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FREMANTLE GOVERNANCE COST TRANSPARENCY

Posted in budget, city of fremantle, finances, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2018

 

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I always try to keep the words balance and respect in mind when I publish a blog post, so I am happy to now post the reply by the City of Fremantle here in regard to the question I asked on the weekend about what the GOVERNANCE expenditure in the budget was for. Here it is:

Regarding what is included in the $47 million figure under ‘governance’ in the capital expenditure chart in the rates booklet – the vast majority of that ($46.3 million) is the allocation towards the new Kings Square administration and library building.

It also includes $504,500 towards the purchase of our current admin building from the Dockers and $105,000 for the new parking app.

The rest is for things like office furniture, telecommunications equipment, IT equipment (like PC’s, tablets, printers and accessories) fixed and wireless internet etc.

 

Roel Loopers

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DEMOLITION OF FREO CIVIC CENTRE TO START SOON

 

Demolition of the City of Fremantle civic building at Kings Square will start next month, with preliminary work and asbestos removal by DELTA Pty Ltd. The demolition is estimated to be completed by October this year.

Vibration monitoring will be conducted to safeguard the integrity of the heritage listed Townhall and any demolition work immediately adjacent to the Townhall will be done by hand if required.

Daily air monitoring will also take place during asbestos removal by a third-party hygienist.

Roel Loopers

 

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TREERIFIC KINGS SQUARE!

 

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The relocation of the London Plane trees at Fremantle’s Kings Square started this morning. It is a major and impressive operation, so it was fun to watch and photograph.

The trees are being relocated to the north of the Townhall to make way for the construction of the new civic centre as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The other London Plane trees will be moved tomorrow, Friday and next week on Monday, so be aware that  traffic through that part of Adelaide and William Street and parking will be restricted.

Roel Loopers

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 18, 2017

 

Percent for Public Art Commission Kings Square Civic Building and Library Redevelopment
EOI# 910/17

This is a rare opportunity for artists to help shape the future of Fremantle’s city centre for the enjoyment of future generations.

Artist Briefing
11.00am, this Wednesday 20 December 2017
Fremantle Town Hall,
Cnr Adelaide & William Streets Fremantle
RSVP: publicart@fremantle.wa.gov.au or 9432 9571

Expression of Interest Documents can be downloaded by registering at:
https://www.tenderlink.com/fremantle/

Total artwork budget $415,000
Shortlisted artists will be paid a concept design fee of $1,500.

EOI closes: 2pm, Friday 16 February 2018

City of Fremantle : Welcome to City of Fremantle electronic procurement and tendering web pages, which has been designed to improve the speed and efficiency for both City of Fremantle and our suppliers.
TENDERLINK.COM

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HISTORIC LAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, historic, history, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2017

 

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Normally photography in the Fremantle Council Chambers is not allowed, but I was granted special permission to take photos yesterday of the special historic occasion.

As photos they are nothing special, but as historic documentation these photos of the last Ordinary Council meeting of the City of Fremantle in the present chambers are.

The building will be demolished to make way for the new Civic Centre at Kings Square, and for the next two years council and committee meetings will be held in the North Fremantle community hall.

The big wish of everyone ever attending a council meeting is that the new council chambers will have a much improved public sound system as it has been very challenging at times to hear what the elected members are saying.

 

Roel Loopers

POSITIVE FUTURE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2017

 

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The ceremonial start of the Fremantle Kings Square Project development by Sirona Capital was held this Friday morning, with WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt, Housing Minister Peter Tinley, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Sirona Managing Director Matthew McNeilly.

The electronic and print media also turned up en-masse, and Minister for Women Simone McGurk, Federal MP Josh Wilson, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Olwyn Williams, attended, as did many Freo councillors and staff.

A special mention should go to former City of Fremantle CEO Graeme McKenzie, who did a lot of the hard work and preparations for this game-changing project. Nice to see him present!

The $ 270 millions project will deliver 25,800sqm of new commercial office and retail space, plus a new civic centre for the City. This is the largest infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history!

More than 1,00 fulltime workers will be working in the construction of the project.

Once completed Kings Square will have more than 2,000 people working there, which represents a 13% boost in the number of workers in the Fremantle CBD.

Sirona’s Matthew McNeilly said the development was an indication of Fremantle Council’s courage and desire to revitalise the city.

I am personally delighted that this huge project is finally under way, after so many years of waiting and hoping.

Those who believe that this project will not have a massive positive impact on Fremantle should stay in bed and contemplate their miserable negative existence. : >)

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SOCIETY NOT TRUTHFUL

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle society, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2017

While Fremantle Society President John Dowson is always keen to question the integrity and transparency of Fremantle Council he does not care much about telling his members blatant lies to make Council look bad.

Dowson sent this email to FS members recently “…..the new administration building will only have HALF as much office space for staff as the current one! The 400 staff will have 800 sq metres of space, or 2 sq metres each, with the new “Hot desking” technique of not giving staff their own offices. This encourages staff to arrive early, around 5am, to secure the best positions.”

But the facts are very different according to the City of Fremantle. The present administration building has a net floor area for staff of 1,804 square metres and the new administration building will have 1,839 square metres of net floor area for staff, so  1,039 square metres more than the Fremantle Society President claims it will have.

In his desperation to make political points John Dowson does not bother to check facts it appears, so be warned who you vote for at the October election, especially when the candidates are supported by John Dowson’s hot air.

Roel Loopers

FREO AIMS HIGH FOR NEW CIVIC CENTRE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, kings square by freoview on February 24, 2017

I support the idea by the City of Fremantle of adding a third commercial floor to the new Civic Centre at Kings Square. I believe that is good long-term planning and caters for the future, while also adding long-term revenue for the City.

Architecturally it will also give the architects more chance of creating a more visually appealing vertical building that compliments the Townhall better.

When council amalgamations finally happen, well after my lifetime, and Fremantle is a much bigger city that requires more staff, we don’t have to make expensive additions, but already have the space to accommodate them.

The financial sustainability of Fremantle is a worry though and Council needs to ruthlessly prioritise as we don’t want to end up with a Colin Barnett-like mega debt.

Parking revenue alone has gone down by over $ 743,500 and parking infringements were also down by some $ 300,000, so that is over a million dollars of lost revenue, while the City has got big and expensive plans for Kings Square, Fremantle Oval, Cantonment Hill and others.

On the up side we should be making millions of dollars out of the sale of the Knutsford Street depot site in the very near future.

Roel Loopers

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CUT THE KINGS SQUARE CULTURAL CRAP PLEASE!

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, kings square, local government by freoview on December 20, 2016

 

Hey City of Fremantle, do us all a favour and drop the bullshit to retain some integrity! I noticed you are now calling the Kings Square Project the Cultural Precinct. That is ridiculous spin!

A library and a few cinemas do not make a Cultural Precinct. In Perth the Cultural Centre has the WA Museum, WA Art Gallery, the Library and PICA and is a true centre for culture, but the Kings Square project will predominantly be a commercial and retail precinct with some bars and cafes, so not anywhere near being a cultural precinct.

I am in favour of the Kings Square development but cut the crap please!

Roel Loopers

EXCITING FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, sirona capital by freoview on November 29, 2016

 

SIRONA CAPITAL managing director Matthew McNeilly spoke about the Kings Square project his company is doing in partnership with the City of Fremantle at the monthly Fremantle Network event on Monday evening.

The great news is that the KS Project will not be done in 3 stages as was planned previously but that Sirona has decided to do the whole project in one stage, which means the Civic Centre and Library, designed by Kerry Hill architects, will be built at the same time as the former Myer and Queensgate buildings development.

This will mean a much shorter period of having building sites at Kings Square which would be disruptive for local businesses and traffic, so hoorah to that. It means we will see businesses moving in by the end of 2019 before Christmas!

Demolition of the Queensgate building will start in April and building will commence in July 2017, but the concrete structure of the Many building will be retained, which is better for the environment as well.

The total development site is 2 hectare and the project costs are $ 280 million, so one of the biggest development projects ever done in Fremantle. It will create 20,000 sqm of office space and 5,500 sqm of retail space with the possibility of entertainment areas such as a cinema.

A new feature has been added with a retail “trench” between the buildings that will be on different levels and break up the facades fronting Kings Square. The trench will run from Newman Court to William Street and will have food, bar, retailers, lots of greenery and seating.

The facades will have lots of timber but also brick and other surfaces and there will be lots of greenery, even in the basement.

The carpark will be significantly modernised and integrated in the development.

I believe the Kings Square Project is a game changer for Fremantle and that the modern new shops will attract new people to town and significantly benefit the Fremantle retail and hospitality traders. I went to the brand-new Cotton On shop in the High Street mall yesterday and it was very busy there and a delight to shop in a modern large environment. It felt very good, so I bought some new T-shirts.

On another positive note Matthew McNeilly told the audience that the Heirloom by Match residential development on Queen Victoria Street was completed on Monday, so people will soon move into their new apartments. That will be the first of the big positive change of the run down East End of the CBD, with the construction of the large LIV apartment development by Defence Housing opposite Heirloom, commencing early next year.

Freo is on the move and it is a well-overdue, very positive and exciting one! I can’t wait!!!

Roel Loopers

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