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PRECINCT GROUP FOR BEACONSFIELD

Posted in beaconsfield, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2019

 

Beaconsfield Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge is trying to get a precinct group going and there will be a meeting at the Fremantle Farmers Markets this Sunday at 10am:

This is an initial meeting to try and establish a Beaconsfield Precinct Group. All interested community members are welcome to attend. City of Fremantle officers will also deliver a FOGO Info Session. Meet in the undercover area near the market (under the school auditorium) and please BYO chair!

The Growers Green markets is at Fremantle College at Lefroy Road, so if you live in Beacy make sure to attend!

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BEACY HOME OF MANY ANGLES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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No, this photo was not taken somewhere in the south of Europe but in McCleery Street, Beaconsfield. All those angles just fascinated me when I walked past it today.

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PRINCI BUTCHERS MOVE TO EAST FREMANTLE

Posted in beaconsfield, city of fremantle, food, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2019

 

 

More bad news for the Lefroy Road shopping centre in Beaconsfield with Princi Butchers reported to be moving to East Fremantle soon.

After the closure of Romanos and IGA it was just a matter of time until one of Freo’s famous butchers would also make a move to a place where there are more customers and foot traffic.

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SEE YOU AT THE GROWERS GREEN MARKET

 

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It looks like it is going to be a pretty good Sunday after all the rain we had this week, so why not head out to the Growers Green Farmers Market at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road. It is on from 8am till midday today for great fresh and organic fruit&vegetables, bread, pastries, eggs, etc.

And the perfect place for nice breakfast and great coffee or to buy some take-away for lunch.

Of course Farmer Damian’s animal touch farm is there, plus live music and face painting

There is also the Beaconsfield Precinct meet with Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge from 10-12am.

See you there!

 

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PLANNING COMMITTEE REJECTS BULK IN BEACY

 

Bulk and height in a suburban environment created unhappy neighbours for a proposal in Beaconsfield at the Fremantle Planning Committee last evening.

The proponents want to build two storey grouped dwellings in Cadd Street, Beaconsfield with vehicle parking access through the Milky Way laneway, but neighbours and Councillors were not impressed.

It was suggested that the height could be reduced with deeper excavation of the soil as the block is on a significant slope.

One neighbour said since he has lived in the street the tree canopy had been reduced significantly because of clear felling required for the Mc Mansions built in the suburban street.

Councillor Dave Hume questioned if the building was too big for the block and said he would want the building height to be lowered to make it acceptable, and Councillor Jeff McDonald agreed and said although the height had been adjusted it was still too high.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said he was still struggling with the proposal as it was a very large-scale development, and Councillor Adin Lang said he was not satisfied with the height and impact on the neighbours. Councillor Ingrid Waltham said she could not support the application as there were a whole ranges of issues with which she was not satisfied.

The Planning Committee voted 5-2 against the proposal, which will have to go to Ordinary Council, but a motion was then put after the vote to recommend the proponents make changes, especially to the height, of the building, so that they might have a better chance of getting it approved.

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STUNNING SAND SCULPTURE IN BEACY

Posted in art, beaconsfield, city of fremantle, ecoburbia, Uncategorized by freoview on December 23, 2018

 

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There is always something special at ECOBURBIA on the corner of Livingstone and Beard streets in Fremantle’s Beaconsfield.

Shani Graham and Tim Darby are two of the most community-minded people in Freo, and Tim has excelled at becoming one of WA’s best sand sculptors.

Go and take the kids around to have a look at this beauty which Tim just created! This one is double as good because Tim had to build it twice when the first one collapsed.

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BEACY COMMUNITY MEETING WITH MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, community, council, democracy, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2018

 

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Fremantle Council quite often, and often unfairly, gets accused of not communicating and consulting with the community, so tomorrow morning Beaconsfield residents and business owners can chat with Mayor Brad Pettitt and some Councillors at Davis Park from 11.30am.

The Mayor in the Square has been taken to the suburbs for a while now, so that community members do not have to come to Kings Square on Wednesdays to meet the Mayor.

Your local councillors and City staff are always available to answer queries, so don’t hesitate to contact them. They are there to work for us!

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BEAUT BEACY GENEROSITY!

Posted in charity, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2018

 

The Fremantle suburb of Beaconsfield is the most generous suburb per income in Western Australia. It ranked No 1 in WA and East Fremantle came No 2.

Beacy is also the only WA suburb which made it onto the twenty most generous suburbs in Australia, ranking at 14.

Well done Beacy! Proud to be a resident here.

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HAMPTON ROAD PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized 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.

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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.

 

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