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FROM THE FREMANTLE FPOL COMMITTEE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2018

 

The needed stabilisation of the North Bank foreshore in North Fremantle created the longest debate of the evening at the Fremantle Council FPOL Committee on Wednesday evening.

Questions were asked why the City of Fremantle should spend money on it when clearly the onus had been on the developers at the time, who went into receivership, to build a seawall to protect the residential properties.

Councillors also made it clear that the City would not be able to spend approximately $ 600,000 on this so it was a long way away from the issues being resolved.

Staff were asked why the elected members had not received more information, as they had requested some months ago when the item came before the committee, so the item was deferred and will come back to council in about three months.

Another long debate was about the implementation of a Sustainable Events Policy, which would demand that plastic water bottles, straws, balloons, styrofoam, polystyrene, etc. would no longer been used at Fremantle events.

The High Street/Stirling Highway project will need EPA approval so that will change things a little but the City is still required to remove FERN from Montreal Street and hand over the site to Main Road by the start of February next year.

The preferred builder for the Fremantle Park sports and community home was approved, as were the well overdue two zebra crossings on Marine Terrace, and the extension of the lease for the South Beach kiosk.

Also approved was that Cleanaway will be responsible for the collection of the new FOGO green organic waste collection.

An offer has been made for the sale of 12 Holdsworth Street, but that was a confidential item, so I had to leave the chambers. This is the building where the Fremantle Dental Clinic is in, which offers a great service to those on pension, concession and health cards, who can otherwise not afford to go to a dentist, so the city should lobby State Government that the dental clinic will remain in Fremantle as it is needed here!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORT B SHED GREAT FOR SUMMER EVENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, event, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2018

 

 

Got a special event this coming summer, but have not found yet the special location you are looking for? Try B Shed on Victoria Quay in Fremantle Port!

Fremantle Ports is looking for EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR B SHED SUMMER ACTIVATION .

Fremantle Ports are now seeking EOIs for community-based activation and family friendly entertainment/events to be held at B Shed, Victoria from November 2018 – March 2019.

To submit your ideas and obtain EOI documents, register on the Fremantle Ports Tender Portal.

Reference No: FREPRT-811895 – B Shed Summer Activation
Closing Date: 2.00PM WST, Friday 13 July 2018

For furtherurther information: Call Franco Andreone on (08) 9430 3555 or visit the Fremantle Ports website: http://www.fremantleports.com.au/Pages/default.aspx

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VERY LONG COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2018

 

Anyone who believes that being a Councillor in Fremantle is just a walk in the park, should check out the agenda for tonight’s meeting.

The agenda for this evening’s Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting is a very long one and will probably attract a lot of people in the public gallery.

First agenda item is the very controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach and the next item is about new terms of reference for the Design Advisory Committee.

There is the Overdue Debtors report, Audit and Risk update for Assets, Toy Library report, the implementation of the three waste bin FOGO (not to be confused with the FOMO retail concept for Kings Square), the lease with the South Fremantle Football Club for Fremantle Oval, request for proposals for the old Weighbridge in Phillimore Street, Sets on the Beach events at Port Beach. There will also be a motion to ban gas filled balloons in public.

The replacement for the Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square will also be debated. This will be a very expensive exercise, but I hear Council want to replace at least two trees with other mature Moreton Bay figs, so that will be nice in addition to the relocated London Plane trees.

The agenda is 229 pages long and there are additional agenda attachments as well, so anyone keen to read it all should download it from the City of Fremantle website.

I’ll be there at the meeting of course, so will report back to you about it tomorrow.

Roel Loopers

CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES!

Posted in city of fremantle, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2018

 

clean up!

 

I noticed this sign at Pakenham Street this morning. It is unfortunately an ongoing problem in Fremantle that event organisers plaster our city with info about upcoming events, but once the events are over they can’t be bothered to take away signs.

I removed three signs about the Queen’s Baton Relay which was held two and a half weeks ago, but the onus is on organisers to remove the stuff they put up.

We would not need Clean Up Australia Day if everyone had a clean up after yourself day every day!!!

Roel Loopers

 

THE IMPACT OF FREMANTLE PLACEMAKING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

There were so many posts on Twitter yesterday about placemaking, that I contemplated overnight what the modern buzzword actually means in the context of local government and a small city like Fremantle.

Placemaking should not be about beautifying small pockets of the city, but should be about awareness of the whole and the reality that everything we do impacts on others, either positively or negatively. That really is the big challenge for local government to deal with.

An event will please many thousands of people, but can negatively impact on local residents or traders, as there will be noise, parking and traffic problems, so while it pleases some it upsets others.

At planning meetings we constantly hear people opposing development next to where they live, with claims of loss of privacy, overshadowing, etc. so whichever way council decide it will upset one of the parties.

Traffic-calming in South Fremantle might please most locals, but it could alter the flow of traffic to the CBD and have a negative impact on traders there. What is the right placemaking decision?

Placemaking is about wholeness, and making good choices for the common good, even if that upsets those with a NIMBY attitude. It requires courage of councillors to make the ‘right’ decisions, because the decisions they’ll make will never be right for everyone in the community. That’s the nature of us human beings that we never all agree on everything.

When I hear election candidates naively state that they will do what the community want, my immediate question is which part of the community do they mean, because there will be opposing views in the community. Councillors will have to vote one way or the other, displeasing those who are opposed to it.

It comes down to how much, and how negatively or how positively decisions we make in life impact on others. Loud parties, noise, dog barking, anti-social behaviour, where we park our car in the street we live, etc. it all impacts on others. So to make the right decisions we need to be considerate and constantly aware that our great personal lifestyle might not be considered so great by our neighbours.

What might be a good event that benefits local traders, could well have a negative impact on those who live nearby, and events can also be detrimental for local traders, so how do we find the right balance of placemaking in local government?

The Australian Hotel Association claimed in a survey they sent to local government election candidates that pop-ups negatively impact on their members, but surely that statement is not true for all pop-up events and for all pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars around Fremantle, because many of them benefit from events, even from markets, as they attract many more people to the area than would normally visit.

Should we embrace multi-storey development in the inner city to boost the local economy, or should we preserve the human-scale character of place, even in the run down east of the CBD that looks desolate and uninviting? What is the right placemaking and balance? You will hear very opposing views about that in the community.

Placemaking for me is about being extremely sensitive and understanding that there is no way in the world we can please everyone, and it is about not being selfish, and learning to acknowledge that the common good has priority over individual needs.

I know that it very difficult to accept when it impacts on one’s own life or business, but it is the only way good placemaking can become good governance, and hopefully council can take the majority of the community with them on the very challenging and delicate journey of progress, revitalisation and modernisation.

It is easy to understand that being a local councillor can be a very thankless task, so one has to admire all who nominated for this election.

VOTE to show you care about your community!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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FREO TOP ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2017

 

 

A survey conducted by the WA Tourism Commission has found that Fremantle is the top entertainment precinct in the Perth metropolitan area, according to surveyed visitors.

Fremantle scored 7.3 out of 10 while Elizabeth Quay only came 7th on the list of favourite entertainment zones.

A high percentage of visitors said they would return to Fremantle and that they liked the precinct for its good range of venues and activities.

Fremantle is the most enjoyable precinct to visit, visitors said.

This is very much in line with the feed-back the volunteer tour guides get at the Roundhouse, where most visitors tell us they love Freo but find Perth a bit bland, and they love our stunning heritage buildings.

It is really good to hear something positive about Fremantle from an independent source during the negative local government election campaign, where some candidates have got nothing else to offer than to slam our city.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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LIVE STREAMING OF FREO COUNCIL MEETINGS

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2017

 

Fremantle Council is considering live-streaming council and committee meetings to create more transparency and for the public to better understand local government process.

Looking at the lack of interest in local government I doubt that many people would watch council meetings on their computer or smartphone, but anything that will minimise community ignorance is good, because it is astounding how little Fremantle residents know about what goes on in our city.

At the second last council meeting before the election last night not even the candidates bothered to turn up and get a better understanding of what could be their future place of work.

There is quite clearly a lack of proper communication with the community when most people in South Fremantle and beyond are not aware that the rubber speedhumps in South Terrace are just temporary and that they will be replaced with permanent traffic calming raised platforms, and that street furniture and new trees will give the area a more residential appearance.

When only a small percentage of residents have applied for a parking permit that allows them to park for free twenty hours per day, that has been available for over ten years, that shows that the information does not get through to the people, hence they complain about perceived parking problems.

The Fremantle Festival parade is scratched because of lack of interest from the community, and not many people turn up any more to watch the Blessing of the Fleet, that used to be a big draw card, simply because they do not know it is on. Even at ANZAC Day there are fewer people watching than in previous years, so what needs to be done?

Having a massive decline in spectators does affect our local traders, so let’s start with the basics, improve communication, and get the message out there that Freo is alive and well.

Live streaming might interest only a few but it is worth consideration. It is important though that the privacy of public speakers is protected so that they don’t attract social media bullies.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

A SIGN OF BAD MANAGEMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, event, sign by freoview on December 12, 2016

event-sign

 

The bicycle event this sign on the corner of High and Cliff streets refers to was held in Fremantle eight days ago on Sunday so why has nobody bothered to remove it?

It is a recurring nuisance that events organisers or traffic management companies forget to pick up all the signs around the city after events and they are just left there, or stuck on posts, etc.

Maybe the contract event organisers sign with the City of Fremantle should stipulate that all signs need to be removed on the day of the event.

Roel Loopers

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COUNCIL GIFTS A PROBLEM FOR QUORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, councils, local government, western australia by freoview on July 25, 2016

WA Today reports that councils in WA have problems getting a quorum at Council and committee meetings because of the new gift disclosure rules by the State Government.

I believe this is very important for Fremantle as Councillors will be asked to consider events applications, sponsorships, reduction of fees, etc. and their attendance of previous events might jeopardise their ability to perform the duty and vote on these matters.

As I wrote in a previous post I believe Fremantle Council should stop accepting all complimentary tickets and pay for them instead, so that a conflict of interest no longer applies.

If the Mayor or other members open or speak at an event that should not be considered free entry and no disclosure should have to be made.

The updated gift register of the City of Fremantle shows the tickets accepted by Councillors were not expensive gifts, so why can’t COF budget for a few thousand dollars a year to accommodate members fulfilling their duty and going to events to monitor what is going on.

It is not good local government to end up with committees and ordinary council not having a quorum, so the City needs to be proactive to prevent this from happening.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE GIFT REGISTER UPDATED

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, events, local government, western australia by freoview on July 24, 2016

The City of Fremantle has updated its on-line gift register where Elected Members and officers declare gifts they have received, after I asked two weeks ago on Freo’s View how many complimentary tickets for events were given to Fremantle Councillors.

You can see for yourself now which organisers offered free tickets to events to Councillors and which Councillors accepted the gifts, presumably to be able to see for themselves how these events are being conducted. Go to the COF website to view the register: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au

Roel Loopers

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