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CANTONMENT HILL PLAYGROUND PROGRESS

Posted in cantonment hill, children, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2017

 

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The children’s playground at Fremantle’s Cantonment Hill is progressing well and due for completion by the end of August.

Contractors have started to install play equipment today. Just a shame though about the faux limestone walls on such and important and expensive project.

 

Roel Loopers

BOWING TO FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on August 10, 2017

 

 

A couple of photos I took this morning just east of Fremantle’s Cantonment Hill.

It was nice to have a tiny bit of sunshine and blue sky.

 

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL WORK GOING WELL

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2017

 

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The Friends of Cantonment Hill have created a lovely walking tour map at Burt Street, so that people are aware that one can walk up the hill to get some of the best views of Fremantle, the port, and the Swan river.

Work on the playground area is well underway with retaining walls and steps being built, so the historic area will become a great destination for families in the very near future.

ENKEL should also be taking over the former Navy Stores building, as soon as earth works have been completed.

The former Signal Station is already well used by the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL PROGRESS

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, local government, placemaking, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

 

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Stage 1 of the Fremantle Cantonment Hill project is now underway and a start has been made on the new children’s playground, retaining walls, earth stabilisation and steps from Canning Highway to the top of the hill.

The steps are just to the east of the former Naval Stores where ENKEL will move into in a few months and disabled access will be built to the left of the steps.

One has stunning views over the port, river and Fremantle from the top of the hill and Fremantle Sea rescue has taken over the former Signal Station.

There is access from Burt Street (opposite Officeworks) to walk or drive up Cantonment Hill during the day, or walk up and do a bit of exercise.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL LANDSCAPING STARTING

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle by freoview on March 29, 2017

Fences have been erected around Tuckfield Oval at Cantonment Hill for the commencement of stage one of the landscaping and playground.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and other dignitaries will this morning at 10.30 turn the first sods to mark the significant occasion of the development of the historic site.

Works will comprise landscaping with water wise native plants, improvements to pedestrian access and the introduction of community amenities including barbecues, picnic and seating areas, a nature-based play space, lighting and parking.

Fremantle Sea Rescue has already moved into the Signal Station and the ENKEL changemakers group will move into the former Naval Stores later this year, so the development of Cantonment Hill into a community space and tourist attraction is now under way after many years of planning.

Roel Loopers

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ENKEL CHANGEMAKERS FOR CANTONMENT HILL

Posted in enkel, fremantle, fremantle network by freoview on March 28, 2017

The monthly Fremantle Network event upstairs at the National Hotel on Monday evening featured Adam Jorlen of ENKEL and Adin Lang of the newly founded Friends of Freo.

ENKEL will move into the former Navy Stores at Cantonment Hill this year and is a social innovation centre with the aim to create a new generation of changemakers.

The group has a 20-year lease and there will be a big climbing wall, collaboration with Freo Food, and there will be stations for robotics and coding, a school of changemakers and Knowmads.

All activities in the big hall will be open to the public.

The ENKEL concept intrigues me as I like change and innovation, but for the sceptic there seems to be unresolved naivety about it. It worries me that the group only has 55 members when it has been operating out of Victoria Park for a few years now.

I am all for giving the group a fair go and the benefit of the doubt though, because creative rejuvenation is very important for the future of Fremantle, but I have no idea how they are going to survive financially and pay the required rent to the City of Fremantle.

Change is healthy when it is good change, so I definitely will try to get involved with ENKEL events to make sure that the new concept also involves older people and taps into our experience and knowledge.

And ENKEL means simple or easy in Swedish, Adam Jorlen told us. To broaden your horizon, let me point out that it also means nephew in German and ankle in Dutch. ; >)

Adin Lang who just started Friends of Freo as an extension of Friends of Hollis Park, wants to connect the green spine of Fremantle and do community nature conservation work in collaboration with the City of Fremantle.

It is about connecting the community groups at Cantonment Hill, Clontarf Hill, Booyembara Park, Hollis Park, etc. and share tools and knowledge, and tackle unique issues.

I think that is a good idea because community groups often work in isolation of other community groups with similar concepts.

Former Councillor Robert Fittock pointed out that Adin Lang had not included North Fremantle in his map and Adin promised to change that.

I always enjoy the Fremantle Network events and the next one will be on the last Monday of April where people from the affordable and ethical housing project Nightingale will speak.

Roel Loopers

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CANTONMENT HILL PARKING ISSUES

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, development, TRAFFIC by freoview on January 31, 2017

It no longer comes as a surprise to me that City of Fremantle officers recommend approval for a 185 sqm restaurant and 285 sqm climbing wall for the Naval Store at Cantonment Hill as part of the long-term lease to the ENKEL collective.

More and more we see the non-approvable being recommended for approval by CoF officers and that is disappointing. It is a worry because Councillors take serious notice of the expert advise of the officers, even when common sense appears to be lacking in some recommendations to the elected members.

The ENKEL item is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s Planning Committee but will be decided by the Western Australian Planning Committee.

City officers believe it is an acceptable proposal although there is not sufficient parking nearby and even drop off and pick up points near the Naval Store would be very challenging.

Officers say the lack of parking is made up for by the car park at the East Street jetty on Beach Street, but that would require people to walk up the hill and cross four lanes of the very busy Canning Highway at a dangerous intersection at a bend in the road. How many parents will risk this with their children to get to the climbing wall, and how many elderly people would dare to take the risk to get to the restaurant?

Parking and access is going to be one of the main issues with the Cantonment Hill development because activation will mean traffic concerns for local people and safety concerns for visitors because of the awkward location of the site.

It might have been better to create a car park with trees on the site proposed for a children’s playground just east of the hill, because it is unrealistic to assume that most people will visit the site by bike or on foot. Most will come by car and that has has not been catered for.

Bad call, officers!

Roel Loopers

 

CANTONMENT HILL NEW SEA RESCUE HOME

Posted in boating, fremantle, maritime by freoview on January 18, 2017

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Fremantle architect and Sea Rescue volunteer Mark Zuvela kindly showed me around the new HQ of the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue organisation in the old Signal Station at Cantonment Hill this morning. The new HQ was officially opened on November 26 last year.

The Signal Station was built in 1956 and designed by Hobbs, Winning and Leighton architects, the same architects who designed the Fremantle Ports building. The communication tower on top of the Signal Station is identical to the one on top of the Port building

Fremantle Sea Rescue has over 100 active volunteers who assist and rescue over 750 boats a year. Two third of them are sea rescues, the other third river assists. It is the busiest sea rescue organisation in Australia. To put that in perspective, the Sydney Harbour Water Police does around 300 rescues a year.

Sea Rescue started in Fremantle in 1969 and nowadays does 30,000 radio transmissions a year. Licensed and certified volunteers are on duty 24 hours a day. Sea Rescue has 4 rescue vessels and 2 jet skis.

The new HQ at the Signal Station is state of the art with latest internet and satellite technology. The height of the communication tower means it now has 50 per cent more coverage and no more black spots along the Swan and Canning rivers.

Fremantle Sea Rescue covers the Indian Ocean from the old South Fremantle Power Station to City Beach and well beyond Rottnest Island, and the Swan and Canning rivers.

Thanks to donations, sponsorships and volunteers the costs of setting up at Cantonment Hill were reduced from $ 200,000 to just $ 60,000, so thank you to everyone for their generosity!

The views from Cantonment Hill over Fremantle and the port are magnificent so wander up there some time to see it for yourself.

Roel Loopers

SEA RESCUE MOVES INTO FREO SIGNAL STATION

Posted in cantonment hill, fremantle, sailing by freoview on November 27, 2016

 

I wasn’t aware of and not invited to the official opening of the Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue moving into the Signal Station at Cantonment Hill yesterday, so I have pinched these photos from the Facebook page of Josh Wilson MP. Thanks Josh!

Because I wasn’t there I can’t tell or show you anything else unfortunately and that is disappointing.

Roel Loopers

CANTONMENT HILL ROCKS DANGER TO NAVAL STORES

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, heritage, local government by freoview on October 8, 2016

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The City of Fremantle will need approximately $ 187,000 to make the limestone cliff face behind the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill safe, which means the ENKEL group occupation of the stores will be delayed.

Geotechnical consultants have found that the natural area behind the stores is unstable with a high risk of failure, so immediate action needs to be taken to secure the rock face and prevent rockfall on or near the Naval Stores.

The preferred method is the batter protection one, using an anchor system, mesh and fibrous shortcrete to stabilise the area and allow for regrowth.

Roel Loopers

 

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