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NOMINATIONS FOR HERITAGE COUNCIL

 

Heritage Minister David Templeman today announced nominations are being sought from experienced and qualified individuals to become members of the Heritage Council of Western Australia.

As the State Government’s expert body on heritage matters, the Heritage Council plays a key role in decisions on entries into the State Register of Heritage Places and the development of these places. It also determines State Heritage strategy and policies.

High calibre women and men from a diversity of fields and backgrounds with relevant skills and experience are strongly encouraged to express their interest in this rewarding opportunity.

The Heritage Act 2018 sets out criteria that must be met in terms of skills and expertise, moving away from the previous Act’s requirement that council members represent certain interests or groups.

The McGowan Government is committed to gender parity across government boards and committees.

More details on membership requirements and the process for nominating can be found on the Heritage Council’s website at http://www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au

Application packages are also available through the Heritage Council’s website or by contacting the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on (08) 6551 8002.

Applications close on May 3, 2019.

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FREMANTLE DOUBLE HERITAGE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2019

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I noticed this gorgeous vintage car in Fremantle’s Henry Street at lunch time on Wednesday and had to take a photo of it of course.

 

Roel Loopers

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MORE YOLK DEVELOPMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, property, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2019

 

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Very good to see that the large block on the corner of Sussex Street and South Terrace, that has been vacant for far too many years, will soon be developed.

The Yolk Property Group has bough the site, so I think we can expect a residential development there and that would be very good.

Stay tuned for the development proposal.

Roel Loopers

 

ATWELL COMPLETION STILL DELAYED

 

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It is a concern that after a year of negotiations the City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments still have not reached agreement about the completion of the Atwell Arcade new four-storey building.

The item was on a Planning Committee agenda over a year ago where Councillors were asked to demand that the building had to be finished to planning approval  specifications, but a motion by Councillor Rachel Pemberton was carried that officers would try to negotiate a compromise with the developers.

That this still has not happened is a worry, because Silverleaf is doing three other major developments in the Fremantle CBD; Woolstores, Manning building, Henderson Street Police&Justice complex. Will they be completed to planning approval specifications?

Silverleaf are a major player in inner city Fremantle development and that is important and good for our city. At least they don’t sit for years on properties they buy and land bank, but they rapidly start developing them and that should be acknowledged and appreciated. I certainly do!

But not completing buildings to the specifications of the planning approval given by the City of Fremantle should be a no no, because changes to developments are made often, and details which visually enhance buildings are suddenly left out without Council approval and that should not be allowed.

One of the major complaints from the community about new buildings is the lack of great architecture, so if Council accepts that design features are unauthorised omitted once construction has started we get buildings that are even less attractive than what was approved. That is not acceptable.

Why it has taken so long for Council to put their foot down and demand Silverleaf completes the building to approved specifications is beyond me, especially since there clearly was willingness by Council to find a compromise.

Last time I published a blog article about this issue Silverleaf owner Gerard O’Brien told me it made his wife cry, so let me assure the family business that I do appreciate they are major developers in Fremantle, but that does not mean they should get away with everything they want to do, or suddenly no longer want to do.

Roel Loopers

 

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ABOUT FREO, FOG AND FUTURE

 

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I can’t believe how humid it has been in Fremantle lately. It is almost like a fog in the port, and not the dry heat we are used to.

Not much to report today, so I had a wander around and took these two photos this morning of the old and new at Kings Square and a soft shot of the always photogenic Fishing Boat Harbour.

Roel Loopers

MORE FROM FREO’S KINGS SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT

 

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The scaffolding has come down on the back building on the site of the former Queensgate building at William Street, showing the two buildings as contrasting each other in light and dark.

Along Queen Street more of the details of the buildings have also been revealed.

It is all part of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project. 

I hear that Newman Court, that will become more prominent once the new Civic Centre has been built, will be renamed back to its original name of Newman Street.

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

WINDOWS INTO FREMANTLE’S FUTURE

 

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A nice minimalist photo of the William Street facade of the new building that replaced the Queensgate building as part of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S HIGH STREET BEAUTIFUL TODAY, EVEN BETTER TOMORROW

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2019

 

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When I walked out of Chalkys cafe and noticed the beautiful early sun light illuminating the historic buildings along High Street this Sunday morning, I could not resist and take some more photos of the splendid work the City of Fremantle is doing on the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arc D’Ellipses artwork.

It looks great! Perfect movie set backdrops, I reckon.

It is still a work in progress with many more buildings to do, so something I am really looking forward to.

Roel Loopers

BLACK BOXED WINDOWS FOR FREO’S MYER BUILDING

 

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PROBUILD have started to remove the protective foil at the windows along Queen Street of the former Myer building. The black looks a whole lot better and more classy than with the sheets on.

Latest info I received is that the final contract with PINDAN for the new City of Fremantle civic centre will be signed this week.

Roel Loopers

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