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FREMANTLE BUDGETS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

 

The City of Fremantle budget for 2018-19 includes a $2.5 million program to improve and maintain roads. Major resurfacing works have been scheduled for sections along Hampton Road, Rockingham Road, Lefroy Road, Marine Terrace and High Street.

There will also be works to improve road safety for motorists and pedestrians along Stirling Highway, Marine Terrace and McCabe Street.

All of the road millings that are dug up as part of the resurfacing program will be collected and re-used in other city projects, like the upgraded Recycling Centre and the new Cappuccino Strip carpark.

By using recycled materials the City does not have to buy new limestone road base and does not have to pay to dispose of the stripped road material in landfill, so it delivers a significant saving.

The upgrade of a second section of South Terrace in South Fremantle is also included in the budget, with work on the first ‘node’ at the intersections of South Terrace, Little Lefroy Lane and Sydney Street beginning later this month.

The location of a second ‘node’ is still to be confirmed subject to more community feedback. It involves reducing the width of the road, changing the colour of the road surface and widening the footpath, as well as adding new paving, street furniture and trees.

The changes will encourage drivers to slow down, make it safer for people to cross the street and will increase the amount of alfresco space.The works are designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and will also allow the removal of the much debated and disliked temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.

Interesting to note that the budget also includes $25,000 to develop a concept plan to create a new town square in front of the Fremantle Railway Station and upgrade Queen Street

A new town square and the relocation of the bus port has been debated for very many years but the reluctance of the Public Transport Authority to move the bus port further east means the idea has had a few plans drawn up but was never realised. Why there is need for yet another costly concept plan I do not understand. I won’t hold my breath that we will see any changes there soon.

Roel Loopers

BAD IDEA TO CHANGE PARKING PERMITS

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

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My relationship with Fremantle Council is like a volatile marriage. Sometimes I want to hug and kiss them for making great strategic long-term decisions and on other occasions I want an urgent divorce; the house, the car, the boat, the Margaret River weekender, the bank accounts, and even the kids.

The idea to change the residents parking permit conditions is one of those divorce situations, or like talking to teenagers and asking them to grow up to reality.

The timing of the proposed changes could not be worse, with Fremantle going through a welcome massive period of development. Long-term parking bays will be occupied by construction workers and tradies for the next three years because of the Kings Square Project, and it is highly likely that the Woolstores shopping development will also start early next year.

To relocate residents to free parking in City carparks only and no longer on the streets will hurt the CBD traders, and the change of time in the morning from 11 am to 10 am will also be bad.

The item is on the agenda of this evening’s FPOL Committee, so have your say and come along. It starts at 6pm.

And why is the City of Fremantle taking no action at all of Transperth busses occupying many parking bays in Goldsborough Street near the Woolstores? A bus takes up to 3-4 car bays and that is not at all helpful for shoppers.

I took this photo at 10.40am this morning.

Roel Loopers

WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON VICTORIA QUAY

Posted in development, fremantle, victoria quay by freoview on July 11, 2015

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I had not seen this artist impression of the planned Fremantle Ports Victoria Quay development that Oneperth published on-line, so wanted to share it with you. The publication reports State Planning Commission has recommended the approval of the plans.

What is missing in the picture is the railway line crossing at Pakenham Street that was going to connect with the extended Peter Hughes Drive, that was proposed, but we do see a substantial building taking up most of Pioneer Park.

The independent Oneperth also suggests there would be a four-storey bus exchange, probably to the east of the railway station. From memory it was suggested a pedestrian bridge would connect with the to be developed Woolstores shopping centre.

It will be interesting to see if State Government will release final plans for the project ahead of the planned sale of the port as that might well increase the price and put more money in the empty mismanaged coffers of our state.

According to Oneperth there had been no submissions received during a 21 day period, which seems extremely strange, but then again, I am not aware a submission period had been advertised, so most people in Fremantle probably would not have known about it.

I believe the ten-storey tower just to the east behind the railway station needs to be lowered to no more than six storeys as it overpowers the heritage station, and the huge building at Pioneer Park is unacceptable. Mayor Brad Pettitt has just written about increasing public open spaces and Fremantle can’t afford to lose Pioneer Park as a lingering and recreation point to offset the proposed commercial ugliness at Victoria Quay.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ARHUR GRADY HERITAGE FESTIVAL DAY

Posted in festival, fremantle, heritage by freoview on May 9, 2015

The FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL is on from May 8-17 and the weather is going to be a treat all week, so go an find out about Freo’s history.

Fremantle bicycle maker Arthur Grady was in 1924 the first person to ride around Australia, so that was celebrated at Kings Square today with vintage bikes, motorbikes, cars, prams, busses and steam engines and morse codes.

Arthur Grady Day day is always a great day for fans of cars and motorbikes, but I am just not that kind of blokey bloke so I always struggle to get inspired and take good photos. These ones will just have to do. ; > (

Roel Loopers

WOOLSTORES PARKING EYESORE

Posted in city of fremantle, parking by freoview on February 4, 2015

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The vacant woolstores site along Cantonment, Goldsborough streets and Elder Place in Fremantle has been a very ugly eyesore for many years, but it is getting worse with cars now parked and hugging the building to avoid having to pay parking fees. It can be assumed that these are the cars from people working in the Woolstores shopping centre.

It’s great to have free residents’ parking till 11 am but it is not at all helpful that Transperth busses park in Goldsborough Street and take 3-4 bays each. This needs to be stopped or Transperth charged for parking there.

Roel Loopers

TRAFFIC CALMING FOR WRAY AVENUE

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on December 20, 2014

The City of Fremantle has put out a proposal for traffic calming on Wray Avenue and is inviting residents and shop owners to participate in an on-line survey.

The proposal would see the installation of two plateau humps that reduce vehicle speed and also provide clear pedestrian crossing points. There would also be a dedicated loading bay near Galatti’s. The re-design between South Terrace and Manning Road will not decrease on-street parking.

Roel Loopers

FEWER USE PERTH PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 29, 2014

My call in the article below for our governments to start dealing with reality is supported by a report in the West Australian newspaper today, that the patronage of public transport in Perth fell by over two million people during 2013/14.

Of course the Public Transport Authority blames everything else but overcrowding and unreliable services. How many people in Fremantle will be fed up with trains not running, or only running part of the distance, and how many commuters are no longer willing to put up with over-crowded trains, and missing trains because of it, during peak hours?

The sale of Family Riders and Day Riders passes is also down, which a PTA spokesman blames on the economy. Not being able to get into Fremantle by train on weekends or out of Freo to go to Perth and beyond could also be another reason why families use trains less.

Lack of reliable bus services on weekends must also be an issue.

Spending billions of dollars on toll roads for trucks and lightrail to the airport ignores the daily urgent need for better public transport to the outer suburbs.

Roel Loopers

VEHICLE FREE STRIP GREAT FOR FREO

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on August 24, 2014

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that the Cappuccino Strip could be closed for traffic on weekends and busy week nights, and I believe that would be a very good step to create a true hospitality entertainment lingering space in the CBD.

I disagree with Cappuccino Strip traders spokesman and co-owner of Benny’s Bar&Cafe Ivan Dzeba that Fremantle does not have the population to support the closure. Fremantle does not have the population to support all the cafes and restaurants. They survive because of the mass influx of people out of Fremantle who come on weekends and Friday nights. They wont stay away because they can’t drive through South Terrace, they’ll park at Collie Street, Queensgate, the Esplanade and west end streets, as they do now so nothing will change in that regard.

It is beyond me why a weekend closure of South Terrace can be seen as a threat to cafe operators on the Strip or retailers in the CBD, because there would be no changes to the parking facilities in the area which motorists have to use now as well. All it does is create a cleaner, safer and more attractive environment for people to enjoy a meal and watch buskers and the passing parade of pedestrians, instead of unhealthy, pollution spewing busses and cars. Wouldn’t it be nice if children could safely play while their parents have a coffee on the Strip!

Roel Loopers

SAT IS THE NEW TAG

Posted in fremantle by freoview on July 29, 2014

Most people hate TAGS, those spray painted initials by immature and disrespectful fools on buildings. TAGS are the ugly part of graffiti and cost local councils many thousands of dollars each year to clean up. Creative murals of graffiti art however are fantastic and should be encouraged.

To spray TAGS, and leaving one’s mark like a dog that urinates against trees, is illegal and incurs fines, but with recent development I wonder if we should still be worried about TAGS when SAT appears to be a far worse new form of urban vandalism.

SAT is state government initiated and sanctioned ‘graffiti’ that destroys cities and suburbs. SAT overrules local councils and makes planning departments obsolete. SAT erodes democracy because the community no longer has a say about the lifestyle they want to live and about the character of their cities. SAT dramatically and irreversibly changes the face and character of suburbs, with little regard for the wishes of the residents, ratepayers and elected council members.

Local government is invaded and pushed aside by the Western Australian State Government, who demands higher density living and forces unacceptable high-rise in low-rise city centres. Subiaco and Cottesloe will never have the same appeal again, once modern ugliness has destroyed the ambience there.

The proponents of high-rise keep assuring us that we will get iconic buildings, and that is true to some extent, because a building that totally dwarfs adjoining buildings and streets will be iconic in the sense that it sticks out like a huge eyesore. Sixteen storeys in the centre of Subi? You must be kidding!

The rationale for putting high-rise in the centres is that the buildings need to be close to public transport, shopping, etc, while these high buildings really should be built on the periphery so that they don’t destroy the uniqueness of many of the older suburbs. High-rise near the Mandurah railway station for example would make sense because, for all the wrong reasons, the station was not built in the city centre.

There is nothing wrong with higher density living. I believe it is essential because we can no longer afford the urban sprawl, as it has become far too expensive to build the infrastructure needed for it. But city planning has to be done with respect for the character of place. Sterile sameness of monotone concrete boxes is not the best solution to cope with increasing population. Far more sensitivity needs to be shown by our State Government that appears to be on an ego-driven high-rise crusade.

In Fremantle we can accommodate high-rise in the Knutsford Street. It’s a five-minute walk to public transport and an easy twenty-minute walk or five-minute bike ride into the city centre. Beaconsfield and Hilton and probably even White Gum Valley could also accommodate higher rise. Be warned though that there are a few elected members in Freo who can envisage an “iconic 21-storey building” on the Woolstores site.

People make cities. People create the ambience and lifestyle they want to live in, a place where they have a sense of belonging and where the community takes on ownership. By dismissing the wishes of the local communities, state government is making local governments irrelevant, because they can no longer decide what they want their cities to look like.

SAT is vandalism far worse than TAG and it needs to be stopped before it gets out of hand.

 

Roel Loopers

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RORO ENTERING FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 28, 2014

Port sunset

A Roll on Roll off (RoRo) vessel entering Fremantle Port at sunset. It is an amazing sight to see these large ships, that have thousands of vehicles aboard,  coming into the harbour. How do they stay afloat, I often wonder.

Roel Loopers

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