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PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY AT FREMANTLE OVAL PROJECT

 

 

When Fremantle Council and the Fremantle Oval reference and steering groups are looking at the potential and opportunities for the development and activation of the area one of their main priorities must be the connectivity between the north and the south of Parry Street, as this is going to be a major challenge.

Pedestrian crossing is already a challenge on weekends when the Fremantle Markets are open. The roundabout at William Street is not the safest place to cross Parry Street since motorists are occupied with navigating the roundabout and rarely give way to pedestrians who are on their way to the oval or Fremantle Prison.

The entire precinct will attract a lot more people when Fremantle Oval is activated and when Silverleaf Investments have developed the police and justice complex down the road with a hotel and community spaces and activation, so vehicular and pedestrian movement will increase substantially.

When one also considers that the City of Fremantle has plans to extend Norfolk Street all the way to Mews Road in the Fishing Boat Harbour, which will make Parry Street even more into a ring road, one can start contemplating the challenges ahead to create safe pedestrian access between the markets and the oval.

Serious thoughts need to be had about a possible pedestrian underpass or at least a zebra crossing somewhere halfway along Parry Street between William Street and South Terrace.

There will be events and concerts at Fremantle Oval and residential and commercial accommodation in new buildings to the south and west of it, and the Kings Square activation project will bring heaps more people to that part of Freo, so a lot more people will be in the area, that already is home to two of Fremantle’s most popular tourist attractions Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Markets.

If Fremantle Council is serious about making Parry Street even more into a ring road from Queen Victoria Street in the north east of the CBD all the way to the Fishing Boat Harbour, it will need to address especially pedestrian connectivity and safety between the new developments in the precinct as a priority.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE OVAL PRECINCT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

 

Integrated into the heart of Fremantle, the vision for the Fremantle Oval Precinct is to re-establish and offer an active venue for sport, community, cultural and health pursuits.

Work on creating a concept for Fremantle Oval and the surrounding areas is underway with the City of Fremantle having established a Steering Group and a Reference Group.

The Steering Group consists of three directors of the City, the CEO of the South Metro Health Service and the Manager City Design and Projects of CoF.

The Reference Group is very large with three Elected Members,  the Area Manager Infrastructure of South Metro Health, a representative from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture, The CEOs of the South and East Fremantle football clubs, the President of the Fremantle District Cricket Club, the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, a representative of the University of Notre Dame, and three managers of the City of Fremantle. WOW, they must have veeeery looooong meetings so that everyone can have their say!

And what is it all about?

1. CONNECT WITH THE SURROUNDS

The precinct is re-established in a way that integrates its internal uses with one another as well as reconnecting the precinct into the fabric of the city centre.

2. CONSOLIDATES A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Develop and enhance the precinct in a manner that consolidates and increases sporting activities on the Oval as the primary use and as a Centre of Excellence for football, while respecting the heritage of the precinct.

3. BRINGS ADDED PUBLIC LIFE

Augment sporting uses at the venue with entertainment, cultural events and community activities that bring added public access and life to the precinct.

4. ENABLES REGENERATION AND INTEGRATION

Consolidate health activities on the hospital site; enabling regeneration and improved integration with the surrounding city.

5. IMPROVES PUBLIC ACCESS

Develop key perimeter sites that improve public accessibility and increase pedestrian activity at ground level, throughout the year.

6. BALANCES TRANSPORT ACCESS

Enable a balanced portfolio of transport access arrangements to the precinct.

and there is more:

PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

Provide Open, Green Space for a Healthy City

Ensure the precinct provides open and green spaces for access by city workers, residents and visitors.

Reveal and Visually Connect the Precinct

Key views, vistas and links are established, protected and celebrated.

BUILT FORM

Optimise Activity through Appropriately Scaled Development

Ensure development opportunities optimise activities / density through appropriate height, mass and setbacks.

Respond to the Environment

Seek excellence in design and aesthetics; develop in a fashion that is responsive to local environmental conditions and sustainability principles.

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

Integrate into Fremantle’s Historic Urban Fabric

Where practical, extend the urban grid of the city into the precinct to improve legibility and urban integration, whilst acknowledging the historical informal and open nature of the precinct.

Celebrate Heritage and History

Understand, reveal, enhance and interpret the unique heritage attributes of the precinct and its context.

MOVEMENT AND TRANSPORT

Invite People In

Improve pedestrian access, permeability and sense of safety across the precinct and along adjoining streets.

Create Good Journeys

Enhance physical connections between the precinct, prison and town.

What appears to be missing are some creative people; architects, artists, placemakers, and also yet again no attempt to involve community groups from the beginning, so yet again they will have to be reactive and that often results in the groups being criticised for being negative.

When will they ever learn at local government that it is advantageous to involve members of the community from the very start because it means a lot less hassles when it comes to planning issues, etc.

The Fremantle Oval Precinct is a huge opportunity for the City of Fremantle and while they mention a time frame of 20-30 years for the development this one is more realistic and achievable than the South Quay development ideas.

Roel Loopers

THE LAST HIDDEN TREASURES TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2018

 

It is the last day of the Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURE WINTER MUSICAL FESTIVAL, so hang out with a great crowd and stay warm.

National Hotel Fremantle
Doors already open. Music from 7.45 pm
7.45pm- 8.30pm Kopano
9pm – 9.45pm Jere Sosa Music
10.15pm -11pm Alex Arpino

Buffalo Club, Fremantle
Doors open 7.00 pm
8.15pm – 9pm Mal de Mer
9.30pm – 10.15pm Axe Girl
10.45pm – 11.30pm The Bible Bashers

Fremantle Navy Club
From 6pm: Freo Groove Book Launch
Performances from Lois Olny and Dave Johnson
Jim Fisher, John Wilson, Lucky Oceans

9.30pm – 10.10pm Michael Savage and band
10.30pm – 11.30pm Abbe May and The Rockin’ Pneumonia – Howl and Moan

Wyola Club
Doors open at 7pm
8pm – 8.45pm Jamilla
9.05pm – 9.50pm Post Depression Makeout Session
10.10pm – 10.55pm Prawns with Horns

PS Art Space
Doors open 8.30pm
8.45pm : PSAS DJs
9.15pm – 10pm Randa And The Soul Kingdom
10.00pm: PSAS DJs
10.30pm – 1am ClubbMedd hosts the Hidden Treasures closing party

The Tram
Departing every hour from in front of the Buffalo Club:
8.00, 9.00, 10.00: Oosterbanger

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WEEK THREE HIDDEN TREASURES MUSIC DELIGHT TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, entertainment, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2018

 

Hidden Treasures. July

 

Week 3 of the fantastic Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES MUSIC WINTER FESTIVAL is on tonight from 7.30 until midnight, and this is what is on offer for your entertainment:

National Hotel (Upstairs)
Doors already open. Music from 7.45 pm
7.45pm- 8.30pm The Norfolk Pines
9pm – 9.45pm MATA
10.15pm -11pm Brassika

Buffalo Club, Fremantle
Doors open 7.00 pm
8.15pm -9pm Swayzee
9.30pm – 10.15pm Delilah Rose and the Gunslingers
10.45pm – 11.30pm Tomás Ford

Fremantle Navy Club
Doors open 7.00 pm
7.30 – 8.15pm Boox Kid
9pm – 9.45pm Hugh Jennings
10.30pm – 11.30 Elk Bell

Wyola Club
Doors open 7pm
8pm – 8.45pm Bluenade
9.05pm – 9.50pm Your Girl Pho
10.10pm – 10.55pm FLOSSY

PS Art Space
Doors open 8.30 pm
8.30: PSAS DJs
9pm – 9.45pm Feels
9.45: PSAS DJs
10.15pm – 11.15pm Benjamin Witt
11.15: PSAS DJs

The Tram
Departs every hour from in front of the Buffalo Club, Fremantle:
8.00, 9.00, 10.00: Jay le kat

Tickets to Hidden Treasures are $20 on the night only. Tickets gain you entry to all venues: Navy Club, Buffalo Club, PS Art Space, National Hotel and our new secret venue the Wyola Club.

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FREO HIDDEN TREASURES WINTER MUSIC WARMERS

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, entertainment, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 5, 2018

 

The Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL starts today in the historic West End.

Check out the full program here >> http://www.hiddentreasuresfreo.com.au/

National Hotel (Upstairs)
Doors already open. Music from 7.45pm
7.45pm- 8.30pm – Emlyn Johnson
9pm – 9.45pm – Le Mezz Club and Mike Slade
10.15pm -11pm – HEEBIEJEEBIES

Buffalo Club, Fremantle
Doors open 7.00pm
8.15pm – 9pm Bass Lemon
9.30pm – 10.15pm Debbie Downers
10.45pm – 11.30pm Paige McNaught Experience – PMX

Fremantle Navy Club
Doors open 7.00pm
7.30pm – 8.15pm J.F.K
9pm – 9.45pm Leopard Lake
10.30pm – 11.30pm The Soul Movers

Wyola Club
Doors open 7pm
8pm – 8.45pm Cuss
9.05pm – 9.50pm Girlfriend Material
10.10pm – 10.55pm Last Quokka

PS Art Space
Doors open 8.30 pm
8.30: PSAS DJs
9pm – 9.45pm Hyclass
9.45: PSAS DJs
10.15pm – 11.15pm Downsyde
11.15: PSAS DJs

The Tram
Departing every hour from in front of the Buffalo Club:
8.00, 9.00, 10.00: Sunbird (Dave from Mister and Sunbird)

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HIDDEN TREASURES MUSICAL DELIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, concerts, culture, local government, music, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2018

 

Secret location Hidden treasures

 

The Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL starts tomorrow in the historic West End.

The ‘secret location’ has been revealed. It is the Wyola Club premises.

Check out the full program here >> http://www.hiddentreasuresfreo.com.au/

National Hotel (Upstairs)
Doors already open. Music from 7.45pm
7.45pm- 8.30pm – Emlyn Johnson
9pm – 9.45pm – Le Mezz Club and Mike Slade
10.15pm -11pm – HEEBIEJEEBIES

Buffalo Club, Fremantle
Doors open 7.00pm
8.15pm – 9pm Bass Lemon
9.30pm – 10.15pm Debbie Downers
10.45pm – 11.30pm Paige McNaught Experience – PMX

Fremantle Navy Club
Doors open 7.00pm
7.30pm – 8.15pm J.F.K
9pm – 9.45pm Leopard Lake
10.30pm – 11.30pm The Soul Movers

Wyola Club
Doors open 7pm
8pm – 8.45pm Cuss
9.05pm – 9.50pm Girlfriend Material
10.10pm – 10.55pm Last Quokka

PS Art Space
Doors open 8.30 pm
8.30: PSAS DJs
9pm – 9.45pm Hyclass
9.45: PSAS DJs
10.15pm – 11.15pm Downsyde
11.15: PSAS DJs

The Tram
Departing every hour from in front of the Buffalo Club:
8.00, 9.00, 10.00: Sunbird (Dave from Mister and Sunbird)

CORRECTION! Former Freo Councillor Tim Grey-Smith alerted me that the festival actually starts Thursday week July 5 and not tomorrow. It just shows that I am a fool. Sorry!!

FREMANTLE WINTER FESTIVALS GALORE

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, festivals, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2018

 

June 16 Winter Music Fest Nth Freo

 

The North Fremantle Winter Music Festival is on this Saturday June 16 at MOJOS Bar, the North Fremantle Bowling Club, Port Beach Garden Bar, Railway Hotel, Swan Basement, Swan Hotel and the Guildhall.

See the poster above for the line-up.

 

June 23. Hilton Film fest.

The Hilton Winter Film Festival is on again this year on June 22 and 29 and in July on the 6th and 13th.

Check out the Facebook page for details.

Also in July is the Hidden Treasures winter music festival in Fremantle’s West End.

Roel Loopers

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WILL FREO CITY FLY SWAT MUSICIANS CLUB?

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

I received new information about the rumour that the Fly by Night club might be leaving Fremantle.

My informant told me that City of Fremantle officers will recommend to Council to terminate the Fly’s lease for Victoria Hall, so it will be a Council decision to keep the live music venue going or let is die.

Money is probably the issue here, so we will have to wait and see if Fremantle Council is willing to financially support the Fly by Night club again, or let them go.

Before the Fly moved into Victoria Hall Clancy’s offered to manage the heritage building as a live music venue and run the bar and daytime cafe, but that offer was not taken up by Fremantle Council.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE COUNCIL J SHIT GOVERNANCE

 

The Fawlty Towers approach to governance by Fremantle Council on the proposed J Shed tavern development continued at the Planning Committee on Wednesday evening and will be repeated again at full Ordinary Council next week.

The Bathers Beach saga has been going on since November 2012 when the City asked for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) for a bar/cafe/gallery for the No 1 unit at J Shed on historic Arthur’s Head.

With stars in their eyes the naive Council then decided to sign the ‘applicant driven’ 21 year lease for an 850 patron tavern and 1,500 patron outdoor live music venue, against the express and loud wishes of local residents and heritage groups, Fremantle Ports and neighbouring J Shed artists, as well as Noongar representatives.

But when Sunset Events finally put their planning proposal in Councillors got cold feet and rejected the application, which subsequently was also rejected by the WA Planning Commission, which is the deciding authority.

Since then the proposal has been watered down a few times and is now only for a 300 patron tavern on a reduced parcel of the A Class Reserve and no outdoor live music events. If that is actually financially viable for the proponent is very questionable, and according to a CoF director I spoke to this afternoon Sunset Events will need to find a financial partner for the around $ 1 million development to be able to realise it.

The WAPC rejected the proposal because it was inappropriate in use, bulk and scale for the area and Councillor Jeff McDonald passionately reminded his fellow Councillors of that.

McDonald said that the land is of regional significance, the parking requirements are not addressed, that it is not a low profile development, and it is not at all similar to Rottnest Island!

Mayor Brad Pettitt however believed that the proposal for a tavern is a real opportunity to activate the West End and Arthur’s Head and that the plans were now close to where the Council initially wanted to go. One has to wonder then why Council signed a 21 year lease for an large 850 patron tavern and an even bigger 1,500 patron music venue in the first place, when all they wanted was a small bar. Yes Minister!

The process has been unfair to everyone! Sunset Events had every reason to believe in good faith that Council would support the tavern and music venue when they signed the long lease, but the same elected members who approved the lease keep stuffing the proponents around until the proposal is close to no longer being viable.

The J Shed artists had to live with the anxiety of not knowing what is going to happen with their work spaces, studios and galleries and if the impact of the proposal might mean they will have to move elsewhere.

The heritage groups are of course concerned about the negative impact on one of the most significant historic areas in Western Australia and how that might impact also on tourism.

The inner city residents are rightly concerned about drunks, anti social behaviour, littering of Bathers Beach and parking issues. One can just imagine that at night time clever motorists will find that Mrs Trivett and Captain’s Lane, as well as Fleet Street are just fine for illegal parking and maybe having a quick wee in the dark. With the Whalers Tunnel closed at night it is a long walk around Arthur’s Head in the dark to the Little High Street and Victoria Quay carparks.

The fact that there are no plans for building a proper toilet block should also be a concern as portaloos are unsightly and smelly.

Councillor Jenny Archibald summed up pretty well what I have been saying for years. Arthur’s Head and the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct need a more cohesive approach from Council. She said it was disappointing Council is willing to compromise so much and that the original EOI was interesting. May I remind the Mayor that he agreed before the October election at an event in the National Hotel that the Bathers Beach Art Precinct needed to be revisited by Council because it was not working!

Councillor Adin Lang said it was unlikely a cafe could afford to spend $ 1 million on infrastructure.

Don’t waste your time folks watching a satirical program on TV, come attend Fremantle Council instead when they debate the J Shed proposal and you’ll get a mix of Yes Minister and Fawlty Towers all on the same night and free to hot air. If it wasn’t so sad to watch the incompetence it would be a good laugh.

Roel Loopers

FREO SOCIAL HALL NEW MUSIC VENUE

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, heritage, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2018

 

Freo Social Hall

 

While the controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach will come before the City of Fremantle Planning Committee tomorrow evening, at the other end of town Sunset Events appear to be progressing well with converting the former Drillhall and former home of the Fly by Night Club into the FREO SOCIAL HALL music venue.

Sunset Events signed a lease with the National Trust to bring back the heritage building to its former glory and has been working on it for years. The new music venue is opening later this year.

A new large music venue will be very welcome in Fremantle, but it will be serious competition for the struggling Fly by Night in Victoria Hall, so time will tell if the two venues can survive in the same town.

Roel Loopers

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