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LOVING FREMANTLE’S WORKING PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2018

 

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I went out to get some bad weather photos this morning, but while it was still blowing a gale on the Fremantle South Mole the sun popped out, so I took some shots of RoRo vessel Trans Leader entering the port.

The Nikon 80-200-F 2.8 I took the photos with is such a brilliant lens, but it was a challenge to keep it steady in the storm.

I love the working port and mis it that I no longer do the professional photography for Fremantle Ports. But I did it for 14 years, so I can’t really complain hey.

Roel Loopers

 

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MODERN PARKING CHANGES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

Parking in Fremantle will be made easier thanks to a number of initiatives funded in the City of Fremantle’s 2018-19 annual budget.

The most significant change is the investment of $105,000 towards an improved pay-by-phone app, which will allow motorists to find and pay for parking on their mobile phone.

Parking will be timed down to the minute, so there will no longer be any need to guess how long your will need to park. Motorists will be able start a parking session when they arrive and stop it when they return to their car – all from the convenience of their phone.

Motorists won’t have to go to a meter, and won’t need to have  change on them and they won’t need to pay the minimum credit or debit card amount, which is currently set at $3.

The new app will also have a parking locator, where people can search for parking, based on criteria like the cost per hour, time restrictions, and going forward for loading zones or ACROD parking.

Businesses will also be able to set up a corporate account which will be very useful for tradies and corporate fleets.

People who don’t have a smart phone will continue to be able to start and stop parking sessions through a phone call, text message or interactive voice response.

The investment is also seeking to extend the capability to include residential parking permits.

The City of Fremantle says that residents will be able apply and pay for a permit online, and they’ll be linked to licence plates so there will no longer be any need to display a printed permit. Does that mean though that the current 20 hour free parking a day for residents will become a paid permit?

The tender to supply the new parking app, as part of a broader parking management system, is currently being considered by the Fremantle Council.

The 2018-19 budget also allocated $165,000 to replace the electronic parking signs at the main entrances to the Fremantle city centre on Queen Victoria Street, High Street and South Terrace, to make it easier for visitors to locate parking in the CBD.

A further $45,000 has been allocated to replace and rebrand the signs in the City of Fremantle’s carparks.

The new signs will be designed to encourage people to use the pay-by-phone system, make applicable fees and time restrictions clearer and update wayfinding information to help people find their way from the carpark to their destination.

There are approximately 5000 parking bays available in the Fremantle city centre, including over a thousand on-street bays and more than 2300 bays in the 28 off-street carparks managed by the City.

The Queensgate carpark is on track to be reopened before summer as part of the Kings Square Renewal project, however the Point Street carpark will be closed towards the end of the year to make way for the Ancora Apartments and DoubleTree by Hilton hotel develop

FREO’S BIG BROTHER REGO-GNITION

Posted in cars, cbd, city of fremantle, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

A  $ 928.336 Safer Community grant from the Federal Government will be used by the City of Fremantle to install automatic number plate recognition cameras at the entries to the city. The technology is similar to that used in WA police cars.

The new cameras would be an addition to the existing Fremantle CCTV network and installed at main roads into the CBD and also at Beach Street, Marine Terrace, Market Street, South Terrace and Queen Victoria Street.

The Fremantle CCTV system is controlled by the CoF and footage release on request to the WA Police, lawyers and members of the public as evidence in court cases.

The cameras scan all passing vehicles and identify persons of interest, unregistered  and stolen vehicles and drivers without a license.

Roel Loopers

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FACTS ABOUT FREO’S INTEGRATED PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018

 

A correction and some facts I just received from the City of Fremantle regarding the planned Integrated Parking Management System they are considering:

The estimated cost is $710,013 over the four years of the contract, not annually!

It’s also worth pointing out that the City expects to save $45,000 in the first year as a result of savings made in credit card, bank and transaction fees as more people use the Pay-by-phone platform provided as part of this tender.

The City currently pays a whopping $360,000 per annum in credit card, bank and transaction fees for people paying by card at the parking meter.

Also, the ‘enforcement management’ referred to in the agenda item does not mean the outsourcing of our parking inspectors. That is about ensuring all of the various systems our parking inspectors use are integrated (ie the systems can talk to each other), which is currently not the case, which should result in fewer infringement errors.

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INTEGRATED PARKING MANAGEMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is considering to award a contract for an integrated parking management system, but Councillors at the FPOL committee last night wanted more detailed information and assurance of data privacy protection before signing off on it.

The integrated parking management would improve customer parking experience and optimise the City’s parking network.

It would implement a pay-by-phone system, enforcement management, residents parking permits, promoting capability and reporting services and business intelligence, with dynamic pricing, commercial permits and staff and guest permits as desirable functions.

The contract would be for four years at a cost of $ 710,013 annually (exGST and with CPI to be added from the years 2-4 inclusive).

I am not sure if the enforcement management part of the contract means that the present City of Fremantle parking officers would become redundant and their job would be taken over by the preferred tender Database Consultants Australia.

The officers will provide full council with more information at its next meeting.

Roel Loopers

KIDOGO LAWN PARKING NOT ON!

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A reminder to the City of Fremantle that something needs to be done about vehicles driving and parking on the new lawn in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach, unless the ratepayers are prepared to spend thousands of dollars each year to replace and repair grass damaged by vehicles.

I photographed these two vehicles on Sunday and when I walked by an hour later another car had taken the spot of one of them.

This is regularly happening, so damage to the grass will be inevitable, unless Fremantle City prevents vehicles from driving onto the lawn.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE CARPARK ALMOST THERE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

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The  new Fremantle Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site is near completion with solar lighting now also installed.

It will be good that it opens as the Queensgate carpark will close after the long Easter weekend to accommodate the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S CAPPUCCINO STRIP CARPARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018

 

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The new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site near Fremantle Hospital and Fremantle Oval is scheduled to open early April.

Bitumen made of recycled road milling is being put down at present. It will capture rain water run off that will be used to water the water-wise plants.

There will be 156 car bays which will be lit at night by solar lighting, and there are also electric car charging bays.

Roel Loopers

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CAR SHARING A VIABLE FREMANTLE OPTION?

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 10, 2018

The City of Fremantle is investigating the likelihood of success-or not- for a car share project , with a consultant report going to the FPOL Committee of Council this coming Wednesday

Here some excerpts of the agenda item:

The report findings suggest that for a car share operator to be successful in Fremantle, support from Council is critical. Recommended support includes the use of car share vehicles in preference to fleet vehicles, and the provision of free car share parking bays.

The report suggests that Council seek Expressions of Interest to gauge the willingness of car share operators to enter the Fremantle market, and to determine the most appropriate applicant.

Fremantle Council adopted a specific Car Share policy in 2014. This indicated its intention to undertake a 2 year trial to facilitate car share scheme/s in Fremantle, the support the City was willing to offer operators, and the requirements it had of operators in return for this support. Uptake during the trial period has, however, been limited. Conversely, the prevalence of car share schemes, nationally, has increased, with these now successfully operating Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Car share services are most relevant to non-car owners or any owner of a low use vehicle (> 5000km per year). Car share operators own, service and clean vehicles, and customers pay to hire the cars on an hourly basis, returning them to the same pick up location. The hourly cost usually covers petrol, servicing and repairs, and some level of insurance. Public benefits from car share services include financial benefits (lower costs associated with having access to a vehicle), easier parking options, reduced congestion and improved urban amenity. Owners of a low use vehicle may choose to sell their vehicle and opt to use car share instead. Research indicates that one car share vehicle usually reflects a net reduction of nine vehicles.

Operators are likely to be cautious about developing a car share network in Fremantle due to the relatively low population and job density, generous parking permit controls for residents and availability of parking for business vehicles, all of which may reduce demand for the scheme and so undermine its viability. Reasons to be optimistic include that 13% of households do not own a private vehicle, which is relatively high, a large number of residents (2200) commute without a car, and CAT bus routes can provide free transport to the initial car share locations.

Commercial car share schemes are unlikely to be successful in Fremantle unless proactively supported by Council through:

staff use of car share vehicles as an alternative to fleet vehicles,

provision of parking bays for car share vehicles,

widespread promotion of the service, and

encouraging other large local organisations (such as Notre Dame, Fremantle Hospital) to use the services.

One has to wonder how long such a car share scheme would last with the probability of autonomous driverless cars on our roads within the next five years. Council should take that into account before committing to car share. A survey among residents would also reveal how many of us would be likely to use car share arrangements.

Roel Loopers

AROUND THE WORLD IN AN ELECTRIC CAR

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

Dutchman Wiebke Wakker will soon be crossing from Indonesia to Australia and will hopefully also visit Fremantle on his epic journey.

Wakker, which means awake, has been on the road for 687 days in an electric car, visited 31 countries and has driven 60,000 kilometres without having to fill up at a petrol station.

His Plug Me In project gets him to ask people to allow him to recharge the car batteries and he has been welcomed everywhere. See more on http://www.plugmeinproject.com

The always innovative and change embracing Dutch have a target of 200,000 electric vehicles on the road in the Netherlands by 2020. That’s a whole lot more than the meagre few hundred on Australian roads.

Roel Loopers

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