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NAVAL STORES WORK CONTINUES FOR ENKEL

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, development, enkel, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2019

 

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Work on the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill is continuing, to create a new home for the ENKEL group.

The windows have been gutted but the inside still looked much the same when I had a peak through the wide open door on Monday afternoon. A large steel beam has been put along the entire north side, as you can see though the open windows

I have no idea what the timeline is for Enkel to finally move in after delays and reduction of Fremantle Council budget for renovating the old shed.

Roel Loopers

WHAT WILL ENKEL BRING TO FREMANTLE?

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, communication, community, enkel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2019

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After a long delay ENKEL will be moving into the former Fremantle Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill in the next couple of months.

Enkel is still very much an unknown entity for many, so check out what they are up to on their website: https://enkel.co

Below some of what they say about themselves:

We believe that we need new approaches and more people to address the problems of today and tomorrow.

 

Our vision for Western Australia is a place of ideas, where people are empowered to create better futures.

We work towards this vision by consulting to organisations, running social innovation spaces, organising courses, inspiring, connecting and supporting changemakers, and much more.

 

All work is aligned with and reinforces our values Courage, Community, Conscience and Creativity.

 

Roel Loopers

 

NAVAL STORES WORK FINALLY UNDER WAY

 

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Well overdue work has finally started on the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill.

The City of Fremantle reduced its budget for the renovations by almost half, so there won’t be any work on a mezzanine and external works are also not part of the current work.

ENKEL signed a contract for the space years ago and have been waiting with frustration, but workers are now on-site and the work is estimated to be completed by the end of April.

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NEW CHANGES IN FREMANTLE

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

 

A few news snippets from the City of Fremantle:

  • Fremantle ratepayers will fork out $ 1,013,086 for the roll out of the new third bin FOGO recycling next year.
  • ENKEL will finally receive the keys for the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, after a very lengthy delay, so it will be interesting to watch if they will manage to activate the area considerably.
  • The height of the balustrade of the beautiful Fremantle Townhall balcony needs to be raised as the current height is no longer to Australian standards.
  • Unless there is strong demand from the Fremantle community there will not be live streaming of Council and Council committee meetings in the new civic centre. I just hope they’ll improve the sound system in the chamber.
  • Council approved the transfer of ownership for the Spicer site from Sirona Capital to Forrest Family Investments.
  • Two hour parking restrictions on the east side of Marine Terrace and the west of Mews Road will be implemented on weekdays from 8am to 5pm.
  • Four hour time restrictions will apply at the South Beach car park north of the kiosk.
  • A $ 3.50 per day parking fee will apply on the west side of Marine Terrace and the east side of Mews Road.

Roel Loopers

FREO COUNCIL CHANGING THE GROUND RULES, COUNCILLOR WARNS

Posted in city of fremantle, enkel, j shed, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2018

 

I’ll publish more about last night’s Fremantle Council meeting, after I return from tour guide duty at the Roundhouse this afternoon, but I do want to address this issue as it now came up twice at council meetings.

When debating the Naval Stores lease at Cantonment Hill to ENKEL Councillor Jon Strachan said “This Council is good at Expressions of Interest, but than keep changing, changing and changing them. We change the ground rules!”

Councillor Rachel Pemberton agreed with him, as had Councillor Andrew Sullivan who had a bit of a rant about Council abandoning projects at a previous Council committee meeting.

Reason is that ENKEL was supposed to get the lease over the fully renovated Naval Stores but Council decided to do only half of the job and not do their part of the deal, so now new negotiations have started on the rent, use, activation, etc.

The same happened to the preferred tender of a hospitality outlet at the planned new Esplanade Hub, that has now been pushed back by three years.

And we all are aware of the enormous debacle of Council granting a 20 year lease to Sunset Events for the number 1 unit at J Shed for a 850 patron tavern and 1,500 patron outdoor music venue, until they basically shat their pants and started back pedalling so far that there is nothing left of the original proposal, and Sunset Events now has got Council approval for a 300 patron tavern only, and that is still subject to approval by the WA Planning Commission and a liquor license.

Fremantle Council on occasions are worse than children. Give them a new toy and the old ones are abandoned immediately. That is not a great sign of maturity or professionalism and as Councillor Pemberton said it will warn off people from wanting to sign a contract with the City of Fremantle.

 

Roel Loopers

 

WHY POSTPONE FREMANTLE PROJECTS HALF WAY?

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

 

Fremantle Councillor Andrew Sullivan had a grumpy old evening at the FPOL Committee last night, and he had valid reasons for it.

Sullivan said he was not happy at all that the planned Esplanade hub was pushed back by up to three years and that the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill renovations would only be done in half.

“It frustrates me that almost always we postpone big projects halfway” he lamented. In three years time we will agains spend hundreds of officers’ hours and community consultation to start all over again.

It is fair to wonder why this happens when the 2018/19 budget also allows for a new $ 25,000 concept plan for a city square at the railway station. When Alannah MacTiernan was a WA government minister more than ten years ago I walked with her from the port building to the railway station looking at plans for the upgrade of Phillimore Street, a new square at the station and a new roundabout at Cliff Street.

Three years ago CODA architects created plans on behalf of Fremantle Ports for the Victoria Quay development that also included detailed plans for the relocation of the busport and a town square, so why do we need more experts and spend more money on what already has been done?

The masterplan for Princess May Park was approved two years ago, but nothing has eventuated, so why the community consultation and all the hours of creating it?

Even more years ago then Councillor John Dowson complained that the City wanted to do a masterplan for the reactivation of the West End. Go to the library he said and look at the glossy document the City did on this only 2-3 years ago. Why reinvent the wheel again?

For an outsider it all looks self serving so that that someone who might be called a special projects officer, who is hidden somewhere among the hundreds of city staff, will have a reason for his/her job, so they are given useless tasks and repeat projects that have already been well investigated. It’s a waste of time and money.

Councillor Sullivan was rightly frustrated and Fremantle Council needs to learn to prioritise better and stick with the projects they have approved, not pushing them down the line of priorities when something else that also looks worth doing comes up.

Roel Loopers

 

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR NAVAL STORES EYESORE?

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

 

 

It appears that the former Naval Stores building at Cantonment Hill will remain an eyesore for an indefinite time, since the City of Fremantle can’t tell me when the innovative ENKEL incubator will move in.

ENKEL was supposed to move in mid this year, after ground and rock stabilisation needed to be done behind the building, but that has now been completed and the Tuckfield Oval playground was opened a month ago.

ENKEL said on Facebook they hoped they can move in mid next year, but that they did not know, so what is the delay all about Freo City?

The incubator would also have a climbing wall and a cafe, and that takes time for planning and implementation, for which a timeline needs to be announced by CoF.

The Naval Stores is the entrance to Fremantle and looks  awful, so please get a move on City of Fremantle.

 

Roel Loopers

 

CANTONMENT HILL PROGRESS

Posted in cantonment hill, city of fremantle, local government, placemaking, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

 

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Stage 1 of the Fremantle Cantonment Hill project is now underway and a start has been made on the new children’s playground, retaining walls, earth stabilisation and steps from Canning Highway to the top of the hill.

The steps are just to the east of the former Naval Stores where ENKEL will move into in a few months and disabled access will be built to the left of the steps.

One has stunning views over the port, river and Fremantle from the top of the hill and Fremantle Sea rescue has taken over the former Signal Station.

There is access from Burt Street (opposite Officeworks) to walk or drive up Cantonment Hill during the day, or walk up and do a bit of exercise.

Roel Loopers

ENKEL CHANGEMAKERS FOR CANTONMENT HILL

Posted in enkel, fremantle, fremantle network by freoview on March 28, 2017

The monthly Fremantle Network event upstairs at the National Hotel on Monday evening featured Adam Jorlen of ENKEL and Adin Lang of the newly founded Friends of Freo.

ENKEL will move into the former Navy Stores at Cantonment Hill this year and is a social innovation centre with the aim to create a new generation of changemakers.

The group has a 20-year lease and there will be a big climbing wall, collaboration with Freo Food, and there will be stations for robotics and coding, a school of changemakers and Knowmads.

All activities in the big hall will be open to the public.

The ENKEL concept intrigues me as I like change and innovation, but for the sceptic there seems to be unresolved naivety about it. It worries me that the group only has 55 members when it has been operating out of Victoria Park for a few years now.

I am all for giving the group a fair go and the benefit of the doubt though, because creative rejuvenation is very important for the future of Fremantle, but I have no idea how they are going to survive financially and pay the required rent to the City of Fremantle.

Change is healthy when it is good change, so I definitely will try to get involved with ENKEL events to make sure that the new concept also involves older people and taps into our experience and knowledge.

And ENKEL means simple or easy in Swedish, Adam Jorlen told us. To broaden your horizon, let me point out that it also means nephew in German and ankle in Dutch. ; >)

Adin Lang who just started Friends of Freo as an extension of Friends of Hollis Park, wants to connect the green spine of Fremantle and do community nature conservation work in collaboration with the City of Fremantle.

It is about connecting the community groups at Cantonment Hill, Clontarf Hill, Booyembara Park, Hollis Park, etc. and share tools and knowledge, and tackle unique issues.

I think that is a good idea because community groups often work in isolation of other community groups with similar concepts.

Former Councillor Robert Fittock pointed out that Adin Lang had not included North Fremantle in his map and Adin promised to change that.

I always enjoy the Fremantle Network events and the next one will be on the last Monday of April where people from the affordable and ethical housing project Nightingale will speak.

Roel Loopers

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PRINCESS MAY PARK HOME FOR CIRCUS SCHOOL

Posted in children, city of fremantle, community by freoview on March 4, 2017

Now here is a innovative approach by the City of Fremantle to try to  accommodate Circus WA.

The community group has been given notice by state agency Artsource to vacate its existing premises on Phillimore Street by 7 April 2017.

Circus WA is seeking approval from the City to licence a portion of Princess May Park to temporarily accommodate its operations. It plans to erect a large tent to the west of the Old Boys School that will allow it to operate for up to three years while it identifies appropriate long term premises in another part of Fremantle.

Nearby businesses DADAA, Clancy’s Fish Pub and The Fremantle Education Centre are supportive of the temporary move.

The proposed licence is for 1 year with two further terms of 1 year each at the City’s approval. This means that the City has the option not to extend for the second or third year should the license conflict with the development of 2 Point Street.

I am not sure how practical this is going to be with the imminent development of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel just west of the proposed location for the tent, and also the security of the tent with Princess May Park being infamous for being a favourite location for homeless people day and night.

Circus WA has been looking for new premises in Fremantle for many years and wanted to share the Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill with Enkel but that fell unfortunately through.

The item is on the agenda for Wednesday’s FPOL Committee.

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