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HAMPTON ROAD PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Posted in Uncategorized, city of fremantle, schools, cars, traffic by freoview on December 14, 2017

 

Fremantle Council sent the pedestrian crossing safety issues at the intersection of Hampton Road and Scott Street back to the drawing board after complaints by members of the community and businesses.

A new median strip had been installed so that traffic heading south along Hampton Road could no longer turn right into Scott Street to the shopping centre, while traffic from Scott Street east could only turn left and south.

This was done to make pedestrian crossing for the students and parents of the Beaconsfield Primary School safer.

As someone who lives there the issues are that traffic coming from the south now needs to turn right into Jenkin Street and then along Maxwell Street to head further east to the school and Hale and Livingston Street. That has significantly increased traffic in that dog leg, and there is no 40kmh school zone in Maxwell Street, but there is in Scott and Hale streets.

One of the problems along Hampton Road is motorists speeding and overtaking in the bus lane, and exiting Scott Street always has been dicey because one can hardly see around the corner.

Pedestrian traffic lights are probably the best solution, but Mainroads will no doubt be reluctant to install them along a major road.

Roel Loopers

A NEW HEART FOR BEACONSFIELD

Posted in beaconsfield, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 23, 2017

 

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This is Fremantle so of course negative comments have been made on social media about the City of Fremantle wanting to create a Masterplan for Beaconsfield and a Scheme Amendment for the Davis Park Precinct.

I do not understand the negativity over long-term strategic planning for the precinct as Fremantle Council is trying to make a positive out of the departure of TAFE and the Department of Housing wanting to make changes to the Davis Park Precinct properties, of which they own 90%.

This create great opportunities  near the new Fremantle College that will be the result of merging the South Fremantle and Hamilton Hill senior high schools.

The City of Fremantle has been conducting The Heart of Beaconsfield community consultation sessions, that will result in a masterplan for the precinct. In my books that is good sensitive planning ahead of the inevitable changes.

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The Housing Authority requested a scheme amendment(No 72) for Davis Park, so that they can renew properties and build higher density.

I understand that it stresses some people who live at Davis Park that they might have to be relocated, but it is all due to Housing wanting to improve the living conditions.

The Active Foundation also wants to update its facilities in the area, and the CoF is also looking at implementing a structure plan for the former Lefroy Road quarry.

The departure of TAFE from Beacy and essential changes Housing want to make have forced the City’s hand, but it could be the start of the major revitalisation of the precinct.

Fremantle Council has been active in making  positives out of what were negatives. The departure of MYER from Kings Square resulted in the Kings Square Project development concept, and the departure of the Dockers resulted in the Fremantle Oval/Stan Reilley Project.

Some historic details:

Colonial settlement of the area dates from the 1860s. The land bounded by South Street, Caesear Street, Lefroy Road and Fifth Avenue was developed by Henry Maxwell Lefroy as a vineyard and orchard, know as ‘Mulberry Farm’. The western portion of the estate was used for dairying purposes by identities such as Lane, Fletcher, Wade and Caesar.

During the 1940s Mulberry Farm was resumed by the State Housing Commission and 145 weatherboard and iron houses were built with timber imported form Denmark to house migrant building tradesman who were brought to the state to boost the Perth workforce.

Between 1978 and 1981 the old houses were demolished and the estate was redeveloped by the State Housing Commission to construct the houses that are there today.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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ANOTHER FREO ELECTION CANDIDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2017

 

Election candidates for the Fremantle local government election in October are slowly making their candidacy public.

I was contacted late yesterday by FEDELE CAMARDA that he will be nominating for Beaconsfield Ward.

This will mean opposition for sitting member Hannah Fitzhardinge, who has been doing a good job after she took over Josh Wilson’s seat. Wilson of course is splendidly representing Fremantle in Canberra parliament.

I hear there will be many candidates in most wards but need to wait till I hear from them.

Fedele Camarda attempted to get onto Council two years ago, so this is his second attempt.

Roel Loopers

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BEACY’S BIGGEST LOSER

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, western australia by freoview on September 19, 2016

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Facebook likes to rub it in and reminded me today that this leaflet was dropped in letterboxes in the Fremantle Beaconsfield Ward last October, when I attempted to become the next Beacy Councillor, but sitting member Dave Hume won comfortably.

As it turned out I became Beacy’s Biggest Loser and received the fewest votes of all three candidates, so just a little support from me for the three Beacy candidates who did not win the council election last Friday, when Hannah Fitzhardinge took the trophy.

Good on you Andrew Luobikis, Fedele Camarda and Peter Cruikshank for putting your hand up. You did yourself, your family and your community proud for showing your willingness to step up.

There is no shame whatsoever in not winning. Well done to you all and a big thank you from me!!

Roel Loopers

 

HIGH VOTES FOR BEACONSFIELD BY-ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, politics, western australia by freoview on September 9, 2016

It looks like the residents of Beaconsfield are finally showing some interest in local politics and getting off their lazy backsides to vote in the Fremantle Council by-election for Beaconsfield Ward.

Last year in October just around 20% of eligible voters in that ward bothered to vote, but the Electoral Commission says that the return rates this time are much higher at nearly 30 per cent.

There are four candidates for the Beacy by; Hannah Fitzhardinge, Andrew Luobikis, Fedele Camarda and Peter Cruickshank, so if you have not filled out and sent out your postal vote do it this weekend!

Votes will be counted next Friday September 16. May the best woman win!

Roel Loopers

 

BEACY ELECTION FORUM ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, local government, politics, western australia by freoview on August 31, 2016

The candidates’ forum of the Beaconsfield Ward by-election at the Hilton Bowling Club on Tuesday evening did not rock the boat but was still interesting for other reasons. One not often sees members of the Fremantle Society, FICRA and the Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association at these suburban meetings and none of them were at the election forum in Beacy in October last year when I was a candidate.

That might have had to do with the fact that candidate Andrew Luobikis is a big supporter of these community groups, so they were clearly out there to support him and possibly are helping him with letterbox drops etc.

Candidate Hannah Fitzhardinge also had her Labor party supporters in the public, with even Simone McGurk turning up, as did Councillors Dave Hume, Dave Coggin and Rachel Pemberton.

The same issues always come up at these forums; crime, antisocial behaviour, maintenance, parking and shopping, communication, transparency and accountability, and rates.

It was a pretty positive forum though where Andrew Luobikis was the candidate who criticised Fremantle Council most, especially about Kings Square, poor decision-making and poor community consultation.

Fedele Camarda said Fremantle has the same problems other communities have and that he intended to consult and listen, if elected. He would be guided by people in his decision-making.

Fedele said there needed to be other forms of revenue raising for COF and it needed good budget management. He also said the ugly entry to the city for cruise ship passengers needed to be beautified.

Peter Cruickshank said the vibe and culture of Fremantle is attractive, but that the city needs to develop smart and well, and maintain its heritage. He wants better value for money for rates and tangible infrastructure. He would be asking a lot of questions and seek advise .

Peter also believes State Housing density in Fremantle needs to be reduced and spread out more. I want to do what is best for my family, Beacy and Fremantle, he said.

Andrew Luobikis said the City was giving away the family silver with the Kings Square Project and that it made poor planning decisions. The KS project will have a profound affect on the City’s finances, he claimed.

Andrew wants a fair share for Beaconsfield and rates capped at CPI. Council is accountable to its shareholders and community consultation is essential. He also said the police did little to stop crime in the area and that there was too much party politics at council level.

Hannah Fitzhardinge is the only female candidate for Beacy and she made the important point that 51% of the Fremantle popultation is female but that there are only two female Councillors. Only one in five leadership positions in Australia are taken up by women, she told us.

Hannah believes the City of Fremantle should become a more responsive organisation with real community engagement and that she would be asking the right questions at the right time. She said it was very important to find the common ground by bringing in the community early in the conversation, and I absolutely agree with her on this!

She said there needed to be a masterplan for Beaconsfield that included the so-called Bronx but also the former quarry site. Fremantle has a history of inclusiveness we need to continue.

Hannah believes that Fremantle deserves much more support and investment from State Government as it is more than just a local council because of our historic importance and tourist town. The burden for that should not be on the ratepayers alone and the State should pay its fair share.

Local government is about local people and should not be by political parties, Hannah stated.

And while all that was going on there were dancing classes and silver shoes next door. It was a very Freo and mainly positive evening where I was  especially impressed with the level headedness and positive attitude of Hannah Fitzhardinge.

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CLASH OF BEACY AND SOUTH FREO EVENTS TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, TRAFFIC, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

There are two interesting events on this evening, sadly both at the same time, so it requires a choice on which one to attend.

At the Hilton Bowling Club the four candidates for the Beaconsfield Ward by-election will be grilled by the community on what their ideas and hopes for Fremantle are. It starts at 7 pm and is free. The postal election will be on September 16.

Also on at 7 pm at the Local Hotel  are the City of Fremantle’s proposed solutions for traffic calming and beautification of South Terrace between Douro Road and South Street, so a very important presentation for local South Freo people and those of us who frequent the area often. The event is free, bar is open and meals for sale.

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TWO IMPORTANT FREO MEETINGS NEXT TUESDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, election, local government, western australia by freoview on August 24, 2016

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There are two important meetings on next Tuesday evening, August 30, and it is disappointing that they could not be coordinated better as we will have to make a choice to go to one of them as they both start at the same time of 7 pm.

The meeting at the Local Hotel in South Fremantle at 7 pm will see a city manager showing the plans for the upgrade of South Terrace from Douro Road to South Street. This is very important as the area is becoming more and more popular with new cafes and restaurants opening and new development in the pipeline.

Peak hour traffic also has become and issue along South Terrace, Douro Road and Marine Parade and needs to be addressed.

The second meeting is at the Hilton Bowling Club where the four candidates for the vacant Beaconsfield Ward will be scrutinised by the local community. It is very important to consider that whoever gets elected will be voting on all Fremantle issues, not just the ones in the Beacy Ward, so asking more general questions about the future of Fremantle, urban infill, density, protection of heritage, supporting local businesses, traffic and parking, etc. are all important.

Roel Loopers

QUARTET FOR BEACONSFIELD WARD ELECTION

Posted in city of fremantle, democracy, election, local government, western australia by freoview on August 12, 2016

There are four candidates for the City of Fremantle Beaconsfield Ward by-election that will be held on September 16. The election became necessary after Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson resigned and was elected the new federal MP for Fremantle.

The only female candidate Hannah Fitzhardinge has lived in Fremantle since 1983. She is a leadership consultant and was an advisor to former WA Premier Geoff Gallop.

Andrew Luobikis unsuccessfully stood for South Ward at the October election, so good to see he is putting his hat in the ring again. He works in the car industry and is active at the Beaconsfield Primary School and community groups.

Fedele Camarda is a lobster fisherman who coaches local cricket and football and has a bachelor of education.

Peter Cruickshank is a veteranarian who has lived in Beacy with his family for three years and wants a safe environment for our children.

From the four candidates the only one who has regularly attended Fremantle council and committee meetings and addressed them on behalf of community groups is Andrew Luobikis. I have never seen any of the other three show an interest in local government and that surprises and worries me. Would you apply for a job without knowing anything about the company?

Understanding the process of local government is in my opinion essential for someone who wants to represent the community as a Councillor, so why not do the homework required?

Roel Loopers

LABOR WANTS TO KEEP BEACONSFIELD SEAT

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local council, politics, western australia, women by freoview on June 17, 2016

The Labor party is trying to hold on to the Fremantle Council seat of Beaconsfield that has become available now that former Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson resigned to contest the Federal seat of Fremantle. Hannah Fitzhardinge, a former advisor to WA Premier Geoff Gallop has put her hand up to sit next to Labor’s Councillor Dave Hume.

The by-election will be held probably in September at a date yet to be announced by the Electoral Commission.

Fitzhardinge told the Fremantle Herald that Fremantle Council does not have gender balance, which also applies to most local councils and State and Federal governments, and that she wants better pedestrian safety on South Terrace with mural gardens and street beautification. That process is already well under way of course and was only recently addressed by a large South Fremantle Precinct meeting.

Hannah Fitzharding also wants  the relocation of a State department to Freo and attract more State funding, which has been the aim of the City of Fremantle for years.

I am all for more women in power positions everywhere but the gender balance stuff does not cut it for me as I fear it can become tokenism. I believe Hannah can easily win this on her own merits and the voter participation will be very low. She would no doubt be a great addition to Ingrid Waltham and Rachel Pemberton and Fremantle Council, so I wish her the best of luck!

Roel Loopers

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