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LOCAL GOVERNMENT A STRANGE BEAST

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, employment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2019

 

Sometimes I don’t get how local government works, as is the case with the request for rent reduction by Evergreen Golf Pty LTD, which manages the Fremantle public golf course.

Only on June 26 this year Council agreed to accept the offer of another ten-year lease for the golf course to the company, but on Wednesday, just half a year later, the FPOL Committee will decide to give Evergreen Golf a 50% rent reduction because of the impact the High Street Project by Main Roads has on the operation of the golf course and the alleged considerable drop in patronage.

The City sees itself as a conduit between the course operators and MRWA and will try to get the money they are losing back, but it makes little sense to me. Why ask for rent reduction six months after getting a new lease approved and why should the City of Fremantle take the financial risk instead of waiting for the outcome of the negotiations with MRWA?

Down the road our southern neighbours in the City of Cockburn gave their CEO a new four-year contract only six weeks ago, but he suddenly went on indefinite sick leave because the City of Cockburn has not provided him with a safe working place. Really, sign a new contract with an employer who does not provide a safe working environment? How strange is that.

Maybe all Mayor Logan Howlett and Council should do is give their CEO a hardhat, safety glasses and steelcap boots, like FiFo workers on far more dangerous mine sites get.

Local Government is sometimes a Yes Minister comedy it seems.

Roel Loopers

FOR THE GRETA GOOD AT COOGEE BEACH

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

For the Greta Good

 

Great idea, or should that be Greta idea, to put these challenging words in the sand at Coogee Beach.

It is a real shame, and a clear indication that there is a lack of maturity in the debate  about global warming, that it has become political ping pong, and that is very disappointing.

I picked this photo up from Facebook, so no idea who took it, so please let me know and I’ll credit the photographer and the people who put the words in the sand!

Roel Loopers

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SOUTH WEST GROUP PRIORITIES

 

The South West Group has identified 11 major projects for the region that could be realised with the support of the federal, state and local governments.

The South West Group was established in 1983 to assist local councils to collaborate on significant projects. The group consists of Fremantle, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Melville, Kwinana and Rockingham councils.

The recently released brochure by the group is substantial, so I’ll add it as a pdf to this blog post, but here some of the projects the South West Group has identified:

  •  Fremantle to Cockburn transit line.
  •  Fremantle to Murdock transit line
  • Rockingham transit line
  • Canning Bridge Activity Centre Redevelopment
  • Western Trade Coast
  • Redevelopment of Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port
  • Kwinana Freeway and Tonkin Highway upgrades
  • Investment Attraction Plan
  • South West Region Tourist Network
  • South West Smart Region Initiatives

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Roel Loopers

 

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MODEST RATES RISE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2019

 

Council rates in Fremantle will only rise by 1.8% and that put our local council at number 16 on the list of local government rates rises.

Our neighbours East Fremantle come in at number 9 with a 2.4% rise, Cockburn at number 14 with a 1.9% rise and Melville at number 21 with a 1.1 rates rise.

The top of the list at number 1 is the City of Rockingham with a 3.6% rise, no doubt to reflect the status of being the home of the WA Premier Mark McGowan. 😳

Cottesloe is number 2 with a 3.5% rise and Nedlands comes in at number 3 with a 2.95% rise.

Roel Loopers

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WILL FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL EVER BE BUILT?

 

Hilton 1

Hilton 2

 

It seems rather peculiar that the SKS Group which is going to build the Hilton Doubletree hotel at Fremantle’s Point Street only has an estimated  commencement date for the development on their website, while they have an estimated completion date for 2022 for the Hampton-Inn-by-Hilton in Cockburn Central.

The SKS Group have kept delaying the Fremantle development for far too long. They were going to start yet again last October, but only on the basement carpark, but that has now been pushed back by another year to this year October. We can probably expect them to delay it again….and again… and again, because the only option would be for the City of Fremantle to buy back the property, for which there is no money, or for SKS to put the property on the market, and that would not be good for Fremantle either.

Just don’t leave Freo in limbo, SKS and finally state what you are really going to do and give us a fixed date for the commencement and completion!

Roel Loopers

STILL HOPE FOR FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL

 

Artist’s impression of the DoubleTree by Hilton Fremantle

 

The article in the West Australian today about the one-year delay for the opening of the Doubletree Hilton Perth Waterfront hotel at Elizabeth Quay gives some hope for Fremantle.

The Malaysian SKS Group says it wants to get started on the $ 115 million Fremantle Hilton Doubletree at Point Street this year, so let’s hope this is not again another promise they won’t keep, as the project has been delayed for far too long. The company was due to start with a two-level basement car park last October but applied to Fremantle Council for another delay.

Good news also for Cockburn with the SKS Group planning to build a hotel at Cockburn Central as well.

Roel Loopers

BIKE STOLEN FROM DISABLED WOMAN

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, crime, disability, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2018

 

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If you see this bike anywhere in Fremantle or Cockburn please call police immediately!

The custom-made bike belongs to the delightful Danielle Loizou Lake who has a disability and this is her major form of transport, also to get the kids to school and pre-school.

It was stolen from Hamilton Hill last night, so please keep an eye out for it!!!!

Roel Loopers

ROE 8 HIGHWAY ROAD RESERVE TO BE REZONED

 

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The WA State Government will today introduce legislation in Parliament to scrap the  Perth Freight Link/Roe 8 highway extension road reserve, and rezone 86 hectares of the Beeliar Wetlands into parks and recreation in the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

It will be a challenge to get it through the Legislative Council though and might need cross benchers to achieve the goal.

While I welcome the protection of the Beeliar Wetlands I wonder if this move is not premature with the Westport Taskforce handing its first report to the Minister soon, which will state that there are no ‘fatal flaws’ for the expansion of Fremantle Port, Kwinana and Bunbury Port, so road connectivity will have to be part of the considerations to either expand Fremantle Port, or move part of the port operations to Kwinana and/or Bunbury.

Roel Loopers

 

NIGHT HOOPS ARE BACK!

 

Night Hoops

 

The southside NIGHT HOOPS will be back from late October for young people between the age of 12-18 years old who live in the Fremantle/Cockburn area.

Come play a game of basketball, get a free meal and some skills and life coaching in a safe environment, and a ride home on the bus before midnight.

It is all free and players and volunteers can register their interest on http://www.nighthoops.org.

Roel Loopers

 

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CREATIVE HAMILTON HILL COMMUNITY

Posted in art, city of cockburn, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2017

 

 

I drove over the border to the City of Cockburn today, so I took my long-expired passport to prove that I am a citizen of the world and a resident of the global village.

My epic journey took me to the IGA at Simms Road in Hamilton Hill where the community were painting a large mural.

Just great to see kids and families engaged in creating a more beautiful community!

 

Roel Loopers

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