Freo's View

DELAY FOR SPICER SITE SETTLEMENT

 

The monthly Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be held this coming Wednesday at 6pm and there are some interesting and controversial items listed on the agenda, so why not observe grassroots governance first hand and attend the meeting at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

On the agenda are Destination Marketing, the tavern lease for J Shed, the South Freo Solar Farm, the license with the South Fremantle Football Club for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Strategic Planning Framework, the new Precinct Policy,  and the Dog exercise areas policy.

Surprisingly listed as a confidential item is the request by Sirona Capital for the extension of the settlement for the former Spicer site, which now is the public car park on the corner of William Street and the Henderson Street mall.

The Spicer site development is part of the Kings Square Project the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital signed off on, and an important inner city development. Why does the Council debating the settlement extension request have to be confidential and not open to the public?

By the way, the new convenor for the South Fremantle Precinct is Sean Hefferon.

 

Roel Loopers

 

COUNCIL BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community, dogs, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on February 15, 2018

 

The FPOL-Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee of the City of Fremantle met in North Fremantle last evening.

The Dog Exercise and Prohibited Area Policy item on the agenda attracted many speakers who walk their dog in Frederick Samson Park and who were not at all happy with the proposed restrictions, with one of them saying that council was barking up the wrong tree.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton, who has a very cute little dog herself, said that maybe the policy was heavy handed. There are Bush Forever sites that allow dogs on a leash and we need more clarity on how we handle the bush and how we handle the walkers, with or without a dog, she said.

It was decided that a site visit by some Councilors and workshopping was needed before the Elected Members could make a proper decision, and the item was deferred.

The lease of the Evan Davies building upper level above the Dome cafe for bar and restaurant will have to be confirmed by full council. Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had expected a more cultural kind of outcome, but was assured by Director Tom Griffiths that live music events were planned.

The request for special parking permits for residents of the Warders Cottages is also still unresolved with Councillors being worried about setting a precedent for future residential development which does not supply parking, so officers will need to consider all the implications first.

The idea is that residents could be offered a yearly parking permit for CoF carparks at 50% discount.

It is probably prudent to check how much commercial carparks like Queensgate are charging annually for long-term parking, and also to consider if small business owners in Fremantle should also be offered the same courtesy, because quite a few of them park their car all day while they are attending their shop.

It is disturbing to hear from one Warders Cottage resident, who contacted me, that the State Heritage Office in a letter to prospective buyers of the cottages had suggested that the City of Fremantle might supply them with parking permits,

Just before the FPOL meeting was the Library Committee meeting, so interesting to hear that the Toy Library has now been made available to Cockburn and Melville residents as well.

Roel Loopers

A VERY FREO PHOTO MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on December 6, 2017

 

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There is always something to discover and photograph when one walks around Fremantle with one’s eyes wide open.

I took these photos of my Freo this morning. There is so much beauty in the ordinary!

Roel Loopers

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NORTH FREO PIZZAS AND POOCHES NIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, dogs, food, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2017

 

The North Fremantle Sports Club at John Street is holding a PIZZAS and POOCHES night this Thursday, November 30.

Enjoy great wood fired pizzas by Jamel with your four-legged best friend and other friends and family.

The club bar will be open to support the local sports clubs and pizzas are $ 20.00.

It’s on from 5.30-8pm.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SUNDAY STREET PHOTOS

Posted in fremantle, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2017

 

 

It such a beautiful Sunday that I had to go out and wander around Fremantle, and I took these street photos.

Roel Loopers

 

EAST STREET JETTY SUNSET

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on January 23, 2017

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Photography is soul music for me. Whenever I feel a bit down I go out and try to find good images. Taking creative photos makes me happy.

I took this one at the Fremantle East Street jetty today just before 7 pm.

Roel Loopers

DOGS DAY AT THE GROWERS GREEN

Posted in dogs, fremantle, growers green markets, markets, western australia by freoview on September 13, 2016

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The Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market is having a DOGS DAY this Sunday September 18, so bring your cuties to the Lefroy Road community market.

The categories are: Golden Oldie(over 8 years-old), Cutest Puppy, Happiest Dog, and Smartest Dog.

And while there shop for organic food, buy yummy international breakfast and catch up with friends.

The market is open from 8 am till midday every Sunday.

Roel Loopers

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HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGY AT THE A-SIGN?

Posted in art, dogs, fremantle, pet, photography, street photography, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

barber dog

 

I absolutely love the quirky and unexpected things one comes across when walking the streets of Fremantle. Street photography for me is all about recording real life and the lifestyle of a place, in the knowledge that future generations will see my photos and get an understanding of what life was like in the 2000s.

Walking through William Street this morning I noticed this cute little dog all packed in for winter waiting at the barber shop.

Roel Loopers

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PROTEST CALLS FOR GREYHOUND RACING BAN IN W.A.

Posted in animals, dogs, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 24, 2016

There was not a bookmaker or betting agency in sight when Fremantle Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren joined about 200 people and almost as many dogs at Wilson Park in South Fremantle on Sunday morning to call for the WA state government to join with NSW and ban greyhound racing.

NSW banned the ‘sport’ after acts of animal cruelty were exposed and mass graves filled with greyhounds were discovered there.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE BAN GREYHOUND RACING RALLY

Posted in animals, dogs, fremantle, western australia by freoview on July 23, 2016

There will be a rally to call for a ban on greyhound racing in W.A. at Wilson Park at South Beach in Fremantle this Sunday between 11 am and 1 pm.

The location of the rally  is quite significant as the first horse races were held at South Beach.

Roel Loopers

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