantle for four generations.

The site for development is the current boat lifting and storage at 38 Mews Road and the adjoining Sardine Wharf car park, so it would be quite a substantial development.

AMB Capital envisage a development that supports a range of new land uses, which also embraces, showcases and supports the working roots of the Harbour.

The project team have broad aspirations for the site to:

  • Regenerate the currently inaccessible site to create a vibrant and engaging mixed-use precinct that everyone in the community can access
  • Generate future uses that support the existing maritime activity in Fishing Boat Harbour
  • Contribute towards improving connections between the City of Fremantle, the boat harbour and the Port.
  • Celebrate the culture and history of Fremantle
  • Support Fremantle’s creative commerce through a range of retail and commercial uses
  • Create public spaces for the local community that provide a connection to the waterfront
  • Become an iconic link between the ‘green lung’ of Fremantle (the Esplanade Park) to the east and the ‘blue lung’ (the water) to the west.
  • Enhance the visitor and tourist offering of Fishing Boat Harbour, including places for visitors to stay
  • Alternative attractions than food outlets.
  • Enable a diversity of residential accommodation
  • Deliver an environmentally sustainable built form outcome

 

What are your thoughts on growing and improving the very popular Fishing Boat Harbour and making it even more of a tourist attraction?

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY’S FRUSTRATING PROCRASTINATION

 

The news about substantial development at Curtin University should send a message to Fremantle’s Notre Dame University.

The Exchange Precint at Curtin will create a mini city with more student accommodation, shops, offices and even a hotel.

There has been a lot of talk at NDA about student accommodation and that the university is part of the Fremantle community but they are not walking the walk.

Notre Dame bought the large Customs House ‘precinct’ between Henry and Pakenham streets but we have not heard a single word about what they intend to do with it.

There have been constant promises of street activation of NDA owned buildings, but that too is just an irrelevant signature on a useless Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

The CODA Architects designed activation hubs are nowhere to be seen and there are no seats for all the students who just sit on the grass at Phillimore Street in between lectures.

The suggested creation of a relaxation park, where the carpark is on the corner of Cliff and High streets, has also not been realised, so all we are getting from NDA is procrastination and empty promises.

I have been a big supporter of our Freo uni but the status quo really is not good enough, and the new Vice Chancellor is still six months away, and he will first have to find his feet in the new position, so how much longer does the Fremantle community have to wait until NDA  shows they truly care about being part of our community?

Fremantle is struggling and needs all the support it can get. Student accommodation and street activation are part of that and need to be implemented by NDA with priority.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HILTON DOUBLETREE HOTEL TO GO AHEAD

 

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The very delayed plans to build a Hilton Doubletree hotel on the corner of Adelaide and Point streets in Fremantle will go ahead according to Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

After I published a photo of the removal of the sales office for the Ancora departments yesterday, which are part of the development plans, Brad Pettitt sent in a comment that “the proceedings will go ahead but with a tweaked plan”

I remain skeptical though because if the new plans are significantly different from the approved development they will need new Council/JDAP approval and that would automatically give the SKS Group another four years before they would have to commence with the building of it.

Roel Loopers

FREO HILTON SITE SALES OFFICE REMOVED

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, hotel, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on May 11, 2019

 

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It is about time the SKS Group told Fremantle Council and the community what is actually going to happen with the site on the corner of Point and Adelaide streets.

SKS bought the site from the City of Fremantle and were going to develop a Hilton Doubletree hotel and residential units there, but they keep delaying the development.

This morning a crane removed the sales office that was installed as part of the agreement with the City of Fremantle when SKS asked for yet another delay in the commencement of the development.

Does the removal of the sales office mean that SKS wants to start developing in May and not as expected in October, or does it mean they won’t develop the site at all?

Roel Loopers

 

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LITTLE LANE BIG DEVELOPMENT FOR FREMANTLE

 

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It looks like the Little Lane residential development by the Yolk Properties group on the former Spotlight site at Fremantle’s Adelaide Street will soon be getting under way.

Retail incubator Many 2.1 which occupies the building have just announced that their last day in that location will be Sunday March 10.

This will be the closest residential development to Kings Square, so it will be exciting to see it going up.

Meanwhile we are still waiting for the SKS Group to start on the Hilton Doubletree hotel down the road from Little Lane on the corner of Adelaide and Point streets, but I hear rumours that they might even start their Cockburn hotel before starting the very much delayed one in Fremantle and that would be unacceptable.

Roel Loopers

STILL HOPE FOR FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL

 

Artist’s impression of the DoubleTree by Hilton Fremantle

 

The article in the West Australian today about the one-year delay for the opening of the Doubletree Hilton Perth Waterfront hotel at Elizabeth Quay gives some hope for Fremantle.

The Malaysian SKS Group says it wants to get started on the $ 115 million Fremantle Hilton Doubletree at Point Street this year, so let’s hope this is not again another promise they won’t keep, as the project has been delayed for far too long. The company was due to start with a two-level basement car park last October but applied to Fremantle Council for another delay.

Good news also for Cockburn with the SKS Group planning to build a hotel at Cockburn Central as well.

Roel Loopers

IT HAS BEEN A VERY BIG YEAR FOR FREO’S FUTURE

 

I have been contemplating what the memorable moments in Fremantle were for me this year, so let’s make a start.

  • The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is no doubt the most significant one in decades for our city, so I walk by daily to have a look.
  • The Heart of Beacy project could positively change and modernise the suburb and provide much-needed urban infill.
  •  Andrew-Twiggy- Forrest showing faith in Freo’s future by investing in property here is significant.
  •  The Woolstores hotel development finally approved and two other hotels in Henderson Street as well.
  • If it is environmentally safe the South Fremantle solar farm will be a good development.
  • No more single-use plastic bags.
  • The tavern proposal by Sunset Events for J Shed was finally given the boot by the WAPC.
  • The removal of the stunning Felice Varini yellow art work is a major headache for the city and property owners in High Street.
  • Traffic calming in South Fremantle looks great and so does the Hilton Town centre.
  • Destination Marketing planning for Freo is under way, so let’s wait and see.
  • By-election for South Fremantle won by Andrew Sullivan-again.
  • The Long Table Dinner is huge, great and very Freo.
  •  Age Friendly City working group established.
  • Highrise proposal for Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle stopped.

It has been a big year for Fremantle and next year is going to be similar when many of the approved developments will start and the FOMO retail concept opens at Kings Square before Christmas 2019.

And at the risk of some people accusing me of sucking up, I want to express my thanks to Freo’s very diligent councillors. I do not always like their decisions, but they make them with care and after long deliberations, as I witnessed myself by going to about 80 per cent of council and council committee meetings this year, to see first hand how our grassroots democracy works.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

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LET THERE BE. SUNSET

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, photography, sailing, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2018

 

BE. sunset

 

I was hoping for a real red and soft sun on Monday, because of the bushfire in the northern suburbs, but that did not eventuate.

The photo I took at the yacht club near the Fremantle BE. apartments is pretty nice as well I think.

Roel Loopers

 

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